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Canton

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Flea Markets · Water Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Canton is a city in and the county seat of Van Zandt County in East Texas, United States. It is roughly 60mi east of Dallas, Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 3,581.HistoryCanton was surveyed as early as 1840 by a company of men under Dr. W. P. King. The community stands on the original survey of Jesse Stockwell, an early settler in the area. No settlement was made until 1850, when the town was laid out and named by settlers moving from Old Canton in Smith County, Texas. The first district courthouse at Canton opened in 1850, and a post office, the county's fourth, was established in that year.When the Texas and Pacific Railway was built across the county in 1872, it missed Canton by 10mi, and the citizens of Wills Point persuaded county officials to move the county seat there. In the resulting dispute, in 1877 armed residents of Canton went to Wills Point to recover the records, and the county judge wired Governor Richard B. Hubbard for aid. The Texas Supreme Court finally decided in favor of Canton. Unwilling to use the railroad at Wills Point, Canton businessmen established Edgewood, 10mi to the northwest of town, and built an extension to the railroad at a siding formerly called Stevenson.
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