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James Archer Potts


Caddo and Wichita Indian tribes occupied the area around current-day Pottsboro before Anglo settlement began in the 19th century.

Among the early settlers was James G. Thompson, who owned most of the land in the area; hidaughter, Sarah Virginia, married James A. Potts (1838 - 1905), a Confederate veteran born in Alabama, rancher, and land developer who moved to Grayson County in 1868.   On 1 July 1876 James A. Potts received title to 160 acres in Fannin District/Grayson County.  Potts played a key roll in the creation of the town and was a prominent land owner and businessman in the area.  

Recovering from a long construction delay caused by the Civil War, railroads began building lines through this area of Texas in the late 1870s. James and Sarah Potts deeded land for a right-of-way to the Denison and Pacific Railway, a subsidiary of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, in 1878. which
would extend its tracks westward from Denison to his settlement.  James Potts is credited with drawing up the plat for the new railroad town named in his honor.  The community, no doubt aided by its status as a stop on the railroad, grew rapidly for the rest of the 1800s

According to the 1880 census, James had four children under the age of 6 at home - Ida, James F., William T., and Alice, After Sarah Thompson Potts' death in 1880, James married Mary Short (1841 - 1928); there appears to be no children from this union.  James died in 1905 at the age of 66 and is buried in Georgetown Cemetery

The town was incorporated on June 19, 1885 and its population had reached 200; the town supported a cotton gin, several gristmills, and a number of churches. Main Street ran north and south, in the early days.  Within a decade Pottsboro boasted homes, churches, general stores, grist mills, a cotton gin, post office, hotel/saloon, and school.  

A post office opened there in 1891.  The Katy Railroad named its depot "Chambersville", but the name was later changed to "Pottsboro" because of the name of the Post Office that was the desire of the citizens.
The two-story Alice Hotel was located just north of the depot on the east side of the street.

In 1892 the east side of the business district was destroyed by fire.  The west side was almost totally destroyed by another major fire in 1923, and a year later in 1924, another fire badly damaged the east side of the business district again.  But the citizens rebuilt and the town prospered.

Pottsboro Ranch, 1939

United States government construction of Perrin Army Air Field and Lake Texoma during the 1940s brought additional economic benefits to the town.  The coming of Lake Texoma kept Pottsboro alive and today most of Pottsboro's economy is directed toward Lake Texoma, with bait shops, cafes, and other business located on the east/west highway through town.

Pottsboro is on Farm Road 120, eight miles northwest of Sherman in north central Grayson County.  The Historical Marker is located on FM 120 at Friendship Park.

Church of Christ

Withdrawing from Denison ISD, a vote was to consolidate with Willow Springs School and Georgetown School.  The new elementary and high school were opened in 1965. 



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