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ROYSE CITY, TEXAS

Rockwall County, North Central Texas
Highway 66
5 Miles NE of Rockwall
31 Miles NE of Dallas

Population: 2,957 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town dates from 1886 when G. B. Royse, platted the town and sold lots. Word had gotten out the year before that the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad would be laying tracks across the county and the new community drew population and businesses from nearby Fate, Texas.

In 1886 the town was granted a post office and by 1890 the town had the impressive (for 1890) population of 1,000. Cotton was the town’s lifeblood through its early years with ginning, trading and oil extracting the major industries. By 1914 there were 1,300 residents serviced by 40 businesses.

Even with the boll weevil infestation of the 1920s, the population remained over 1,000. Likewise, the Great Depression didn’t affect the town to the degree it did most. After WWII, the population increased to 1,243 by 1960. After a slight decline it rose to new heights, reaching 1,800 by the late 1980s and 2,957 for the 2000 census.

First United Methodist Church, Royse City, Texas
Royse City's First United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
First United Methodist Church hsitorical marker, Royse City, Texas
First United Methodist Church Historical Marker. More Texas Churches
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
First National Bank building, Royse City, Texas
First National Bank building in Royse City. More Texas Banks
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Royse City, Texas architectural detail
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007. See Texas Architecture

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