General.. The population is 21,756 and the altitude is 767
Established in 1872 as railhead for first railroad into Texas from north, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas. Five miles south of the Red River, city is gateway to Texas and popular Lake Texoma. Noted as the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Diversified industries include major food processors, fabricated metal products, and major medical services. Home of Grayson County Junior College.
Historical Driving Tour and details on area attractions available at chamber of commerce. 313 West Woodard.
Old Katy Depot on Main Street next to Katy park Plaza is handsome 1909 depot listed on the national Register of Historic Places.
DENISON DAM - Short, informative tours of Denison Dam powerhouse; exhibit of fossils unearthed during construction of the dam that impounds Lake Texoma.
EISENHOWER BIRTHPLACE - On October 14, 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in a two story white-frame house at 208 E. Day St., son of a worker in the nearby Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway shops. Home was restored to 1890 appearance by the Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation; operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a State Historic Site. Open daily. Admission.
EISENHOWER STATE PARK - 450 acres on the shore of Lake Texoma with modern marina. Swimming, fishing, camping, RV sites, boat rentals, picnicking, and hiking trails. Seven miles northwest via U.S 75A, F.M. 1310 and Park Road 20. Admission.
GRAYSON COUNTY FRONTIER VILLAGE - Collection of 18 rustic buildings dating from 2840 to 1900 include 1839 log cabin and log schoolhouse with teacher’s sleeping loft; homes and business structures, portable jail lockup, all restored and furnished. Frontier Village Museum exhibits household utensils, antique crystal and enamelware, pioneer clothing, tools and farm machinery. Village is on 17 acres in Loy Park open mid-May to Oct. 25 Wed. through Sun from 1 to 5 p.m. At southwest edge of Denison, Loy Park/Frontier Village exit off U.S. 75 frontage road.
HAGERMAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - 11,300 acres of land and water offers food and rest haven for migrating and wintering waterfowl on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. Some 300 bird species have been recorded on the refuge that’s visited by 135,000 people each year. In addition to huge flocks of migrants passing through each fall and spring, observers may see killdeer, snowy egrets, rails, plovers and sand pipers in summer; great blue herons and other wading and shore birds in the winter; native white-tailed deer and other animals year round. When oil was discovered on the refuge in 2951, development proceeded with care. Significantly, some 200 carefully maintained wells produce vital energy today in harmony with the wildlife that perches on, feeds by, and rests near the well sites. Self-guided driving tour of the refuge. Visitor center has interpretive displays, information, and bird lists. From U.S., 75 between Denison-Sherman, take F.M. 691 west to county airport, F.M. 1417 north 1.5 miles local signed road west to refuge.
LOY LAKE PARK - Attractive municipal park offers facilities for picnicking, fishing, and boating ( no power boats ). Also Frontier Village is located on the Southwestern part of the city.
MUNSON VINEYARDS - Known as the “World’s Chief Vineyard Expert,” T.V. Munson’s development of hybrid grape varieties is acclaimed world-wide. many of the varieties, along with his innovative trellis, are on display on a 5 acre tract on the west campus of Grayson County College; includes a vitaculture museum. Greenhouse and walkways open Mon. - Fri. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. West of intersection of F.M. 1417 and F.M. 691.