Howe, Texas

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Howe, Texas
Downtown Howe
Downtown Howe
Flag of Howe, Texas
Location of Howe, Texas
Location of Howe, Texas
Grayson County Howe.svg
Coordinates: 33°30′18″N 96°36′51″W / 33.50500°N 96.61417°W / 33.50500; -96.61417Coordinates: 33°30′18″N 96°36′51″W / 33.50500°N 96.61417°W / 33.50500; -96.61417
CountryUnited States
 • Mayor(s)Bill French
 • City AdministratorJeffrey Stanley
 • Total5.10 sq mi (13.22 km2)
 • Land5.10 sq mi (13.22 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
840 ft (256 m)
 • Total2,600
 • Estimate 
 • Density655.69/sq mi (253.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-35084[4]
GNIS feature ID1359742[5]
Welcome to Howe
Official city flag adopted in 2014[6]

Howe is a town in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,451 in the 2020 U.S. Census. It is part of the ShermanDenison metropolitan statistical area.


A 1910 map of Howe

The first settlers in the area arrived around the time of the Texas Revolution in 1836. In 1843, the last Indian battle in Grayson County was said to have been fought in the area. The first settlers of Howe were Jabez and Harriet Haning, and Jabez's brother John. They received land through the Peters colony after their arrival from Pennsylvania before 1850. The Houston and Texas Central Railway built through the area in 1873, and a railroad switch was located in the community. It was called "Summit" because at 810 feet (250 m) above sea level, it was supposed to be the highest point between the Red River and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1873, when Summit received a post office, two businesses were located at the switch—a general store and a saloon. Several houses were built to the east of the switch. Jabez Haning persuaded the railroad to establish a depot on his land by donating every second lot in his newly platted town to the railroad. The names of the depot, the store, and the post office were changed in 1876 to "Howe", after F. M. Howe, who worked for the Houston and Texas Central. Howe had three saloons until around 1900, when the town voted to go dry. Its first one-room school building opened in 1877 and was replaced by a two-story building in 1884.

In 1884, Howe was incorporated, with George M. McCrary as mayor. By the late 1880s, the town had become a major grain shipping center and was the home of red rust-proof oats. A number of seed companies had their beginnings there in that decade. Howe became home to a Farmers' Alliance Cooperative Association, which was absorbed by the Howe Grain and Mercantile Company in 1894. In 1890, Howe had a population of 450, a steam gristmill, a Farmers' Alliance Cooperative, and Baptist and Methodist churches, as well as a number of hotels, doctors, druggists, and barbers. Several newspapers were published in Howe, such as the Howe Herald from 1890 to the 1910s and the Howe Messenger in the late 1930s and early '40s. During the 1930s, the Howe Chronicle was published by former Governor James E. Ferguson and his brother A. M. Ferguson. The Howe Enterprise was established in 1963 by A.P. "Pop" Sloan.

On May 15, 1896, an F5 category tornado passed through the west side of Howe and the Farmington community, sweeping away around 17 homes.[7][circular reference] On October 6, 1904, The Arlington Journal reported a fire through Howe's business district and named four stores it destroyed.[8]

By 1914, the Texas Traction Company, better known as the Interurban, was providing service to Howe. This electric train ran between Denison and Dallas with a stop in Howe. By 1914, Howe also had the Farmers National Bank, the Howe Herald, three grain elevators, and an ice plant. The community's population had grown from 521 in 1904 to 680 in the early 1960s. After then, it rose rapidly through the early 1980s, reaching 2,173 by 1990. By 2000, the population was 2,478. Throughout most of its history, Howe remained primarily an agricultural center, but some oil has been produced in the area. During the early 1980s, Howe reported some 30 businesses. In 1981, local industries included a shirt manufacturer and a hydraulics company, and by 1991, the number of manufacturers in Howe had risen to five, including makers of plastics, electronics, and agricultural equipment.

On April 26, 2016, an F1 category tornado struck Howe around 10:00 pm, injuring three people and damaging over 20 homes. It started in a field behind the Summit Hill housing division, where a home was destroyed off Smith Road, then it proceeded northeast and crossed US Hwy 75, where trucker Gene Marshall was filming it; the storm tossed his truck and semitrailer to the other side of the road along with three cars. It then hit the north side of the high school before going directly through Stark Lane. It then proceeded to the Luella/Ida area before it dissipated.[9]


Howe is located in southern Grayson County at 33°30′18″N 96°36′51″W / 33.50500°N 96.61417°W / 33.50500; -96.61417 (33.505089, –96.614239).[10] It is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75, Texas State Highway 5, and Farm Road 902, and it is bordered to the north by Sherman, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km2), all of it land.[2]

Howe's elevation of 860 feet (260 m) is the highest point along US 75 between the Red River and the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,346[3]28.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2020 census[edit]

Howe racial composition[12]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,328 65.19%
Black or African American (NH) 147 4.12%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 39 1.09%
Asian (NH) 16 0.45%
Pacific Islander (NH) 5 0.14%
Some Other Race (NH) 13 0.36%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 168 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 855 23.94%
Total 3,571

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,571 people, 1,069 households, and 775 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census,[4] 2,478 people, 924 households, and 693 families resided in the town. The population density was 641.2 per square mile (247.9/km2). The 997 housing units averaged 258.0 per square mile (99.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.87% White, 0.52% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.10% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.56% of the population.

Of the 924 households, 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were not families. About 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68, and the average family size was 3.14.

The population was distributed as 31.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median household income was $34,963, and the median family income was $41,125. Males had a median income of $34,625 versus $22,829 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,664. About 9.9% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.


Founders Day[edit]

2015 Founders Day

Howe celebrates its history and origins every May with a Founders Day celebration. The first Founders Day in 1986 featured a professional rodeo along with many festival events. Each year, vendors line up in the downtown parking spaces with items for sale. The festival features food, shaved ice, bounce houses, and the like. It is a product of the Howe Area Chamber of Commerce. The city celebrated the 30th anniversary of Founders Day in on May 7, 2016, with live music most of the evening.


The city is served by the Howe Independent School District and is home to the Howe High School Bulldogs.



Radio stations[edit]

Television stations[edit]

  • KTEN Channel 10 – (NBC)
  • KTEN DT Channel 10.2 – (The CW Texoma)
  • KTEN DT Channel 10.3 – (ABC)
  • KXII Channel 12 – (CBS)
  • KXII DT Channel 12.2 (My Texoma)
  • KXII DT Channel 12.3 (Fox Texoma)

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Howe town, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ Tornado outbreak sequence of May 1896#Sherman, Texas
  8. ^ "Howe Is Fire Swept". The Arlington Journal. October 13, 1904. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  9. ^ "3 tornadoes leave trail of damage in Grayson County". 27 April 2016.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  13. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  14. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  15. ^ MILFORD, Dale, (1926 - 1997) at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[13][14]

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