Greenville, Texas

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Greenville, Texas
Lee Street in downtown Greenville
Lee Street in downtown Greenville
Flag of Greenville, Texas
Motto(s): "Rich Heritage, Vibrant Future"[1]
Location of Greenville, Texas
Location of Greenville, Texas
Hunt County Greenville.svg
Coordinates: 33°7′34″N 96°6′35″W / 33.12611°N 96.10972°W / 33.12611; -96.10972Coordinates: 33°7′34″N 96°6′35″W / 33.12611°N 96.10972°W / 33.12611; -96.10972
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Hunt
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor David Dreiling
Place 1 Jerry Ransom
Place 2 James Evans
Place 3 Jeff Dailey
Place 4 Holly Gotcher
Place 5 Brent Money
Place 6 Cedric Dean[2]
 • City Manager Massoud Ebrahim[3]
 • Total 34.7 sq mi (89.9 km2)
 • Land 33.9 sq mi (87.8 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation 541 ft (165 m)
Population (2010 Census)[4]
 • Total 25,557
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 27,172
 • Density 764.5/sq mi (295.18/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75401-75404
Area code(s) 903, 430
FIPS code 48-30920[5]
GNIS feature ID 1377755[6]

Greenville is a North Texas city located in central Hunt County, approximately 50 miles from Dallas. It is the county seat and largest city of Hunt County.[7] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,557.

Greenville was named for John Green,[8] a famous author.[9]


Greenville is located at 33°7′34″N 96°6′35″W / 33.12611°N 96.10972°W / 33.12611; -96.10972 (33.126004, −96.109703).[10] Greenville is situated in the heart of the Texas Blackland Prairies, 45 minutes northeast of Dallas, and about 50 minutes south of the Texas/Oklahoma border on the eastern edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

According to the Dictionary, the city has a total area of 34.7 square miles (90 km2), of which, 33.9 square miles (88 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (2.30%)


Here is shown Jamal the Monkey, mascot of the Greenville UIL Journalism team

Greenville is considered to be a part of the humid subtropical region. Due to its location on the north Texas prairies the climate is typically humid with mild precipitation.


City in 1886
Cotton scene, public square, Greenville, Texas (postcard, circa 1908)

Greenville was founded in 1846. The city was named after Thomas J. Green, a significant contributor to the establishment of Texas as a Republic. He later became a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. The city was almost named “Pinckneyville” in honor of James Pinckney Henderson, the first Governor of Texas.[citation needed]

As the Civil War loomed, Greenville was divided over the issue of secession, as were several area towns and counties. Greenville attorney and State Senator Martin D. Hart was a prominent Unionist. He formed a company of men who fought for the Union in Arkansas, even as other Greenville residents fought for the Confederacy. The divided nature of Greenville, Hunt County and the State of Texas is noted by an historical marker in "The SPOT" Park at 2800 Lee Street in downtown Greenville. In the post-Civil War era, Greenville's economy became partly dependent on cotton as the local economy entered a period of transition.[11]

With a population of 12,384 in the 1920 census, the city, at one time, was the 20th largest in Texas.

In World War II, the Mexican Escuadrón 201 was stationed in Greenville while training at nearby Majors Field.

The town was also notorious for a large sign, installed on July 7, 1921 over Lee Street, the main street in the downtown district, between the train station and the bus station in the 1920s to 1960s. The sign read: "Welcome to Greenville, The Blackest Land, The Whitest People."[12][13] According to history teacher Paul E. Sturdevant of Greenville, the original intent behind "the whitest people" was to define "the citizens of Greenville as friendly, trustworthy and helpful was sincere, and it was meant to include all citizens, regardless of race."[13] In pre-civil rights America, the phrase "That's mighty white of you" meant that you were honest, not like suspect blacks. The sign thus acquired racial overtones, and the original sign was taken down and placed into storage on April 13, 1965, possibly at the urging of Texas Governor John Connally, who had made a visit to the town weeks before.[13] In 1968, Greenville Sybil Maddux had the sign reinstalled, with the wording modified to read "The Greatest People"; the original sign is in the collection of the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.[13]

In 1957, Greenville annexed the small town of Peniel, Texas, which had been founded in 1899 as a Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene community centered around Texas Holiness University. The annexation was approved by the citizens of Peniel, which at the time had a population of about 157.[14]

On May 12, 2011, a white buffalo was born near Greenville, Texas during a thunderstorm on the ranch of Arby Littlesoldier, who identified himself as a great-great grandson of Sitting Bull. A public naming ceremony and dedication was held on June 29, 2011 during which the male calf was officially given the title "Lightning Medicine Cloud."[15] However, on August 21, 2012, 'Lightning Medicine Cloud' died. The Sheriff's department declared it had died from a bacterial infection,[16] but the owners disagree, claiming that the buffalo was allegedly skinned by an unknown party.[17]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,330
1900 6,860 58.4%
1910 8,850 29.0%
1920 12,384 39.9%
1930 12,407 0.2%
1940 13,995 12.8%
1950 14,727 5.2%
1960 19,087 29.6%
1970 22,043 15.5%
1980 22,161 0.5%
1990 23,071 4.1%
2000 23,960 3.9%
2010 25,557 6.7%
Est. 2016 27,172 [4] 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 23,960 people, 9,156 households, and 6,171 families residing in the city. The population density was 706.5 people per square mile (272.8/km²). There were 9,977 housing units at an average density of 294.2 per square mile (113.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.71% White, 18.86% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.19% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.65% of the population.

