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507 W Main St

building was built in 1900 and housed the Piggly Wiggly in Denison, TX. The historical building was purchased in 2016. Adjacent to the building is Kaboodles, an antique shop selling vintage items and art. The building is built with two stories covering a total of 12,000 sq feet. 507 W Main is historically significant in accordance to the Grayson County Historical Society’s guidelines using existing materials whenever possible.

There is an active community life between the Main Street district, Restaurants and Denison Live hosted at Heritage Park. Entertainment and fun is brought to the locals like the Denison Fall Festival in early October. Located in the 500 block west of Heritage Park amidst the thriving downtown Main Street, the historical building will bookend the growing district and play a large role in the community’s activities.

Property values in Denison have already doubled since the 2016 purchase of the build

A Brief History of Denison, Texas

If you like railroads (and even if you don’t), Denison is your kind of city. Founded in 1872 as the connecting point of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (“Katy”) and Texas Central Rail Lines, Denison blossomed into one of the South’s most important transportation centers, serving as the first rail stop across from the Indian Territory – as Oklahoma was known before statehood.

Goods from the seaport at Galveston could be carried to St. Louis through Denison, and grain and beef from Kansas and other points north could finally make their way to Texas and the rest of the southwest via the Katy Lines.

Denison’s spirit as a fast-paced commercial hub could be found in its citizens as well as its architecture. Dwight David Eisenhower, son of a Katy engineer and future commander of the Allied Forces at Normandy (oh, and also a two term U. S. President), entered the world in a white frame house in the humble part of town. The downtown area housed saloons, hotels, manufacturing plants, banks, and plenty of culture. This “new” town was giving Sherman, the Grayson County seat, a definite run for its money in terms of activity and affluence. 

End of an Era
The decline of railroads signaled the end of Denison’s boom days. At first, passenger service fell sharply. By the 1990’s, the huge switching yards were dismantled and sold for scrap. The unusually large Katy Depot, which housed the corporate offices of the railroad, fell into disrepair, but it has since been restored and now serves as a mini-mall / special events center. When the new U.S. Highway 75 by-pass was built around Denison, the main thoroughfare also fell victim to progress and now it only offers faint hints of the city that once was.

Beginning of a New Era
But by no means is Denison becoming a ghost town. On the contrary, it is reviving itself into a historical showplace. Artists have discovered Denison’s progressive flair and now the downtown area hosts festivals, galleries, shows, and even a wine tasting room (wine is not a far-fetched preoccupation in this part of the state – in the 1880’s, world famous local vintner Thomas V. Munson saved the French grape crop from complete destruction by cultivating new stock). Lake Texoma is a recreation Mecca for Dallasites ready to leave the rat race for a spell. A museum located in the old Katy Depot gives justice to the railroad that shaped the town and Eisenhower’s birthplace is now a well-visited state park

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