Founded in 1873, the City of Terrell is the principal commercial center of Kaufman County. Terrell is located in the north-central section of Texas. It is 25 miles east of Dallas at the junction of Interstate Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 80. A new 19 mile section of I-20 was completed in 1990 that merges with the original alignment of I-20 a the Rosehill interchange in Terrell and intersects with I-635 near U.S. 175. The proximity of two major interstate routes provides excellent East-West access and is only 15 miles along SH 205 from I-30. Terrell's excellent transportation system makes it easy to get to the Metroplex, affording our citizens the amenities of Dallas while enjoying the small town atmostphere to live and raise a family.
Terrell was incorporated in 1875 and now operates under a home rule charter with a city manager form of government. The present city government complex was constructed in 1978 and contains most city departments, including the police and fire departments. The city has a Planning and Zoning Board and a Comprehensive Urban Development Plan that provides growth direction.