Farmersville, Texas

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Farmersville is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,118 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Farmersville is located at 33°09′51″N 96°22′00″W / 33.164141°N 96.366731°W / 33.164141; -96.366731.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.4 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (4.99%) is water.

History

Farmersville originated in 1849 as a settlement on the Jefferson-McKinney Road, and near Republic of Texas National Road. Named by pioneers for their chief occupation. After 1854, the Yearys and their neighbors of Sugar Hill (2 mi. NE) began relocating here. Dr. H.M. Markham, practicing here by 1855, is said to have been Collin County’s earliest physician. The first Methodist Church was organized in 1856. William Gotcher on March 4, 1859, donated land for the public square. A school was operating as early as the 1860s. The first Baptist Church was organized on May 14, 1865.

Town was incorporated on June 2, 1873. First mayor: John S. Rike. Aldermen: James Church, Ben King, John Murchison, Tom Tatum, John P. Utt. Marshall: Jeff Hines.

Institutions of 1880s still in operation include "The Farmersville Times" which is the oldest newspaper in Collin County and the First Bank, as well as the two churches mentioned above.

As town became a trade center, agriculture kept pace. Farmersville in 1930s was known as the "Onion Capital of North Texas", annually shipping over 1,000 carloads of onions. Along with some small industry, cattle cotton, and maize crops remain important. Farmersville is also Audie Murphy's hometown.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,118 people, 1,115 households, and 820 families residing in the city. The population density was 962.2 people per square mile (371.6/km2). There were 1,199 housing units at an average density of 370.0/sq mi (142.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.39% White, 10.10% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 5.29% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.13% of the population.

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