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Grayson County, Central Texas North

3330'40"N 9623'36"W (33.511136, -96.393400)

U.S. 69, Texas Hwys 11 and 160
17 miles SE of Sherman the county seat
20 miles SE of Denison
33 miles NW of Greenville
36 miles NW of Commerce
Population: 1,721 Est. (2019)
1,604 (2010) 1,740 (2000) 1,713 (1990)

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Whitewright TX - marketing cotton in main street
A busy day in Whitewright - Postmarked Aug 7, 1908
Courtesy The Will Beauchamp Collection

History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after investor William Whitewright in 1878, as the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad was fast approaching. Whitewright platted the town and lots were soon being sold by his agents. In the 1880s the town had all essential businesses as well as a private school, Grayson College, and a public school.

A post office was granted in 1888. The population was nearly just over 1,800 by 1900 and 1,666 twenty-years later.

Whitewright was served by the MKT and the Cotton Belt through the 1920s. Whitewright enjoyed a continued success as a supply center and shipping point for farmers.

The population after WWII remained at a respectable 1,537 although businesses declined.

Whitewright, Texas Landmarks
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Whitewright TX After 1911 Fire
Downtown Whitewright after the 1911 Fire
Photo courtesy Brett Christoffel

Whitewright Texas Downtown
Same view of Downtown Whitewright today
Photo courtesy Brett Christoffel, 2011
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Whitewright Texas Downtown
Another view of Downtown Whitewright
Photo courtesy Brett Christoffel, 2011

Whitewright  TX - First National Bank  Building
The 1905 First National Bank of Whitewright survived the 1911 fire that destroyed downtown.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Whitewright  TX - First National Bank  sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Whitewright First National Bank

Whitewright Tx - Baptist Missionary Church
Baptist Missionary Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Whitewright TX - Closed Cotton Gin
Closed Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Whitewright TX - Closed Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Whitewright TX - Closed Mill
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Whitewright TX - Closed store
A Closed Store
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Whitewright TX - Closed store
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Whitewright Texas Downtown
Whitewright Downtown
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Whitewright TX - Ghost Coca-Cola sign
Ghost Coca-Cola sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Whitewright TX - Garage ghost sign
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Whitewright TX - store sign
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Whitewright TX - Utility Building
Utility Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

Site of Former Whitewright High School

Photos courtesy Stephen Taylor, May 2006

Grayson College Laboratory, Whitewright, Texas
"This is an interesting little building we found on the site of the former Whitewright High School. While the former Whitewright High School is gone, this building remains.

Our research finds that the building was built between 1900-1905 and was used as a laboratory for the former Grayson College campus in Whitewright.

Sometime around 1920, after the new Whitewright High School was built on the site the building sat dormant for some time. But by 1929, the building was being used for "Manual training". When I was in school, we called that "Shop".

The building today seems well secured and is owned by the First Baptist Church in Whitewright.

It is all that remains of the old Whitewright High School and Grayson college before that." - Stephen Taylor
Grayson College Laboratory, Whitewright, Texas

Gymnasium in Whitewright Texas
"This is the gymnasium/auditorium at Whitewright. Built in 1936, it appears to be a collaboration between the City of Whitewright and the School District. Today, the First Baptist church owns the property and the gym is being used as an activity center. All the windows have been replaced, and it has a new roof." - Stephen Taylor, May 19, 2006

Whitewright, Texas Forum

Impersonation of a Bricklayer
About Whitewright High School Gym and Lab

I attended and graduated from Whitewright High School. I used to live nearby I am writing after reading (the first of many) your website has for WHS.

The gym information and picture caught my eye. As well the "City and School" connection to building it. The crew was a WPA crew, if I remember correctly. Also, there was a man on the construction crew who did not know how to lay brick, but said he did! This caused two things to happen. One is he lost his job. The other is that after catching the errors, the crew placed one huge block/brick upon another, not staggering it as usual! This is on the face of the building. This story was told to me when I found a man and son at dusk looking for the blocks and errors with a flashlight to point them out. The error was fixed also by placing a "half block" or brick in the front of the building or elsewhere.

The Lab building was always shut whenever I went to school there. It was said to be a museum, a site dedicated to the old College days. I used to see a reunion there about every year, on Sundays. One day after I was grown I passed and recognized this gathering at the building as the suppossed "reunion." Everyone, as usual, was dressed in suits and "to the "nines." I also swear I recognized one of the people as being the famous "Higgins" character on the television show, "Magnum P.I." Now you may understand why I'd like my name witheld. I am pretty sure it was he, as I used to watch that show and read a bit about it. Seeing pictures of him (don't remember his real name) I also remembered that in one episode he played his "twin brother" from Texas. I wondered at the [difficulty of] swapping an English Brogue (mum was a Scot ) to a Texas drawl! - NWBR, Somewhere in Texas, September 22, 2007

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