The outlook for Canton is bright with many new exciting projects and programs in the works. You may download a summary of current major initiatives and future projects.
Did you know Canton, TX supports a
population boom of 250,000 visitors
Well, it does. Canton grows to be the
seventh largest city in Texas when
Trade Days is held with over 7,000
vendor spaces set up in the 450-acre
First Monday Park to sell their wares.
Canton is only 60 miles east of Dallas
119 N. Buffalo St., Canton, Texas 75103
Tel: 903.567.1851 | Fax: 903.567.1872
When Van Zandt County was first organized, it included all of Wood County and much of Rains County and Jordan’s Saline was its county seat. It was named for a Mr. Isaac Van Zandt who was born on July 10, 1813 in Franklin County, Tennessee to Jacob and Mary Van Zandt. On the north side of the Canton Courthouse square stands a granite memorial to Mr. Van Zandt and his wife. Wood County was organized in 1850, leaving Van Zandt County with its present boundaries. Canton 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, who arrived in the area at that time. No settlement was made until 1850 when the town was laid out and named by settlers moving from Old Canton in Smith County. The first district courthouse at Canton opened in 1850 and a post office, the county’s fourth, was established in that year. The growth of the town for many years was very slow. Click here.