Whitewright, Texas

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Whitewright is a town in Fannin and Grayson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 1,740 at the 2000 census.

The Grayson County portion of Whitewright is part of the ShermanDenison Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Fannin County portion is part of the Bonham Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Whitewright is located at 33°30′40″N 96°23′36″W / 33.51111°N 96.39333°W / 33.51111; -96.39333 (33.511136, -96.393400),[3] primarily in Grayson County, with a portion in Fannin County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.5 km² (2.1 sq mi). 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.47% is water,

Education

The city is served by the Whitewright Independent School District.

History

The settlement was established in 1878, when New York investor and financier William Whitewright Jr. (b. 1815 - d. 1898), for whom his family name was the community named, purchased a tract of land in the path of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was then extending its tracks across the county from Sherman to Greenville. Whitewright had the land surveyed as a townsite and left two of his agents, Jim Reeves and Jim Batsell, to sell lots in the new community. Likely due to the combination of its rail connection and its location in the center of perhaps the richest farmland in the county near the headwaters of the Bois d' Arc creek, Whitewright soon attracted settlers and businesses.

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