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    COMMERCE, TEXAS

    Bois d'Arc Capital of the World

    Hunt County, North Central Texas
    10 miles N of I-30
    65 miles NE of Dallas
    125 miles W of Texarkana

    Population 7669 (2000)

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    Commerce High School, Commerce, Texas
    Commerce High School
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    Home of Texas A & M - Commerce
    Gateway to Cooper Lake

    The Commerce event calendar revolves around the September Bois d'Arc Bash. The Bash occurs on the nearest weekend to Sept 25th, the anniversary of the town's incorporation in 1885.

    Commerce has taken this maligned and under-appreciated tree and only asks that we take a closer look. The name is pronounced Bo-Dark (which sounds like a late night AM Disc Jockey). The tree's seed was once a commercial export to foreign places like Oklahoma, where it was planted in fence lines before the advent of barbed wire.

    McKinney and Bonham also have the tree in their history. Blocks were cut of the durable wood and streets were paved with it. Max, the former Champion Bois d'Arc in the State of Texas, recently lost his throne to a tree in Corsicana (of all places), but can still be visited (and consoled) inside the city limits of Commerce.

    Since Bois d'Arc "apples" can't be eaten, the folks at Commerce also hold a Crawfish Festival and 5K Run/Walk the first Saturday in May.

    Perhaps due to the University, Commerce has a variety of restaurants and coffeehouses that is unusual for a town this size. If you're driving from Dallas to Texarkana, it's worth the slight detour to become acquainted with this energized community. There are 23 restaurants in Commerce - please contact the Commerce Chamber for a list.

    Commerce High School Class of 1922
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  • Commerce High School Class Of 1922
    Photo courtesy Cary W. Hall
  • Commerce High School Class of 1927
  • Commerce High School Class Of 1927
    Photo courtesy Winfred R. Hall
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  • Flying Tigers by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" column)
    "Many native East Texans find fame and fortune far away from their birthplace. A case in point is Claire Lee Chennault, who was born in Commerce, Texas..."
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    Miss Tula Milford of Commerce High School
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    Commerce Chamber of Commerce
    1227 Washington Street
    903-886-3950
    Website: www.digitcom.org
    Contact the Chamber for some of their brochures. A downtown map of Commerce is furnished and one for the University and Cooper Lake as well.

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.

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