There were 9,156 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,606, and the median income for a family was $41,808. Males had a median income of $31,556 versus $22,373 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,231. About 11.3% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Here is shown cotton, one of the largest exports of Greenville. It was picked often by slaves owned by their master who works them in the fields.


KGVL radio station in Greenville

Greenville is served by the Dallas/Fort Worth Television Stations on local cable and also regular programming.

KGVL is a radio station that serves the city of Greenville. KETR in Commerce also serves the city of Greenville due to the proximity of the two cities.

In addition to The Dallas Morning News, which serves the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area, Greenville is also served by a local daily newspaper, the Herald-Banner.


The Paris Junior College location in Greenville

Primary and secondary education of Greenville is provided by Greenville ISD along with private institutions such as Greenville Christian School.

Postsecondary education is offered through Paris Junior College-Greenville Center. Texas A&M University-Commerce, a major university of over 12,000 students, is located 15 minutes northeast in the neighboring city of Commerce.


Local government[edit]

The City of Greenville Police & Courts building in August 2015

According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fund Financial Statements, the city’s various funds had $19.9 million in Revenues, $21.7 million in expenditures, $10.1 million in total assets, $1.8 million in total liabilities, and $1.4 million in investments.[18]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[19]

Department Director
City Manager Massoud Ebrahim
City Attorney Daniel Ray
Interim City Secretary Carole Kuykendall
Police Chief Daniel J. Busken
Fire Chief Jeremy Powell
Chief Building Official Steve Methven
Main Street Coordinator Doyle Dick
Finance Director Summer Spurlock
Human Resources Director Jaynice Porter-Brathwaite
Public Works Director John Wright
Library Director Olivia Griggs
Parks & Recreation Director Brett Quarles
Greenville holds the Guinness World Record for the most churches per capita.

The city of Greenville is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.

State government[edit]

Greenville is represented in the Texas Senate by Republican Bob Hall, District 2,[20] and in the Texas House of Representatives by Republican Dan Flynn, District 2.[21]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Greenville District Parole Office in Greenville.[22]

Federal government[edit]

At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Greenville is part of Texas' US Congressional 4th District, which is currently represented by Republican John Ratcliffe.

The United States Postal Service operates the Greenville,[23] Greenville Finance,[24] and Rolling Hills post offices.[25]


The Hunt County cotton exhibit at the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum
The Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op Sabine Valley Feeds feed mill in Greenville

In early years, Hunt County was known as the cotton capital of the world. The world's largest inland cotton compress was located in Greenville until it was destroyed by fire in the mid-1900s.

Currently, the largest industry is L3 Mission Integration Division (MID, formerly E-Systems, then Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (RIIS, IIS)) a major U.S. Defense contractor located at Majors Airport. This airport, created in 1942 and initially financed by the local Rotary club, was used as a training base for P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilots in World War II, and since then has served as a focal point for economic growth in Greenville.

Tourism is playing an increasing role in the local economy with attractions such as Collin Street Bakery and Splash Kingdom Water Park located on Interstate 30, and the redeveloping historic downtown featuring Landon Winery and the restored vintage Texan Theater, which opened in 2014. Tourism promotion has been under the wing of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Greenville, which took over CVB duties in 2014. Greenville is also known for its saddle making industry.[citation needed]

Greenville Municipal Auditorium in August 2015

According to the City's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[26] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 L3 Mission Integration Division 6,400
2 Greenville Independent School District 702
3 Hunt Regional Medical Center 600
4 McKesson 500
5 Hunt County 400
6 Cytec Engineered Materials 350
7 Wal-Mart Supercenter 300
8 Weatherford International 225
9 Raytheon 200
10 Masonite International 195
Hunt Regional Medical Center

Entertainment includes the Kenneth Threadgill Concert series, which brings well-known Texas performers to the Municipal Auditorium stage in three concerts per year; the Greenville Entertainment Series, a subscription concert series featuring artists from a variety of musical genres; the Symphony Festival Series, which brings the world-famous Dallas Symphony Orchestra to Greenville for three concerts and an additional children's concert per year; and the Greenville Follies, a musical review showcasing local talent every other year. Local clubs with musical entertainment, live theater in nearby Commerce, local art shows, a movie theater and a bowling alley offer year-round entertainment.

