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Terrell Things to Do

  • 24th Governor of Texas

    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...

  • William Henry Burnett

    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...

  • Texas Pacific Railroad

    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...

  • Midland Railroad

    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...

  • The R.L. Warren House

    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...

  • Old City Hall

    The old City Hall was built in 1914 by architects Van Slyke and Woodruff and remained active in this role until around 1989 when it was converted to a Community Service Centre - which is still is today.

  • The Fountain

    This fountain which is found in a garden in front of the main Hospital building, along with a water tower on the grounds, are the only original structures remaining from the old Hospital site..

  • Terrell State Hospital

    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...

  • Southwestern Christian College

    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...

  • The Carnegie Library Building

    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...

  • Grounds of the College

    This area was originally occupied as by the former Texas Military College. There are 15 buildings on the campus..

  • Bethlehem Baptist Church

    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..

  • Historic Terrell

    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...

  • R.A. Terrell House

    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...

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

    The first church commenced its construction on this site in 1878 in a Victorian Gothic style and was completed in 1907. It has an elaborately carved oak altar and rare Gratian organ. The site is listed as a Texas Historic Landmark..


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Terrell Restaurants

  • Great Mexican Food

    Carmona's consistantly wins awards in the Terrell area for the best Mexican Food. The decor is nice and the menu varied. They even have items for vegetarians. Service was friendly and professional. Try the Spinach Enchiladas, very tasty and healthy too.

  • J. Pier Restaurant

    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...

  • Stop and Go

    Stop and Go - now there's an original name. There are lots of little local places like this in Terrell. Just good for a quick stop and bit..


Terrell Nightlife

  • Upscale Sports Bar

    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...

  • Not a Place I would Head To

    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...

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Terrell Transportation

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    Getting there

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 8, 2006

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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.

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Terrell Shopping

  • Outlet Prices Near Dallas

    Terrell Texas is home to one of the Tanger Oulet Parks. They have a variety of shops with outlet prices, so stop and shop until you drop or run out of money. Almost anything, they have a variety of stores Outlet Parks offer goods at below retail.

  • Russell Stover Candies Outlet

    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 -...

  • Tanger Outlet Mall

    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)..


Terrell Local Customs

  • Weather

    Temperatures range from an average low of 72F to an average high of 97F in July and from 33F to 54F in January.

  • Ned Green

    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...

  • Historical Markers

    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.


Terrell Off The Beaten Path

  • Kaufman

    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...

  • Lake Ray Hubbard

    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...

  • Forney

    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.


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    A History of Cotton

    by keeweechic Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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.

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