It was a wild time in
Texas during the late 1800's. Events were prone to take
unexpected turns. Take the case of Canton in East Texas.
It seems that the nearby town of Willis Point had the
notion that, since the railroad came through their fair
city, they should be the county seat. The city leaders
were successful in convincing the right people of the
same, and Willis Point became the county seat. Trouble
was, Van Zandt County already had a county seat: Canton.
And they thought that things had been working just fine
for the last 25 years, It's still disputed whether the
county records were taken through lawful means or stolen.
What no one questions Canton's response. The people of
Canton picked up their trusted arms, marched on to Willis
Point, and reclaimed those records for return to the
county seat in Canton. It took a lengthy court battle
that went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, but the
people of Canton ultimately prevailed, and remains the
county seat of Van Zandt County to this day.
Market "First Monday Trade Days"-
It starts the Friday
before the first Monday of each monty and spans four
days. Which is a good thing because it would take that
long to see everything the vendors of First Monday Trade
Days are hawking. With 100 acres of booths and equal
space for parking, this Texas-sized flea market has it
all, from the priceless to the paltry. A must experience.
Two blocks north of town square (903) 567-6556
Bell collection of Belle Brewer, contains
some 3,200 bells, many rare and exotic. Museum/florist shop is 2
mi. west on Texas 64. Admission.