Introduction to Commerce, Texas
In 1872, William Jernigin, a pioneer merchant, established a mercantile store to take advantage of a new trade route that had emerged following the construction of a bridge across the South Sulphur River. Gradually, a settlement grew around this store. Since the community did not have a name, Jernigin's merchandise was sent to "commerce," which is how the area eventually came to be known as "Commerce." It was incorporated in 1885. The St. Louis Southwestern Railway connected the city to other neighboring communities in 1887, and by 1910, the city had a cottonseed oil mill, flour mill, roundhouse, machine shops, banks, rail yards, and cotton gins. The city's economic growth continues because of its association with the Texas A&M University.
Commerce and Nearby Attractions
- American Cotton Museum
- Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
- Cooper Lake State Park
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park
Things To Do In Commerce
The American Cotton Museum preserves exhibits related to the history of the American cotton industry. The birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which includes a 6-acre park, is easily accessible from the city. The site also features a visitor center and nature trails. The Southfork Ranch was used as the filming location for the television series "Dallas." The nearby Cooper Lake State Park has two units. The Delta County unit is situated upon 715 acres, while the Hopkins County unit occupies an area of 2,310 acres. Activities like camping, boating, and fishing can be enjoyed at the park.
Air transportation is available from Dallas Love Field Airport.
Commerce Higher Education
Texas A&M University - Commerce is located in the city. Paris Junior College, and Amberton University are the other colleges nearby.