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Denton Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 228 photos

Denton is the county seat of Denton County and was established in 1857 when early settlers who first settled in various areas of the county, wanted the county seat right in the middle of the county. Land was donated for the town which was named like the county after John B. Denton, a pioneer lawyer, preacher and soldier. Denton was killed during an Indian skirmish at Village Creek in 1841Growth in Denton was slow. In 1870 there were 361 residents, 32 of whom were black. The population increased to 2558 in 1890 when the Texas and Pacific Railway from Sherman to Fort Worth and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad to Dallas brought a rail outlet to the town, although this only brought a north south rail connection and so did not develop as a manufacturing and wholesale centre.

It was a centre for agricultural trade and there were flour mills and cottonseed oil mills along with small cottage industries. After 1890 Denton then became a college town when the North Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas) was established and then later in 1903 when the Girls’ Industrial College (now Texas Woman’s University) was established. TWU is the largest university for women in the nation.

The Federal Civil Defence Administration’s regional office moved to Denton from Dallas in 1954 and constructed a large underground shelter. It was the only FCDA underground shelter around at that time and was designated as the place from which the President of the United States along with other federal officials could go and direct the country from in case of an attack.

Denton has many large manufacturing companies making their base there such as Victor Equipment, Peterbilt and other small light industrial businesses. With the opening of the Dallas/Ft Worth international airport, many airline employers took up residence in South Denton and the population has grown to close to 90,000.

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  • Last visit to Denton: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2008
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  • May 31, 2004 at 8:30 AM

    The courthouse restoration is now complete, and the courthouse is open for tours. There is also a "concert on the square" with local artists every Thursday night during the summer.

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    Jan 6, 2004 at 6:01 PM

    You find the neatest places to visit !! lol Excellent page as always.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2004 at 2:12 PM

    As usually, a very well and informative page. The way I like it. Happy New Year

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2004 at 7:15 AM

    There's some really impressive architecture here, not to mention plenty of charm to spare. Great page!

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2004 at 9:20 AM

    The Courthouse looks wonderful, Also I love those houses with the porches, we dont have houses like that here. And the old store reminds me of our Co-operatives when I was a child. A wonderful page with such lovely photos.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 9:15 PM

    Nice job!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2003 at 5:47 AM

    Great lovely cutie place of a great lovely cutie nice page, The lake Dallas is for sure a great place for a seashore facillity! :-)

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2003 at 5:02 PM

    Woww.. the County Courthouse sure is a beautiful building.. would be interesting to see after the restoration work. The Chapels is also lovely.. love the stained glass windows.. Super page Keewee.. lovely place.. ;-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2003 at 11:15 PM

    consortium of interesting Buildings here in Denton, Willow Grove Park looks very inviting by the Lake....I'll bring a picnic and afterwards we go to the Candystore ^..^ fine page KW

  • Dec 9, 2003 at 8:46 PM

    I'll check back again when you get to finish! Anyhow, the candy store sounds delicious,hehe=)


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