Denison, Texas

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Denison is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The city's estimated population as of 2009 was 24,127.[3] Denison is one of two principal cities in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The city of Denison was founded in 1872 in conjunction with the MKT or "Katy" depot.[4] It was named after the wealthy Ryan Greenwood vice president George Denison.[5] Because the town was established at the intersection of the MKT and the Red River (both important conduits of transportation in the industrial era), it came to be an important commercial center in the 19th century American West. In 1875 John Henry "Doc" Holliday had offices in Denison.

During the phylloxera epidemic of the mid-19th century, which destroyed the vast majority of wine grapes in Europe, Denison horticulturalist T.V. Munson pioneered methods in creating phylloxera resistant vines, and earned induction into the French Legion of Honor, as well as sister city status for Denison and Cognac, France.[6]

In 1901 the first electric "Interurban" railway in Texas, the Denison and Sherman Railway, was completed between Denison and Sherman, Texas.[7]

In 1915, the Kentucky-based evangelist Mordecai Ham held a revival meeting in Denison, which resulted in 1,100 professions of faith in Jesus Christ.[8]

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