Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 3,793
2000 Census - 3,760
Whitesboro, Texas
Whitesboro Texas History:
The earliest area settler was Robert Diamond. The town developed after the Ambrose B. White family moved into the Wolfpath area in the lake 1840s. From 1858 to 1861 the Whites owned and operated the Westview Inn which was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route. By 1861, fourteen families lived around the inn. The Whitesboro post office was established in 1860. After the Civil War the town received an influx of Southern settlers. The town became so wild that women were prohibited from leaving their homes on Saturday nights because shootings were so common. When Whitesborough incorporated in 1873, it had saloons, several stores and 500 residents. In 1879, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad built a line between Denison and Whitesborough. In 1887 the town reincorporated and respelled the name Whitesboro. In 1920 Whitesboro had 1,810 residents and was a small manufacturing center and was a commercial center for area farmers. Whitesboro is located at the intersections of U.S. 377, U.S. 82 and SH 56, 40 miles north of Little Elm and Lewisville Lake, 13.4 miles north of Tioga and Lake Ray Roberts, 6.7 miles north of Collinsville, 39.5 miles northeast of Denton, 14 miles northeast of Gainesville, 18.7 miles slightly northeast of Lindsay, 11 miles slightly southwest of Gordonville and Lake Texoma, a mile southwest of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 26.7 miles southwest of Denison, 20 miles southwest of Pottsboro, 47 miles west of Bonham, and 18 miles west of Sherman, Texas. 12 miles south of Gordonville and Lake Texoma, 14 miles east of Gainesville, and 19 miles west of Sherman, Texas.
History of the Painted Churches of Texas:
The more than 20 painted churches in Texas were established by German or Czech emigrants. The churches are so named because almost every interior surface area is painted in vivid colors. Some church interiors are painted in more detail than others. Wall inscriptions are in German or Czech. Many of the churches are small with high steeples. Many of the wooden churches are painted white. The 1886 Wesley Brethren Church in Wesley is the oldest and most primitive of the Painted Churches in Texas. It was a former school house. The 1913 Church of the Guardian Angel in Wallis, Texas was the last painted church built in Texas. In 1984, fifteen of these churches were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Five of the painted churches are located in Fayette County and five are located in Lavaca County. The most famous of the painted churches are the High Hill, Ammannsville, Dubina and Praha churches in Fayette County. All four of these churches are beautifully painted, and all are located within a short distance of each other. The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce offers tours of these four churches. Call (866) 504-5294 for a tour. The majority of the painted churches offer regular mass or church services. Photos
St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1918, Lindsay, Texas:
This German church was organized in 1892. The original church was destroyed by a cyclone. The present church was designed in neo-Romanesque style by Dutch architect Frank A. Ludewig, and built by Henry Wardein. The interior paintings of St. Benedict and St. Boniface were painted by Dr. Mathias Zell, father of Bernard Zell, the church pastor from 1910 to 1923. The remainder of the interior painting was completed by Swiss immigrant artist Friedolin Fuchs. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is located in the small village of Lindsay on Main Street (follow the steeple). (940) 668-7609. 424 W Main Street. Lindsay is located 38 miles west of Sherman, Texas. Church Website
Whitesboro Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, a genealogy area, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. You may also apply for passports at the library. Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 9am-5:30pm; Tue & Thu, 9am-8pm; Sat, 9am-2pm; closed Sundays. (903) 564-5432. 308 W. Main Street. Email
Choctaw Casino, Durant, OK, Northeast of Denison/Sherman, TX:
The 12 story casino offers live entertainment, gambling, several restaurants including Austin’s Salt Lick BBQ, a spa, pools and an RV park. ‎ (888) 652-4628. The casino is located at 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, Oklahoma. Durant is located 22.5 miles northeast of Denison, 33 miles northeast of Sherman, and 39.6 miles northwest of Bonham, Texas. Email  Map & Directions  
WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, OK, North of Gainesville, TX:
Amenities include 5,800 gaming machines, 116 tables, and several restaurants. The WinStar World Casino has 395 guest rooms; the Inn at Win Star is within walking distance of the casino. Additional amenities include an RV park and an 18-hole golf course. (800) 622-6317. This casino is located in Thackerville, Oklahoma which is just across the border from Gainesville, Texas on Oklahoma IH-35 at Exit 1. (405) 276-4229.
