My daughter knows that I like to visit old historic Cemeteries and Oakwood cemetery in Denton certainly qualifies. So after we visited the courthouse we drove out and looked at some of the graves there. The cemetery was established in 1857. Land was donated by Pioneer Settler Hiram Cisco. The earliest grave is that of a Mrs. Wilson, who died during childbirth while traveling through the area in a covered wagon. Her newborn infant daughter died several days later and was also buried here. I looked for their memorials and others of interest. I did find Jesse M. Blount, Texas State Senator, Pioneer of Denton Texas, Denton County Treasurer and Judge
Born in Mississippi, Jesse Mercer Blount married Sophia Caudle in Carroll County, MS. He came to Texas in 1856 and settled in Denton County where he assisted in laying out the County Seat (Denton) of Denton County in 1857 along with such other leaders as preacher John Calvin Smith, J. M. McNeil and G. W. Hughes. City lots were auctioned, a post office was opened, and a church was founded. He was elected county judge and held the office for several years. He was a state Senator in 1866, going out of office with the Throckmorton administration in the reconstruction. He afterwards held several other city and county offices. Judge Blount was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Baptist church. He died February 22, 1899 and was buried February 23, 1899 with Masonic honors.
In earlier times, some people opted for cast iron graves, and I found some of them, and also found Woodsman of the World markers (WOW was an insurance company). Two other interesting graves are those of Andrew and George Brown who were convicted of murder and hanged in Denton. Their tombstones bear the inscription. 'executed.'
Officially named Oakwood Cemetery in 1931, this burial ground now serves as a historic reminder of the pioneers who first settled here and who led in the development of the area."
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
Oakwood Cemetery is one of the historic cemeteries of Denton County. It is located at the intersections of E. Prairie and Bradshaw streets. Note: There are a lot of cemeteries in Texas with Oak as part of the name. There is another Oakwood in Fort Worth.
From the historical marker:
"This cemetery was established soon after Denton was settled as the new seat of government for Denton County in 1857. Land for the community burial ground was donated by pioneer settler Hiram Cisco who had earlier conveyed property for the townsite. The earliest grave is that of Mrs. Wilson, who died during childbirth while traveling through the area in a covered wagon. Her newborn infant daughter died several days later and is also buried here. Other interments at this site include those of Jesse M. Blount (photo 5 is the tombstone of his wife), who helped plat the town of Denton and later served as county treasurer, judge and state senator; Col. Thomas Gynn Cosbey Davis, a cousin of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and a friend of U. S. president Abraham Lincoln; and many prominant early leaders of the town and county. Two interesting graves are those of George and Andrew Brown. On a change of venue from Montague County in 1879, they were convicted of murder and hanged in Denton. Their tombstones bear the inscription 'executed.' Officially named Oakwood Cemetery in 1931, this burial ground now serves as a historic reminder of the pioneers who first settled here and led in the development of the area."
I looked for the graves of George and Andrew Brown, but didn't find them. I did see a Woodsman of the World marker (in the shape of a tree), a cast iron cemetery cover and other interesting graves.
The Lake is on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and spans more than 23,000 acres. With the lakes depth there is plenty of opportunity for all kinds of water sports. There are nature trails around the 233 miles of shoreline and great fishing opportunities. Fish caught here include large-mouth bass, crappie, catfish, white bass and white stripped bass.
Is a picnic spot in Lake Dallas, about 10 miles south of Denton in southeastern Denton County. It is a very natural area which includes picnic tables and walking trails as well as fishing opportunities right on Lake Lewisville. There is also two baseball fields near the entrance to the park.
This small museum is situated out a the Denton Municipal Airport and has 4 planes on display. There is a Lockheed 10A plane, which amongst others was owned by child movie star Margaret O'Brien. There is a Stagger Wing, which was built by Beech Aircraft and used mainly for VIP of admirals and dignitaries. The Army Air Corps used the PT-22 on display primarily as a trainer for neophyte pilots and the other plane on display is a small, sporty-looking Piper L-4, which was used during World War II as a reconnaissance plane.
The museum is free and open to the public Mon - Sat 8:30am-3pm
Address: Denton Municipal Airport, 1945 Matt Wright Ln. Turn right at the entrance of the Airport and go about 100 yards.