Welcome to the History of Van Alstyne


Van Alstyne Texas History begins with local pioneers and historic statesmen. A small community called Liberty, the founding of the current ghost town of Mantua (MAN-Chew-Way), and a railroad right of way dispute led to large structures moved by mules and the founding of one of the State of Texas’ most historical towns.

Van Alstyne, Texas c1900

The town of Van Alstyne, Texas was incorporated in 1890, and in 1892 W. H. Cave was the mayor, J. P. House was the City Marshall, and R. S. Henderson was City secretary.


We are a Texas non-profit founded by local residents with a passion and desire to research and document the history of Van Alstyne, Texas. …learn more about us and our vision

The core purpose of this site is to provide a place where citizens can collectively research, educate, document and preserve the History of Van Alstyne, Texas.

Van Alstyne 1910

We have yet to discover the history of the city government from 1873-1892 and the stories from the downtown square that boasted multiple theaters, saloons and historic venues for every level of society.