Travel 60 miles northeast of the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex to Hunt County, Texas and you will come across the city of Commerce, Texas. Established in the late 1870’s, this small town of 9,000 is known as the “Bois d’Arc Capital of Texas”. The term Bois d’Arc is in reference to the Bois d’Arc tree which is abundant in the area and recognized for having been an important resource for settlers and native tribes during the early days of Texas. The city celebrates the trees during its most important festival of the year, the Bois d’Arc Bash.
Commerce, Texas is also known for being the home of Texas A&M University - Commerce. This four year institution of higher learning is unique in that its student body is larger than the population of the city in which it resides. According to recent estimates, the university had an enrollment of 12,000 students which is 3,000 more than the estimated population of Commerce itself. As with all small college towns, and even more so in the case of Commerce, TX, the university serves as the city’s most important economic and cultural resource.