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Tom Bean, Texas

Coordinates: 33°31′15″N 96°28′58″W / 33.52083°N 96.48278°W / 33.52083; -96.48278
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Tom Bean, Texas
Location of Tom Bean, Texas
Location of Tom Bean, Texas
Coordinates: 33°31′15″N 96°28′58″W / 33.52083°N 96.48278°W / 33.52083; -96.48278
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.57 sq mi (4.08 km2)
 • Land1.57 sq mi (4.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total930
 • Density590/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-73328[2]
GNIS feature ID1369993[3]

Tom Bean is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 930 at the 2020 census, up from 1,045 at the 2010 census.[4]

Tom Bean is part of the ShermanDenison Metropolitan Statistical Area.



On October 27, 1888, Tom Bean was founded on what was then a new branch of the Cotton Belt Railway between Commerce and Sherman, Texas.

The town was named by J.W. Pennell in honor of his friend Thomas C. Bean, who was a wealthy, eccentric land surveyor and donor of the land upon which the town was built. Bean, a bachelor who lived in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas owned a section of land at what ultimately became the town, and as an inducement for the railroad to build through that area, he donated land for the railroad right of way,and later 50 acres of land to be used for the townsite.

Bean died in 1887; the year the city of Tom Bean was informally established. Nearby Whitemound, which was bypassed by the railroad, lost its post office to Tom Bean in 1888; many Whitemound settlers subsequently vacated and moved to the new town where they established homes and businesses.

Mr. Bean's estate began to sell town lots surrounding the railroad in the 1890s. The city school was moved in 1891 from a one-room structure to a two-story building with an auditorium. Several Christian denominations, including the Church of Christ (1890), Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist, established churches in town.

J.B. Hindman was the first railroad agent, and a boxcar served as the first temporary depot until a more permanent one could be erected in February 1888.The original business district ran parallel to the railroad, but in 1906, three brick buildings were erected one block south of the railroad.

News from the time indicates that Tom Bean first voted to incorporate sometime in mid 1891. W.W.Arnold was elected as Tom Bean's first Mayor in 1893, and H.A.Sroufe was its first City Marshal. A city charter was signed in 1897, and the first mayor elected thereafter was Ice B. Reeves.

In the early days of the 20th century, the city boomed. Within a few years, it boasted a grain company, a furniture company, a drugstore, a newspaper called the Tom Bean Bulletin, a saloon, a dance hall, a movie theater, a justice court, a jail, and the Tom Bean social club.

As time progressed, the sharp increase in automobile travel and transport, and the decline of cotton as the principal crop of the area, led businesses to the larger cities of Denison and Sherman, the county seat.

Though never again the railroad boomtown of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the community enjoyed a growth spurt in the 1950s and 1980s, celebrating its centennial in 1987.[5]

Current growth is due to its proximity to nearby Sherman, 11 miles (18 km) to the northwest.



Tom Bean is located in southeastern Grayson County at 33°31′15″N 96°28′58″W / 33.52083°N 96.48278°W / 33.52083; -96.48278 (33.520811, –96.482826).[6] It is 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Sherman, the county seat, and 25 miles (40 km) south of the Red River and the Oklahoma border. The region is colloquially referred to as the Sher-Den area or Texomaland—or just Texoma.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Tom Bean has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Tom Bean racial composition as of 2020[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 776 83.44%
Black or African American (NH) 13 1.4%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 22 2.37%
Asian (NH) 5 0.54%
Some Other Race (NH) 1 0.11%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 49 5.27%
Hispanic or Latino 64 6.88%
Total 930

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 930 people, 400 households, and 289 families residing in the city.



The City of Tom Bean is served by the Tom Bean Independent School District and home to the Tom Bean High School Tom Cats.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tom Bean city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Tom Bean, TX - History". www.tombean.net. Archived from the original on October 16, 2003.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  9. ^ https://www.census.gov/ [not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.

"Three Bean Salad"

  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.[9][10]