State Hwy 91
at Wood Lake Rd.
city limit line
Electric railways (trolleys) provided convenient travel
between many Texas cities for more than forty years. The first Interurban
Line was established in Grayson County, connecting the cities of Sherman
and Denison. Founded in 1900 by Fred Fitch and John P. Crerar, the Denison
and Sherman Railway began operations on May 1, 1901, with a single 10.5-mile
track. The company built a power plant, offices, and a car barn near this
site halfway between its passenger stations in the two cities. In order
to provide water for the power plant, they built a dam below Tanyard Springs,
creating a small lake. Named Wood Lake, it provided recreational facilities
for passengers on the line's excursion trains. The Texas Traction Company,
founded in 1906, began construction of a second Interurban Line from Dallas
to McKinney in 1906. Merged with the Denison and Sherman Railway in 1908,
the company expanded its operations, eventually connecting a number of
north Texas cities and changing its name to the Texas Electric Railway
in 1917. The advent of automobile travel signalled the decline of the Texas
Interurbans by the 1930s. The last train passed this site on December 31,
1948, on its route from Denison to Dallas.
By Elaine Nall Bay & Patricia Nall
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