Farmersville, Texas History and Information
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Farmersville Texas, a History
Farmersville originated 1849 as a settlement on the Jefferson-McKinney Road, and near the Republic of Texas National Road. It was a trading center for the farmers who were rapidly settling the area and named by pioneers for their chief occupation.
Farmersville is positioned 33.16 degrees north of the equator and 96.35 degrees west of the prime meridian. In more local terms, that's about the intersection of Hwy 380 and Hwy 78. In a straight line, the distance from Farmersville to Washington DC is about 1195 miles. It's about 213 miles to the state capital as the crow flies.
Post Office and Trains
The Farmersville post office was established in 1857, with Thomas E. Sherwood as its first postmaster.
In the early days the settlement was a major railroad shipping point for cattle and bois d'arc posts. In later years cotton, corn, and maize became major crops, along with onions and cantaloupes.
The City of Farmersville is served by the Farmersville Independent School District.
After 1854, the Yearys and their neighbors of Sugar Hill (2 mi. NE) began relocating here. Dr. H.M. Markham, practicing here by 1855, is said to have been Collin County's earliest physician. The first Methodist Church was organized in 1856. William Gotcher on March 4, 1859, donated land for the public square. A school was operating as early as the 1860s. The first Baptist Church was organized on May 14, 1865. Farmersville was incorporated on June 2, 1873. John S. Rike became the first mayor. Farmersville is a charter member city of the North Texas Municipal Water District and owner of its own electrical system. In the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Farmersville was known as the "Onion Capital of North Texas"
Notable current and former residents of Farmersville:
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