Honey Grove, Texas

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Honey Grove, Texas
City
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Nickname(s): HG/ The Sweetest Town In Texas
Location of Honey Grove, Texas
Location of Honey Grove, Texas
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Coordinates: 33°35′10″N 95°54′26″W / 33.58611°N 95.90722°W / 33.58611; -95.90722Coordinates: 33°35′10″N 95°54′26″W / 33.58611°N 95.90722°W / 33.58611; -95.90722
Country United States
State Texas
County Fannin
Area
 • Total 2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)
 • Land 2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 673 ft (205 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,746
 • Density 661.5/sq mi (255.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75446
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-34700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1359507[2]

Honey Grove is a city in Fannin County, Texas, United States. Honey Grove is regarded as "The Sweetest Town in Texas." The population was 1,668 at the 2010 census.

It is a small North Central Texas town (population: 1,903 as of 2007), containing a total land area of approximately 1,972.8 acres (7.984 km2), and located roughly 16 miles (26 km) east of Bonham, 39 miles (63 km) north of Greenville, 42 miles (68 km) east of Sherman, and 90 miles (140 km) northeast of the Central Business District of Dallas. Honey Grove was developed on flat to gently rolling terrain with scattered trees. It is located in Fannin County the City is at an elevation ranging from approximate 580 to 690 feet (180 to 210 m) above sea level. U.S. Highway 82 and State Highway 56 traverse the City from east to west and State Roads 34, 100 and 824 enter the City in a north/south manner. Bonham is the closest major economic center. Its climate produces an annual average daily maximum temperature of 75.1 degrees, and an average annual rainfall is 43.99 inches (1,117 mm).

Geography[edit]

It is located at 33°35′10″N 95°54′26″W / 33.58611°N 95.90722°W / 33.58611; -95.90722 (33.586011, -95.907294)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.49%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,746 people, 693 households, and 451 families residing in the city. The population density was 661.5 people per square mile (255.4/km²). There were 814 housing units at an average density of 308.4/sq mi (119.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.87% White, 16.32% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.58% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

There were 693 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,859, and the median income for a family was $37,266. Males had a median income of $27,560 versus $22,050 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,701. About 12.4% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

David Crockett discovered the area of Honey Grove when he camped there on his way to join the Texas Army at San Antonio in 1836. Crockett sent many letters back to Tennessee, telling of an area with an abundance of honey-filled trees, thus the town's name. In 1837, Samuel Erwin became the first settler of the place. B. S. Walcott contributed much to the town's development, by planning the city's landscape and later on selling building lots. In 1873 Honey Grove was officially established.

Samuel Erwin and Davy Crockett, old friends from Kentucky, were instrumental in the founding of Honey Grove. Samuel Augustus Erwin has a large gravestone marker in Honey Grove, TX, stating: "Virginia-born Samuel Erwin was married in 1819 in Tennessee to Sally Rodgers Crisp (1795–1860), in a ceremony performed by local magistrate David Crockett. First settler in the Honey Grove area, Erwin arrived here in 1837 and surveyed land grants for other pioneers. A surveyor by profession, he platted the townsite for his friend B.S. Wolcott in 1848. He was the town's first postmaster and one of Fannin County's earliest Justices of the Peace."

The Crockett Park Monument, in the same area, indicates that Honey Grove was named by Crockett, but he died before it could become a town. It states that one of his old friends, Sam Erwin, became the founder of the settlement. The monument reads in part that Crockett traveled by riverboat, horseback and on foot, entering Texas along the Red River, camping at a site half a mile northeast of the park, where he found wild bees and honey in hollow trees ... and called the campsite a "Honey Grove". It is said that he told friends he would settle here later, but in a few weeks he died in the cause of Texian liberty, at the Alamo.

Government[edit]

Honey Grove is a Type A, General Law Municipality which consists of a mayor and five aldermen. The mayor presides over council meetings, is signatory for the city and is recognized as the ceremonial and governmental head of the city for most purposes.

The primary duty of an Alderman is as a policy maker. Other duties may consist of Regulatory powers over the conduct and property of its citizens. The Council may levy taxes. The council is responsible for all of the city’s employees. Also, the council must see that the city gets the best value for the dollars spent.

The qualifications for the office of councilmember are as follows: U.S. citizen, resident of Texas for 12 months and resident in the city for the last six months preceding Election Day, have a current voter registration certificate, eighteen years or older, not been convicted of a felony and not being deemed mentally incompetent.

Education[edit]

The City of Honey Grove is served by the Honey Grove Independent School District.

In 2009 the Honey Grove Independent School District built a new high school, track, and gymnasium.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Honey Grove has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Honey Grove, Texas

External links[edit]

Map of the city in 1886