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VAN ALSTYNE, TEXAS

Grayson County, Central Texas North

3325'26"N 9634'43"W (33.423911, -96.578730)

Highways 5 and 75, and FM 121
12 miles S of Sherman the county seat
Population: 4,256 Est. (2018)
3,046 ( 2010) 2,502 (2000) 2,090 (1990)

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Van Alstyne Tx Architectural Detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

The present town of Van Alstyne was formed by residents of a town named Mantua when their community was bypassed by the Houston and Texas Central Railway railroad in 1872. The new town was either named after a railroad stockholder (Marie Van Alstyne) or William A. Van Alstyne, the railroad's surveyor.

A post office was opened in 1873 and the town's population was 400 in 1890. Ten years later the population was nearing 2,000. It's population declined slightly during the first years of the 20th Century but remained strong with all essential business intact. By the mid 1930s it was back up to 1,453 and rose slightly to 1,650 in the late 1940s.


Van Alstyne Landmarks


Downtown Van Alstyne Texas building
Downtown Van Alstyne
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Van Alstyne Texas Downtown building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Van Alstyne Texas Downtown building old photo
Same building from an old newspaper clipping
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Van Alstyne Tx First Christian Church
First Christian Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Van Alstyne Tx First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Painted sign Drink Dr. Pepper, Van Alstyne Texas
Dr. Pepper sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Van Alstyn Tx Fountain Coca-Cola Sign
Fountain Coca-Cola Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Van Alstyne Tx Rexall Drugs Sign
Rexall Drugs Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Van Alstyne Pubic School, texas
The Public School at Van Alstyne
Photo courtesy Stephen Taylor, May 2006

TX - Cannon Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Cannon Cemetery
FM 121
4.5 miles E of Van Alstyne



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Van Alstyne, Texas Nearby Towns:
Sherman the county seat
Denison
Dallas
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