Denison was established in 1872 as the railhead for the first railroad into Texas from the north, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas. Five miles south of the Red River, Denison is the gateway to Texas and popular Lake Texoma. Noted as the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the city features a widely diverse industrial base and is the largest medical community and services between Dallas and Oklahoma City. Denison is the home of Grayson County Junior College.
The unique downtown district is an art mecca with 14 galleries and four international artists. Also, it is the home of Homestead Winery & Tasting Room, numerous antique shops, eateries, bed & breakfasts, and live entertainment by the Main Street Showcase.