Historical Markers in
Denton County, Texas

1848 Denton County Seat 1927 Denton City Hall Annie Webb Blanton Argyle Argyle United Methodist Church Aubrey First United Methodist Church Bartonville Belew Cemetery Bethel Community Beulah A. Harriss Bolivar Cemetery Bolivar, Townsite of Bridges Cemetery Button Memorial United Methodist Church Campus Theatre Chinn's Chapel Cemetery Chinn's Chapel Methodist Church Chisholm Trail in Denton County Christal House City of Krum City of Pilot Point Community of Little Elm Cooper Creek Baptist Church Cooper Creek Cemetery Cooper Creek School Corinth Shiloh Cemetery County Line Baptist Church Denton County Denton County Courthouse Denton Senior High School Eakins Cemetery Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County Elizabeth Cemetery Elm Fork Bridge Evers House First Baptist Church of Denton First Baptist Church, Hebron First Christian Church of Aubrey First Christian Church of Denton First Methodist Church of Denton First University Building Flower Mound Flower Mound Cemetery Flower Mound Presbyterian Church Ford, O'Neil Forester Ranch Furneaux Cemetery Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Good Hope Cemetery Graham-Argyle Cemetery Green Valley Schools Gregg Ranch Gribble Springs Baptist Church Harrington, Cassady and Clark Cemeteries Historical Building I.O.O.F. Cemetery Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Jacob Frederick Elsasser James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House John B. Denton John Simpson Chisum Home Site Johns' Well and Campgrounds Justin Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church Lewisville Prehistoric Site Lipscomb-Doggett House Martin-Russell House McCombs Cemetery McCurley Cemetery Medlin Cemetery Milliken House Mounts House Mounts-Wright House Noah C. Batis North Texas State Fair and Rodeo Oak Grove Methodist Church Oakwood Cemetery Old Alton Bridge Old Alton Cemetery Old Hall Cemetery Peters Colony Pilot Point Church of Christ Pilot Point Post-Signal Pioneer Woman Plainview Cemetery Ponder Prairie Mound Cemetery Quakertown Rayzor-Graham House Ritter Cemetery Roanoke Roanoke I.O.O.F. Cemetery Roanoke Lodge No. 668, A.F. & A.M. Roanoke Water Tower Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church Sanger and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Sanger Presbyterian Church Scripture-Deavenport House Silver Spur Saloon Simmons-Maxwell House Site of Lacy Hotel Skinner Cemetery Smith Cemetery St. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Swisher Cemetery Taylor Family Cemetery Texas Agricultural Experiment Station No. 6 Texas International Pop Festival Texas Normal College The City of Denton The First Building of Texas Woman's University The Hedgcoxe War Tyson Cemetery University Gardens, Texas Woman's University William E. Partlow, First Mayor of Sanger William Edmunds Bates
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Denton County, Texas, has a rich and diverse history that spans several centuries. The region was initially inhabited by Native American tribes before European settlers arrived. In the mid-1800s, the area experienced rapid growth and development as pioneers and immigrants began to establish permanent settlements.

Denton County was officially established in 1846 and named after John B. Denton, a prominent figure in Texas history. The county played a significant role in the early days of Texas statehood and witnessed the challenges and triumphs of westward expansion.

Throughout the 19th century, Denton County thrived due to the expansion of railroads and the arrival of new settlers. Agriculture, particularly the production of cotton, became a key economic driver. Educational institutions, such as the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, were founded in Denton County during this period, establishing a legacy of academic excellence.

In the 20th century, Denton County continued to evolve. The discovery of oil in the area brought new economic opportunities, and the county experienced further growth and urbanization. Today, Denton County is a dynamic and thriving region with a diverse economy that includes sectors such as education, healthcare, technology, and manufacturing.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Denton County, Texas.

  • Native American Inhabitation: Before European settlement, Denton County was home to various Native American tribes, including the Wichita and Tonkawa.

  • Anglo-American Settlement: In the mid-1800s, Anglo-American settlers began to arrive, drawn by the fertile land and prospects for farming and ranching. The Peters Colony, a land grant company, played a significant role in attracting these settlers.

  • County Formation: Denton County was officially established in 1846, named after John B. Denton, a prominent preacher and soldier who died during the Texas Revolution.

  • Growth and Development: The county's growth accelerated with the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s, leading to the establishment of towns such as Denton, Lewisville, and Frisco. Agriculture, particularly cotton farming, became a key economic driver in the region.

  • Education: Denton County became an educational hub with the founding of the University of North Texas (formerly known as North Texas Normal College) in 1890. The university has since grown into a major educational institution.

  • Modernization and Urbanization: In the 20th century, Denton County experienced suburban growth and industrial development, especially with the expansion of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The county's population has steadily increased, and it is now one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas.