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About the City of Canton, Texas

Location and Population

Canton Texas exits from Interstate 20

Situated between Dallas to the west, and Shreveport to the east, Canton is located on Texas Highways 19 and 64, and Interstate Highway I-20. Highway 243 runs westward to Kaufman, while Highway 198 runs southwest to Mabank.

Canton is the county seat of Van Zandt County, and home of the world famous First Monday Trade Days.

Today's permanent population is about 5,000 residents. Five exits from I-20 serve Canton, with Exit 527, Texas Highway 19 (Trade Days Boulevard), being the most popular for First Monday visitors and shoppers.

Canton is a Texas Main Street City, a National Main Street City, and a National Preserve America City. The historic downtown district features unique shops, restaurants, galleries and shopping open year-round, not just on First Monday flea market weekends.

History of Canton

Canton was surveyed in 1840, but no settlement was made until 1850, when the town was laid out and named by settlers moving west from Old Canton in Smith County. The first courthouse at Canton opened in 1850, and a post office (the county's fourth) was established in that year. Canton was incorporated in 1919, when it first elected a mayor and aldermen.

Canton, Texas ... Around the City

The Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton
Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton Texas

The City of Canton Mural Mural in downtown Canton Texas ... Establishe 1850

Visitor Information Center and The Plaza Museum in downtown Canton, Texas
Canton Visitor Information Center
Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Canton, Texas
Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza

More Information about Canton

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