So, after being in Sherman, Texas for 12 months now, I thought it was time to visit the Sherman museum (open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm) and learn a bit more about my ‘home town’ in Texas! The museum is located in a building that was formerly Sherman’s first public library, built in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie. It is a fairly small and simple museum, but still interesting – there are only a few permanent displays on the history of local life and a couple of temporary exhibits (at the time of my visit it was prehistoric Sherman – dinosaur bones, etc. and local musicians from the Texoma area – Gene Autry was born in Sherman!). I didn’t mind the $5 entry fee as I like to support the promotion and preservation of local history. I thought I would share some of what I have learned about Sherman and Grayson County.
Sherman was founded in 1846 and designated as the seat of Grayson County in the state of Texas, USA. The city is located approximately 65 miles north of Dallas and was named for General Sidney Sherman, a Texas Revolution war hero who was credited with the cry “Remember the Alamo!”
Sherman was a great producer of cotton and by 1896; the Grayson County Birge-Forbes Cotton Company was the largest cotton broker in the South. The Sherman Cotton Seed Mill, founded in 1879, was the largest in the world until 1891!
Sherman was also home (in later life) to Olive Oatman (later Fairchild), a woman who, along with a sister, was captured by a Native American tribe (in Arizona), whilst her family was trying to make their way to California (her parents were murdered and a brother survived). She wrote a book about her experiences among the Mohave people and she achieved some celebrity status, partly because of her blue tattooed chin (she wore a scarf around her chin in later years to cover it), which the Mohave’s gave her.
Today Sherman is relatively small town, but still has a bit to offer; there are plenty of parks and recreation areas, a good cultural offering with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and the Hot Summer Nights free concert series offered during the summer months, the shopping is good for its size, offering everything you could need and the historic downtown square has character and interest.
The climate is classified as “humid subtropical” – and I can attest to the fact that it is humid!
The population is around 40,000.
I think the unofficial symbol of Sherman must be the Pecan tree (pronounced: pe-carn!)
Religion is strong in Sherman, with there being around 85 churches in the city. Sherman was known from its early days as an educational and religious centre (it earned the nickname as “The Athens of Texas” in the 1870’s) and is home to Austin College, whose mascot is the kangaroo!
A lot of the area around the city of Sherman could be classified as rural as there are large amounts of farming and crop growing lands.
The city is half of the Sherman-Denison Metro Area
The city is only 15mins from the Oklahoma border
According to Sterlings Best Places Sherman’s unemployment rate is 4.9% and the median house price is only $80,500! You can get an exceptional house for under $200,000 here and the cost of living is relatively cheap compared with areas closer to Dallas, but it is still close enough to Dallas (which is only an hour away) for all the big cultural, sporting and entertainment events you could want (a weekend in Dallas is far cheaper than a weekend in Sydney!).