Grayson County, Texas

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Grayson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 110,595. By 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that total population had reached 120,030[1]. Grayson County is included in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area and the DallasFort Worth Combined Statistical Area, and is also part of the Texoma region. It is named after Peter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas. The seat of the county is Sherman[2]. It was founded in 1846.

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History

On May 15, 1896, a tornado measuring F5 on the Fujita scale struck Sherman. The tornado had a damage path 400 yards (370 m) wide and 28 miles (45 km) long, killing 73 people and injuring 200. About 50 homes were destroyed, with 20 of them being completely obliterated.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 979 square miles (2,535.6 km2), of which 934 square miles (2,419.0 km2) is land and 46 square miles (119.1 km2) (4.67%) is water.

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