Tom Bean is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,045 at the 2010 census.
Tom Bean is part of the Sherman–Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Location of Tom Bean, Texas
|Coordinates: 33°31′15″N 96°28′58″W|
Tom Bean is located at (33.520811, -96.482826). The town is approximately 30 miles south of the Red River and the Oklahoma border. The nearest town with a population over 20,000 people is Sherman, Texas. The area is colloquially referred to as the Sher-Den area or Texomaland - or just Texoma.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.
Thomas Bean, a wealthy Bonham landowner and surveyor, donated fifty acres of land in southeast Grayson County to be used for a branch railroad line from Sherman to Commerce. Bean died in 1887; in that year the city of Tom Bean was established. Nearby Whitemound, which was bypassed by the railroad, lost its post office to Tom Bean's city in 1888; many Whitemound settlers moved to the new town. Mr. Bean's estate began to sell town lots surrounding the railroad in the 1890s. The city school was moved in 1891 from a one-room structure to a two-story building with an auditorium. Several Christian denominations, including the Church of Christ, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist, established churches in town. The city charter was signed in 1897 and the first mayor was Ice B. Reeves.
In the early days of the 20th century, the city boomed. Within a few years, it boasted a grain company, a furniture company, a drugstore, a newspaper called the Tom Bean Bulletin, a saloon, a dance hall, a movie theater, and the Tom Bean social club. As time progressed, the sharp increase in automobile travel and transport, and the decline of cotton as the principal crop of the area, led businesses to the larger cities of Denison and Sherman.
Though never again the railroad boomtown of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the community enjoyed a growth spurt in the 1950s and 1980s, celebrating its centennial in 1987. The city of Tom Bean continues to thrive.
Current growth is due to its proximity to nearby Sherman, approximately eleven miles southeast.
The City of Tom Bean is served by the Tom Bean Independent School District and home to the Tom Bean High School Tom Cats.