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    DETROIT, TEXAS

    Birthplace of John Nance Garner

    Red River County, East Texas
    On Hwy 82, 2 miles E of the Lamar County Line
    East of Paris
    West of Clarksville

    Population: 700

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    Photo courtesy Brian Truncali, July 0009
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Former Vice-President John Nance Garner's birthplace is about 6 miles SW on FM 410. Garner's name is more closely linked with Uvalde, Texas, where he had a vast sheep ranch. Garner and Sam Rayburn (who grew up in Fannin County) were fast friends throughout their lengthy terms of service in Washington. Rayburn, although a long-term resident of North Texas, was actually born in Tennessee.

    The Starkesville Post Office moved to the new townsite along the Missouri Pacific Railroad and after the move was known as Bennett. Detroit, Michigan was the hometown of the railroad agent and he saw fit to rename the town Detroit.

    The approximately 700 people of Detroit have done a great job of keeping their town looking its best.
    First Christian Church, Detroit,  Texas

    First Christian Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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    Downtown Detroit, Texas
    Downtown Detroit
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
    Established 1876
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