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Royse City is located in a rural, yet growing area located 30 miles east of Dallas. You can enjoy the slower pace of a small community while never being more than 30 minutes away from the entertainment and nightlife of downtown Dallas.  With several local restaurants to choose from and shopping just 10 minutes away, you are never far from anything you may need. There is also a wide variety of colleges in the area to choose from; Texas A&M-Commerce, SMU, Eastfield, & Collin County Community Colleges all within a 20 to 40 minute drive.

Royse City is named after Garrett Burgess Royse, better known as Byrd Royse.  Royse was the seventh of 14 children and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil Way.

Around 1850, Mr. Royse’s future grandmother-in-law and her sons bought several tracts of land that were later to be known as Royse City.

Around 1886, Mr. Royse platted the town site and sold the first lot to Alf Reese and his nephew Albert Royse. About that same time, Mr. Royse was instrumental in getting the MK&T Railroad line brought from Greenville to Dallas through Rockwall County. Family legend has it that Mr. Royse informed the MK&T Railroad people that he would donate the land for a train station if they would call it Royse City.

After the lots were sold and land in and around Royse City were selling pretty high, the Royse family sold their part and, in 1893, joined about 100,000 others in the Oklahoma Land Rush. Mr. Royse got a quiet of bit of land in Custer County near Foss, Oklahoma. Mr. Royse and his wife resided there until their death. They are both buried in the Stafford Cemetery near Foss.


Today, Royce City strives to preserve its hometown atmosphere, to serve the community through responsible government and provide a safe environment, which promotes, enhances and develops a higher quality of life for our citizens.

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