Denton was named for The Reverend John Denton, a lawyer, preacher, ranger, and Indian fighter. The center of town is the Courthouse Square, which is surrounded by restaurants (photo 5) and stores that sell such things as books, antiques, sporting goods, handmade carpets, and jewelry (photo 2). In the center of the square is the courthouse (photo 4).
The first Denton Courthouse was built in 1857 on the north side of the square. In 1875, the Courthouse burned. Two years later, the city built a new, brick Courthouse in the center of the Square. In 1895, lightening hit the Courthouse and started a fire. The fire burned the Courthouse down. Between 1895 and 1877, a larger, stone Courthouse, the Courthouse-on-the-Square was built using locally quarried limestone, gray sandstone from Mineral Wells, and Burnet County red granite for the columns. In modern times, the courthouse fell into disrepair, so in 1985, it was restored and a museum was put in on the first floor (see "Things To Do" Tip) John Bunyan Denton was born in Tennessee on July 28, 1806, orphaned and then adopted by a family named Wells, which shortly afterwards migrated to Arkansas Territory. Denton ran away from home when he was twelve years old and for a time worked as a deckhand on an Arkansas River flatboat. In 1824 he married Louisianan Mary Greenlee Stewart, who taught him to read and write. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for ten years served in Arkansas and southern Missouri as an itinerant minister. In the fall of 1836 or early in 1837, Denton crossed the Red River into Texas, and began the study of law. He served in the military, as a captain in a company commanded by Col. Edward H. Tarrant. On May 22, 1841, the unit attacked the Indians of Keechi Village in the battle of Village Creek, about six miles east of the site of Fort Worth. Denton was instantly killed by a bullet that hit his chest as he raised his rifle to fire. His body was brought back on horseback and buried in an unmarked grave on the east bank of Oliver Creek, near its confluence with a stream now called Denton Creek. Twenty years later John S. Chisum disinterred the remains and buried them in a wooden box in the corner of the yard of his home on Clear Creek, near Bolivar. In 1901 the Pioneer Association of Denton County, after diligent search and thorough identification, again removed the remains and buried them with appropriate ceremonies in the southeast corner of the Denton County Courthouse lawn.
Well, bowling is fun anytime really but it's even better at night (around 10pm) during Cosmic bowling!! The bowling alley turns down the lights, turns up the music and the blue lights come on to make an electric light show with pins and balls. It's really fun with a group of friends and a great way to meet other people if you're looking for it. It really is like being at a club but with bowling. There is a full bar so you can drink it up, too!
If you're coming to Denton with a younger family this is a great idea to do together. You don't have to come late at night for Cosmic bowling. The alley is open all day long. It is a fun place for birthday parties, too! You can see their variety of hours so you can come any day, anytime. There is also a snack bar so you can eat a meal here if you'd like. And for the kids there is an arcade.
Extras: Bar, Food, Pro Shop, Arcade
Saturday 7am-2am You can rent or buy all the equipment you need (ball, shoes, bag)
However, PLEASE BRING SOCKS!!!
Oak-Hickory Historic District
This is the Oak Hickory Historic District.
My daughter drove me down West Oak so I could take pictures of this collection
of historic homes. Victorian architectural themes prevail, but the neighborhood presents a fairly eclectic mix of architectural styles. Established in 1986, the district has the largest concentration of Historic Landmark Designations in the City
The first one on the street that I photographed was this 1905 Italianate Victorian at 705 W. Oak
The library is an impressive building surrounded by trees on the landscaped grounds of the Texas Women's University where formerly Dormitory Row stood. The building was named after the first female president of TWU, Dr. Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey. Within the library is the Woman's Collection, which is a major research collection on the history of American women.
There is also the University Archives, which contains historical information about TWU, Denton and notable women, also one of the largest cookbook collections in the country - including some books that date back to the 1600s and the Women Air force Service Pilots (WASP) archives.
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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