Established in 1872 as railhead for the
first railroad into Texas from north Missouri, and Kansas.
Five miles south of the Red River, Denison is the gateway to
Texas and popular Lake Texoma.
Noted as the birthplace of President
Dwight D. Eisenhower. Diversified industries include major
food processors, fabricated metal products, and major medical
services. Home of Grayson County junior College. Historical
Driving Tour and details on area attractions available at
chamber of commerce, 313 W. Woodard.Old Katy Depot on Main
St. next to Katy Park Plaza is handsome 1909 depot listed on
National Register of Historic Places.
short, informative tours of Denison Dam
powerhouse; exhibit of fossils unearthed during construction
of the dam that impounds Lake Texoma. Tours Mon. - Fri. 1
p.m. North of city on Texas 91.
On October 14, 1890, Dwight D.
Eisenhower was born in a two-story white frame house at 208
E. Day St., son of a worker in the nearby Missouri, Kansas
& Texas Railway shops. Home restored to 1890 appearance
by Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation; operated by Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department as a State Historic Site. Open daily.
Eisenhower State Park-
450 acres on shore of Lake
Texoma with modern marina. Swimming, fishing, camping, RV
sites, boat rentals, picnicking and hiking trails. Seven
miles northwest via Texas 91, F.M. 1310, and Park Road 20;
Grayson County Frontier
Collection of 18 rustic buildings
dating from 1840 to 1900 include 1839 log cabin and log
schoolhouse with teacher's sleeping loft; homes and business
structures, portable jail lockup, all restored and furnished.
Frontier Village Museum exhibits household utensils, antique
crystal and enamelware, pioneer clothing, tools and farm
machinery. Village on 17 acres in Loy Park open mid-May to
Oct. 25 Wed. through Sun. I - 5 p.m. At southwest edge of
Denison, Loy Park/ Frontier Village exit 67, U.S. 75 at Loy
Lake Road. (903)463-2487.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge-
11,300 acres of land and water
offers food and rest haven for migrating and wintering
waterfowl on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. Some 300
bird species have been recorded on the refuge that's visited
by 135,000 people each year. In addition to huge flocks of
migrants passing through each fall and spring, observers may
see killdeer, snowy egrets, rails, plovers and sandpipers in
summer; great blue herons and other wading and shore birds in
winter; native white-tailed deer and other animals year
round. When oil was discovered on the refuge in 1951,
development proceeded with care, Significantly, some 200
carefully maintained wells produce vital energy today in
harmony with the wildlife that perches on, feeds by, and
rests near the well sites, Self-guided driving tour of the
refuge. Visitor center has interpretive displays,
information, and bird lists. From U.S. 75 between Denison
Sherman, take FM 691 west to county airport, FM 1417 north
1.5 mi., local signed road west to refuge,
Loy Lake Park
Attractive municipal park offers
facilities for picnicking, fishing, and boating (no power
boats). Also Frontier Village (above).Southwestern part of
city on Loy Lake Rd.