Gov Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861 - 1940) was the 24th governor of Texas from 1911 - 1915. He was known as the Napoleon of Texas Politics as well as 'Little Oscar' because of his height. Born in Georgia, he was a descendant of the American Revolution and Civil War fighters. During his life he was a tenant farmer, Newspaperman, Texas Senator and...more
William Henry Burnett was a black farm boy and promising scholastic pupil who under the guidance of a Presbyterian Missionary Alexander R Wilson, received an education and was awarded a scholarship to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Once trained as a teacher, he returned to Texas to dedicate his life to the education of black children. After...more
Terrell was located on the Texas & Pacific Railroad route and some of the land was given to the railroad with the condition that a permanent depot would be established within the donated land. The first depot in 1873 was just a 20 x 60 frame but by 1884 it almost doubled in size to include an office, waiting room and freight room. A separate...more
Midland Railroad #993 El Paso Rail Car - This was the private car of 'Ned' Green, President of the Midland Railroad and it is on display in Ben Gill Park. Green was a prominent citizen of Terrell and served as the state Republican Party Chairman in 1896. (see Cultural Tips). A special exhibit in the rail car is planned to celebrate the 100th...more
Quite an unusual mansion which was built in1904 by Robert Lee Warren who in 1911 - 1915 was a State Senator and entertained many leading Texans in his home. There are 18 rooms which include a formal reception hall, two large drawing rooms, a conservatory, 10 fireplaces and a basement and attic. It was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1973...more
In 1920, the Terrell State Hospital with 2,300 patients was the largest facility of its kind west of the Mississippi. TSH offers services for mental illness and mental retardation to enable those afflicted to make choices that will enrich their lives, give dignity and increase independence. The hospital provides services to individuals within a...more
Southwestern Christian College was originally founded in 1949 as Southern Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas then moved the following year to Terrell. Its primary purpose is to offer a well-rounded educational program that motivates students to value academic excellence and to assist educational, culturally and/or economically disadvantaged...more
The Carnegie Library Building was completed in 1904 and sits on the site owned by a local publisher who later became the Governor of Texas. The building was a gift by Andrew Carnegie and is the only library in Kaufman County serving students from 5 local colleges. The building has been recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark.The Terrill Heritage...more
This is the oldest black Baptist congregation in existence in Terrell with its history going back to 1877 when the first group of worshippers gathered together under an Brush Arbor. There were two previous churches built in different locations with the last one being destroyed by fire. This current church was built in 1940..more
The Downtown Shopping Area is part of the Terrell Historical District and more than $4 million is being spent on renovation under the Main Street Program. The Corley/Hulsey House was built in 1896 by John Neilson, a former shipbuilder. A lot of the building materials were shipped to Jefferson, Texas by boat and then by railroad to Terrell. The...more
R.A. Terrell House (c.1860-65) is on the campus of Southwestern Christian College was one of the city's first homes. The home belonged to the founder of the city, Robert A. Terrell and is one of only 20 surviving round houses in the U. S. It is both a state and national historic landmark. (Interior not open to the public.) This house replaced the...more
Quite a unique 150 yr old building in downtown Terrell. This restaurant is full of alcoves, walkways and special seating areas which all lend themselves to create a cosy atmosphere. You can enjoy the basement which resembles a hidden room of a castle or the balcony with a view of the Queen Mary (mural on the wall).Some of the specialities included...more
The Matador Club is an upscale sports bar aimed at adults especially sports enthusiasts. They have flatscreen TV's to keep sports fans entertained along with a digital online Jukebox for today's hits in music. When I was there the bar had a number of attractive young women inside. I heard it can get very crowded on Friday and Saturday Nights. I...more
I didn't see a whole lot of potential night life being advertised. This sign suggests something 'lively' happens there but I did read that Lee's Silver Fox (I-20 & Hwy 34) was a recommended spot. One good thing about Terrell (well Kauffman County actually), unlike some neighbouring parts of Dallas County, Terrel is a 'wet' area. Plenty of liquor...more
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By Car : Terrell is around 25 miles east of Dallas on Interstate Hwy 20 and U.S. Hwy 80. S.H. 34, S.H. 205 and F.M.148 provide north-south access.
By Bus : Continental Trailways bus line (a passenger and freight service) and the Texas Bus Line (passenger service) both travel to Terrell.
By Air : Terrell Municipal Airport - is a public access airport with services for commercial and private flights. Aircraft operations, including local general aviation, transient general aviation, and air taxi, average 70 per day. - 201 Silent Wings Boulevard.
Commercial Airports - Dallas Love Field, 40 miles and
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 45 miles West of Terrell.
This company which started in 1921, is the largest boxed chocolate manufacturer in the U.S. They sell 3 levels of quality - First quality - which are the perfect products normally bought at retail outlets. The Intermediate quality - which are products that are close to being out of date (usually discounted 36-50 percent below retail) and Seconds -...more
The Tanger Outlet Center is right alongside I-20, with a quick right turn of the wheel, you can be in a shoppers paradise with every day being a sale day. There are more than 40 stores with the best selection of brand name merchandise at unbeatable prices (an average of 40% off retail)..more
Ned Green, son of the 'Witch of Wall Street' Hetty Green (at the time the richest woman in America), was a colourful character, and as well-known for his personal exploits as for his business acumen. Ned Green made the first automobile trip in Texas, a jaunt from Terrell to Dallas, at flying speeds of 20-25 mph. He also suffered the first auto...more
There are more than 27 official Texas Historical Markers in the city commemorating early churches, public buildings, people, and events important in local history. You can obtain a guide (with map) to see all the city's marker sites from the Terrell Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau.more
Kaufman is a small town in Kaufman County just south of Terrell. There are some 14 historical markers within the city. A small city with a population of only around 6,500 people. An early frontier fort of the Republic of Texas was built in 1840 in Kaufman on a favourite hunting ground for area Indians and settlement was delayed several years by...more
Lake Ray Hubbard is a large 22,745-acre reservoir on the East Fork of the Trinity River which borders 4 counties. It is a very popular recreation lake with boating and swimming activities, unfortunately drownings occur all too frequently. Robertson Park is the 2nd most popular park and has one of the many Marinas that line the shores of Lake Ray...more
A few miles or so down the road heading West on Hwy80 you will come to Forney. Right alongside the freeway is dozens of Antique stores holding everything imaginable (something for everyone). Forney township itself doesn't hold much - yet, but its a quaint little spot with some lovely old homes.more
Favorite thing: Terrell is approximately 25 miles east of Dallas on Interstate Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 80. S.H. 34, S.H. 205 and F.M.148 provide north-south access. There are still remnants of Terrells prosperous 1880's cotton era found around the railways tracks. Cotton merchants became wealthy building large homes along a street that still remains the 'Silk Stocking Row' of the city.