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CARPENTER'S BLUFF

Grayson County, Central Texas North

33 45' 14.4" N, 96 24' 46.8" W (33.754, -96.413)
On the Red River and FM 120
East of Denison
12 miles NE of Sherman the county seat
Population: 100 est.

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History in a Pecan Shell

Carpenter's Bluff is said to be named after a Red River ferry operator by that name. The town dates from about 1860.

After the Civil War, the town was briefly known as Thiefneck after the unsavory characters that congregated there. Rather than apply for a post office under that name, the townspeople decided to clean house.

The Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway constructed the bridge, and later it became property of the Texas and Pacific Railroad. The bridge became joint property of Grayson County, Texas and Bryan County, Oklahoma in 1966.


Carpenter's Bluff Bridge:

Photographer's Note:
"Carpenter's Bluff (pop ca. 100) is located east of Denison on FM 120. The bridge can be found just north of the road as you enter the settlement.
Carpenter's Bluff Bridge

Carpenter's Bluff Bridge
Texas side
Photo Courtesy Robin Jett, 2003
Carpenter's Bluff Bridge
Carpenter's Bluff Bridge
Oklahoma side

Photo Courtesy Robin Jett, 2003
This impressively high bridge spans the Red River and links Grayson County to Bryan county, Oklahoma. Built in 1910, it was designed to allow trains, wagons, pedestrians, and horses to cross for a toll. In the 1960's, the bridge was deeded to Grayson County, which renovated it for automobile use. It's now a one-lane bridge with the old wooden walkway hugging it on one side."
© Robin Jett 1-15-04
TX - Carpenter's Bluff Bridge, early 1970s
Carpenter's Bluff Bridge in the early 1970s
Photo courtesy Karen McGee
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Carpenter's Bluff, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Carpenter's Bluff Bridge
    Here is a photo taken of the bridge during the early 1970s. My grandfather owned a farm several miles east of the bridge, right on the road across from the Red River. Oklahoma was a "dry" state for liquor until late in the 1950s. In the 1950s, my grandfather sold beer to the Okies who crossed the bridge and traveled to his farm. - Karen McGee, May 26, 2013


  • Subject: Carpenter's Bluff Bridge
    My mother-in-law and father-in-law (Clyde and Ruby Ramsey) were married on June 4, 1932 on the bridge. Clyde had bought their marriage license in Oklahoma not realizing they would have to marry in Oklahoma for it to be valid. So they walked out onto the bridge with the minister to say their vows. At the time there was a dance floor on the banks of Red River close to the bridge. A lot of people had gathered to dance and when they realized a wedding was taking place walked out on the bridge to witness the wedding. Every time we drive across the bridge we remember their story and wonder how many more stories the old bridge could tell. - Jimmie and Calvin Ramsey, 1-21-2013

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    TX Grayson  County 1920s Map
    Grayson County 1920s map showing Carpenters Bluff
    (East of Denison, near Fannin County line)

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Carpenter's Bluff, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Sherman the county seat
    Denison
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