In the 1850′s when the circuit judge stopped in Canton, Texas, on the first Monday of each month to hold court, people from the area came to town that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries, sit in on court proceedings, and watch a few hangings.
Many also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. This took place just off the west side of the courthouse square. Most history versions include the trading of wild horses, which were rounded up in the region and brought to Canton to sell.Called First Monday, the flea market used to only happen on the first Monday of each month. However, it now occurs from Thursday to Sunday before the first Monday of each month.