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Welcome to the Denison Arts & Cultural District

A tranquil mix of old and new, the Denison Arts and Cultural District (DACD) encompasses a 30-block area of downtown, featuring art galleries and studios, antique and specialty shops, performance venues and green spaces, a historic theater, art schools, restaurants and wine tasting room, recording and dance studios, museums, loft living spaces, a library, and the Old Katy Depot – all nestled among buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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About Denison, Texas

Denison, Texas is located in northeastern Grayson County on U.S. Highway 75, just 75 miles north of Dallas and 4 miles south of the Texas/Oklahoma border. State Highway 120 passes through Denison from east to west, and State Highway 84 borders northern Denison, providing direct access to Lake Texoma, the twelfth largest man-made lake in the U.S. The residents enjoy a gently rolling and wooded terrain which stretches northward to the shores of Lake Texoma and the Red River. Founded in 1872, the city of Denison was named after Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) Vice-President, George Denison. Today, the MKT, better known as the Katy Railroad, has merged with Union Pacific. From its beginning the railroad has been an important part of the city. During the 1940's, the Denison economy was strongly impacted by the establishment of Perrin Air Force Base. Today, the former air base is under the control of Grayson County and serves Denison as a viable private airport and industrial park. The city of Denison flag was designed in 1873. The green blocks are symbolic for the green grass of the Indian Territory, the red band is symbolic for the Red River, the white blocks are symbolic for Texas cotton fields and the black vertical stripe symbolizes the Katy Railroad. The star in the middle represents Denison. The flag was approved on November 13th, 1968 with the passage of Resolution 707. Denison's history is rich in flavor and personality, and its residents are dedicated to preserving the unique history. In 1988, Denison was officially designated a Texas Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission. Many homes in Denison have preserved their original character and design. Historic walking and driving tours guide visitors through neighborhoods and the historic downtown arts and cultural district.

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