Tourism draws include the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, Collin Street Bakery and the historic downtown area which includes wineries, antique malls, public gardens, boutique shopping, and regular events at the 1,700 seat Greenville Municipal Auditorium. The vintage Texan Theater is slated for a grand re-opening in 2014. The Rally 'Round Greenville festival is held the third weekend each September and includes the Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Ride, an Art Show, Barbecue and Chili Cook-Off, Texas Music Weekend, Kids Alley, and more. Backstreet Bash is held in March to celebrate the revitalization of the historic Main Street Area.

Greenville is also home to the Hunt Regional Medical Center.



Interstate 30[edit]

Commercial and residential developments line the interstate from Monty Stratton Parkway through Lamar Street. The frontage roads have recently been converted to one-way for safety due to increased traffic.

U.S. Highways[edit]

Business plate.svg
US 69.svg Business U.S. 69 -- Follows several local streets which serve the northern, downtown, and southern areas of the city. Starts and ends at U.S. 69. The local street names are Rees Street (through Peniel), Sockwell Street (north of downtown), Stonewall Street / Johnson Street (couplet through downtown, where Stonewall is southbound and Johnson is northbound), Park Street (east of downtown), and Moulton Street (south of downtown and over Interstate 30).

State Highways[edit]

Farm-to-Market Roads[edit]


The nearest airports with passenger air service are Airport Sign.svg Dallas Love Field (55.4 miles)[27] and Airport Sign.svg Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (70.0 miles).[28]

The Airport Sign.svg Majors Field Airport is a municipal airport located in Greenville.[29]

Public Transportation[edit]

A Connection Bus in Greenville.

A public transit called The Connection serves Greenville and all of Hunt County. The transit operates Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm. Reservations have to be made one day in advance and the transit charges $2 ($4 round trip) if the passenger is traveling to a place within the same community or city, and $3 ($6 round trip) if the passenger is traveling from one city or community to another within Hunt County. Also, the transit will take Hunt County residents to Dallas, this is offered round trip only, passengers are charged $34, and a minimum of three passengers is also required.[30]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ "GREEN, THOMAS JEFFERSON | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  9. ^ "GREENVILLE, TX (HUNT COUNTY) | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". 1984-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Greenville, Texas", found in the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities,
  12. ^ Peter Carlson, In a Bethesda Bookstore, the Prints of Propaganda, Washington Post (May 16, 2004), D01.
  13. ^ a b c d Paul E. Sturdevant, Black and White With Shades of Gray: The Greenville Sign, East Texas Historical Journal, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 25-33.
  14. ^ Brian Hart, Peniel, TX, in Handbook of Texas Online (uploaded June 2010).
  15. ^ Heinz, Frank (2012-08-21). "New Details in the Death of Rare White Buffalo | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth". Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  16. ^ Davies, Maura (2012-08-21). "Authorities say white buffalo died of natural causes | Dallas – Fort Worth". Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  17. ^ "Welcome To Lakota Ranch Home of Lightning Medicine Cloud". 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  18. ^ City of Greenville 2009 CAFR Retrieved 2010-11-16
  19. ^ City of Greenville website Retrieved 2010-11-16
  20. ^ "Senator Bob Hall: District 2". Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Texas House Member". Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Parole Division Region I Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  23. ^ "Post Office Location – GREENVILLE." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  24. ^ "Post Office Location – GREENVILLE FINANCE." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  25. ^ "Post Office Location – ROLLING HILLS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  26. ^ "City of Greenville, Texas Comprehensive Annual Financial Report". City of Greenville, Texas Finance Department. September 30, 2014. p. 115. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  27. ^,+Texas&daddr=Dallas+Love+Field+Airport,+Cedar+Springs+Road,+Dallas,+TX&hl=en&sll=44.900771,-89.56949&sspn=13.864618,23.90625&geocode=FRGn-QEdKXdF-inJLJmU2uJLhjGqd3a89WIFsA%3BFec49QEd-io6-iGGI7tQVxp06inREiOYNJxOhjGGI7tQVxp06g&oq=dallas+love+field&mra=ls&t=m&z=11
  28. ^,+Texas&daddr=32.9399634,-96.3733016+to:dallas+fort+worth+international+airport&hl=en&sll=32.95923,-96.470223&sspn=0.513335,0.74707&geocode=FRGn-QEdKXdF-inJLJmU2uJLhjGqd3a89WIFsA%3BFbuf9gEdy3VB-ikJKU3Mt_9LhjE8JAo1phlAAA%3BFeEC9gEdMUg3-iEcIH0GXj8ycymnKiINZipMhjEcIH0GXj8ycw&mra=ls&t=m&z=10&via=1
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  30. ^ "SCRPT - Transportation". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  31. ^ "Hervey, James "Dick"". Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Verna Elisha Howard (1911–2000)". Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Maud Robinson Crawford (1891–1957)". Retrieved January 14, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Babb, Milton. (2010). "Hunt County, An Illustrated History." Historical Publishing Network. ISBN 978-1-935377-16-0
  • Huey, Brenda. (2006). The Blackest Land The Whitest People. Bloomington: AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4259-4424-7
  • Mathews, Paul. (2001). I Remember... Personal Reflections on Greenville and Hunt County, Texas. Henington Publishing. ISBN 0-9709068-0-3

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