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Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Farmersville


ONION CAPITAL

Farmersville, a Texas Main Street City, enjoys a certain celebrity as early residence of songwriter and movie star Audie Murphy. Murphy was born in nearby Kingston but made his home in Farmersville before the beginning of World War II. He pursued a successful career as actor and country music songwriter once the war was over and, at the time of his death in a 1971 airplane crash, Murphy was the most decorated combat soldier in the country’s history. Farmersville celebrates Murphy’s legacy every year on Audie Murphy Day. But Farmersville has also been true to its namesake as a major growing region for cotton, corn, maize, cantaloupe, and onions. Onions, in fact, were a Farmersville mainstay in the 1930’s, inspiring the town to call itself “Onion Capital of North Texas”, shipping more than a thousand railroad carloads of onions each year. Farmersville commemorates its crop-growing past with the restoration of a 1930’s onion packing shed called, appropriately “The Onion Shed”, and today it serves as location for the “Farmers and Fleas Market” held the first Saturday of every month as well as other community activities. The 1930’s also saw the construction of the downtown post office and its original 1941 mural “Soil Conservation in Collin County”, courtesy of the CCC, remains in excellent condition.


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