NAMED AFTER GENERAL SIDNEY SHERMAN, A TEXAS REVOLUTION HERO 1846 The community was designated the county seat which created Grayson County. 1848 The City of Sherman was relocated four miles to its present site because of a lack of wood and water. 1849 Sherman was known as an educational and religious center from the beginning. The first school was founded in 1849 and located on North Crocket Street. 1850 Sherman became an incorporated town under Texas law. 1858 The first stage line, the Butter-field-Overland Stage, arrived in Sherman on September 20th, 1858 and was the first mail route west of the Mississippi River. It was the longest state line in the world and covered a distance of 2,795 miles. 1861 The first flour mill was built. 1870 Sherman earned the nickname “The Athens of Texas” in the 1870’s as many institutions of higher learning found their way to Sherman. 1876 Austin College, the oldest continuously operating college in Texas, relocated from Huntsville to Sherman in 1876. Founded in 1849, it is the oldest college or university in Texas operating under its original charter. 1883 The Sherman public school system was established. 1901 The first electric interurban railway in the state was established between Sherman and Denison and later extended to Dallas. 1950-1960’S During the 1950s and 1960s, the city saw a surge in industrial growth. To this day, Sherman maintains an exceptional industrial base for a city her size.
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