The town was established in 1872 as a railhead for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad, which was the first to enter the state from the north. Five miles south of the Red River, the city is a gateway to Texas and Lake Texoma. It is also noted as the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Historical Driving Tour and details on area attractions are available from the chamber of commerce. The unique downtown district is an art mecca including galleries and studios, as well as the Homestead Winery & Tasting Room, numerous antique shops, eateries and bed-and-breakfasts.