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DETROIT, TEXAS

Birthplace of John Nance Garner

Red River County, East Texas

3339'42"N 9515'52"W (33.661703, -95.264524)
On Hwy 82
2 miles E of the Lamar County Line
East of Paris
West of Clarksville
Population: 732 (2010) 776 (2000) 706 (1990)

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Detroit TX Water Tower

Detroit Water Tower
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.
Downtown Detroit, Texas
Downtown Detroit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
First Christian Church, Detroit,  Texas
First Christian Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Welcome to Detroit. Established 1876
Photo courtesy Brian Truncali, July 0009

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Detroit, Texas Nearby Towns:
Paris | Clarksville
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