Weinhof Winery in Forestburg and in Muenster:
This small winery offers fruit and specialty wines. They have locations in Muenster and in Forestburg. The Forestburg tasting room is open Sat, 12 noon-6pm; Sun, 12:30pm-5pm, or by appointment. The Muenster Tasting Room is open Fri-Sat, 12 noon-6pm; Sun, 12 noon-5pm, or by appointment. They host special events and are available for private functions. Forestburg: (972) 964-2552. 16678 FM 455, Forestburg. Muenster: (940) 759-4637. 123 W. Division Street (SH. 82) in Muenster. Email  Forestburg Area Map  Muenster Area Map
Bard Farms, Whitesboro:
Owner Robert Bard raises miniature Hereford and Lowline Angus grass-fed cattle. Breeding stock is available year round; beef is available in late spring. (903) 564-7878. 3059 West Line Road, Whitesboro, Texas 76273. Email
R&C Dairy and Farmstead, Collinsville:
Rocky and Carol Testerman have a herd of dairy goats, miniature jersey cows, and chickens and border collies. They are a state certified, Grade A raw milk dairy. Products include goat milk, jersey milk, kefir, yogurt, buttermilk, goat milk butter, jersey butter, fresh goat cheese, goat and beef meat, goat milk soap, eggs, seasonal fresh preserves, U-pick seasonal fruits and vegetables and gift baskets. They offer CSA memberships. For hours and availability of products visit the blog or call. (903) 429-2319. 40 Crossroads Road, Collinsville. Email 
The Wild Berry Farm, Sadler:
They raise six acres of blueberries and three acres of blackberries (all but two varieties are thornless). During the season visitors may pick their own berries. Amenities include picnic tables and fish food for children to feed the catfish in the pond. (903) 564-6228. 905 Crawford Road, Sadler, TX. They are located near Whitesboro, mid-way between Sherman and Gainesville, Texas. Email   Sadler Map   Sadler Area Map
Lavender Ridge Farms, Gainesville:
They grow and sell lavender, herbs, zinnias and other cut flowers, and vegetables. The lavender starts to bloom mid-May and may generally be picked through early or mid-July. You may cut lavender from the field beginning with the Lavender Festival which is always held on Memorial Day weekend. Their café serves a lavender lunch. The farm is available for private events. (940) 665-6938. They are located 8 miles east of Gainesville at 2391 CR 178, Gainesville, TX 76240. Email 
Red River Peach Orchard, Gainesville:
Pick your own. Check website for schedule. Norman Miller: (940) 612-2600. The orchard is located at 300 CR 134, Gainesville.
Event Venue - Jimmie O. Rector Community Center:
Amenities include amulti-purpose room with stage, meeting rooms, full kitchen, and a game room. The center hosts senior dances, classes for all ages, and other activities. The multi-purpose room is available for walking from 9am-12 noon. This reservable center is located at 400 North Wilson Street. (903) 564-5964.
Annual Whitesboro's Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show, 1st Weekend in Mar:
This annual show was renamed after Shauney Lucas was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October, 2010 at the age of 18. This art show features a reception and works of local and regional artists; no crafts. This event is held at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center. (903) 564-5964. 400 Wilson Street.
Annual Red River Valley Yard Sale on U.S. 82 and U.S. 287, First Friday & Saturday in June:
The yard sale is located on U.S. 82 from Clarksville, Texas to Seymour, Texas, and on U.S. 287 from Vernon to Bowie, for a total of 350 miles of yard sale. Participating towns and sites include the Bonham Visitor Center (327 N. Main), Callisburg City Hall (59 Campbell), Clarksville’s Gateway Antiques on the Square (125 Locust), Denison Chamber of Commerce (313 W. Woodard Street), Gainesville’s Radcliff’s Buffalo Nickel (201 W. U.S. 82), Henrietta Dairy Queen (927 E. Omega), Holliday’s RT’s Food Store (206 W. Olive), Honey Grove Public Library (500 6th Street), Muenster Antique Mall (405 E. Division), Munday Chamber of Commerce (121 E. B Street), New Boston T & P Trailhead Park (South Ellis and SE Front Streets), Nocona Dairy queen (301 E. U.S. 82), Paris Chamber of Commerce (8 West Plaza), Quanah Chamber of Commerce (220 S. Main), Saint Jo’s Gas Station (306 S. Broad), Seymour Chamber of Commerce (400 N. Main), Sherman’s A Touch of Class Antiques (118 W. Lamar), Vernon Chamber of Commerce (1614 Main Street), and the Whitesboro Dairy Queen (1001 U.S. 377 North). Red River Valley Tourism Association: (800) 782-7167. (940) 538-6768. For more information call the Whitesboro Chamber of Commerce at (903) 564-3331. Email  Map of Participating Towns
Annual Tri County Fishing Festival at Waterloo Lake, Mid-Sept:
This event is open to senior citizens age 50 and over in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties. Open 8am-noon; lunch is served at noon. (903) 463-5116. (903) 892-7316. This event is held at Waterloo Lake at 1101 Waterloo Lake Road in Denison, Texas.
Annual Peanut Festival, Mid-Oct:
Activities include a parade, a classic car show, games, carnival rides, food, 5 entertainment stages, over 200 shopping booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment and children’s activities. Admission is free. This event is located in downtown Whitesboro. (903) 564-3331.
Annual Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park, Dec:
Activities at this free event include the 6pm parade, and activities at Trollinger Park including visits with Santa, hot dogs, hot chocolate, goodies, live music and more. (903) 564-3331.
Catfish Haven:
(903) 564-3107.The restaurant is located at 24059 U.S. 377. Reviews