To preserve our 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.
Garrett Burgess Griffin Royse, City Founder
Garrett Burgess Griffin Royse
Garrett Burgess Griffin Royse, better known as Byrd Royse, was born in Adair County, Kentucky on January 31, 1838, to William and Mary Stone Royse. He was the seventh of 14 children.
Mr. Royse was proud of the fact that he served the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He served with the 19th Regiment Missouri Infantry.
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. He married Mrs. McCasland’s granddaughter on August 8, 1880. They remained married until Mr. Royse’s death in 1928. Mrs. Nancy Royse died 7 years later.
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 quite 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.
Things To Do
Buc-ee’s Coming to Royse City
After a joint Royse City City Council and Community Development Corporation meeting last night, it was announced that Buc-ee’s will be building in Royse City. What we can expect in Royse City: an approximately 50,000 square foot travel center with around 50 gas pumps at the southwest corner of I-30 and FM 2642. City officials and Buc-ee’s officials are working to have the I-30/FM 2642 bridge reconstructed. Buc-ee’s will time their completion of of the project with their reconstruction of the bridge/intersection, which is likely to be sooner than later.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by a Buc-ee’s during a road trip, they are very popular places. They contain their own line of food products – snack foods and jarred vegetables, relishes, etc.; numerous fountain drinks; several ICEE machines; deli foods; fudge; gift items; Buc-ee’s brand clothing, cups, etc.; and not to be forgotten: lots of very clean restrooms!
Mayor and Council Applications Received
At 5 PM on Friday, February 27th (the last day to file for the May ballot), Royse City had received one application for Mayor: the City’s current Mayor Pro Tem, Janet Nichol. Charles Houk filed for Council Place 1; Bruce Bradley filed for for Council Place 3; and James Branch filed for his existing place, Place 5.
December Events Around the Corner!
Royse City is preparing for holiday events (and more)! First up is the annual Main Street Christmas Luncheon on December 3rd. This event is the Main Street program’s biggest fundraiser! Local businesses and groups buy tickets (or tables) and take on the task of decorating their tables in the annual theme. This year, it’s A Candy Christmas! It gets better every year! This year, many thanks go to these awesome sponsors!
Gold Level – Arbor House (of Rockwall)
Silver Level – Lake Pointe Health Network & Lake Pointe Medical Partners and Farmers Electric Cooperative
Bronze Level – Royse City Education Foundation; Texas Leadership Bank; LaRue Chic Boutique & State Farm Insurance; RC Community Development Corporation; American National Bank; Rest Haven Funeral Home; and Oncor.
On Thursday, December 4th beginning at 5:30 PM, a tree lighting ceremony will take place. KKVI will be providing live coverage and choirs from the RC Elementary Schools will be performing. Santa will be present in City Hall from 5:30 until 7 PM!
On, Saturday, December 6th from 10 AM until 2 PM, the Royse City Fire Department will be hosting an Open House at the Fire Station downtown (on Main Street). This will be a great opportunity to meet some of our local firefighters and learn a bit too! They’ll have fire safety demonstrations; free hot dogs; Sparky the Fire Dog will be making an appearance; and the kids will love the fire truck bounce house and slide!
Finally, on Saturday, December 13th, Royse City will host the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade! This year’s route will be a little different, beginning at Ruth Cherry and heading west on SH 66 to downtown. Every year, the parade floats impress with lights! It begins at 6:30 PM.
There are plenty of events right here, in the Heart of Royse City, to make part of your own holiday traditions! Join the fun!