The Grayson County Courthouse
The Grayson County Courthouse extends a long shadow over town square and is the third courthouse for Sherman.
The first courthouse the town established was of log construction (1846). When the town was relocated three miles from its original site, a more substantial courthouse was erected in 1876. However, this was torched during the Sherman riot in 1930.
The courthouse was destroyed in a fire intentionally set by a vigilante force who came after a black man jailed in the vault. He had been accused of assaulting a white woman, but before he could be sentenced was killed in the blaze. Newspaper reports of this event can be seen and read at The Red River Museum.
The present courthouse was erected in 1936 in the 'Moderne style", designed by architects, Voelcker and Dixon. The design features a simple form with no ornamentation and is of concrete and limestone.
For more history see www.shermantx.org
The Butterfield Overland Coach Company & Mail Rt.
Sherman was one of the scheduled stops on the Butterfield Overland Coach Company and Mail Route--you might be thinking, "What's that"?
The Butterfield Overland Stage Company was an overland passenger and mail route service which received the US mail contract in 1857, after bidding against nine other overland stage companies.
Unbeknownst to them, the Postmaster General overseeing the southern district was wanting to open up new territory through Texas and El Paso to San Francisco, California known as the Ox Bow route*.
This extra 600 miles of territory required extra relay stations and frontier forts along the way. The company was required to cover the 2,800 miles in 25 days if they wanted to receive the $600,000 government grant for the mail service. To do this, Butterfield had to employ over 800 men and keep 250 Concord Overland stages running, not to mention the 1800 stock necessary.
Wells Fargo and Company took over the Butterfield Overland Stage Company in 1860, due to the debt owed them by John Butterfield. Wells Fargo became a monopoly in long distance overland coach and mail service by 1866.
*The OxBow route was eliminated at the start of the Civil War.
Butterfield Overland Mail operated passenger and mail service every other week (1858-1861) from St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee across northern Texas to San Francisco, California. Sherman, Texas was one of the stops on the route.
Sherman Texas is a small Texas town located about an hour north of Dallas. We have access to all the activity of Dallas without the traffic. We also have Lake Texoma just a 1/2 hour north of Sherman. Thats where we hang out on summer weekends. We have a trailer, pontoon boat, and a small sailboat.