We went into the courthouse because we thought the inside might be interesting. And it was. There was a museum in there too. No photographs allowed in the museum, so all my pictures were taken from the hall (photo 5) and some of them are blurry.
The museum office is in what apparently used to be a room sized safe (photo 2). The main museum rooms have a collection of guns, dolls, baby furniture, Denton County furniture and Southwest American Indian pottery.
There is a collection of Thimbles and of Pecan Art
Monday- Friday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Holidays and Holiday Weekends
Free Admission except for Organized Tours
Organized Tours - $1 per person which includes admission to all three museums. We didn't take the tour.
- Museum Visits
- Budget Travel
Music Theatre of Denton
If you like the theatre I would recommend seeing if there is a show playing with the Music Theatre of Denton. I was able to be in a few of the shows and know they are top notch! Not that I am bias or anything ;) There is a lot of great singing and acting. They always do fun, more familar musicals/operettas so check one out if you have a night out!
*You can even see my name in a play I did many years ago at http://www.musictheatreofdenton.com/brigadoon2001.php
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
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
Denton County Courthouse
The Denton County Courthouse is built in the traditional center of the town square in downtown Denton. This particular building was built in 1896 by WC Dodson, and was built in the Romanesque Revival Style. This building is made out of stone with granite pillars.
The inside of the courthouse is now the home of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, which contains exhibits on the historical life of Denton County, as well as a few traveling exhibits that make their way to Denton.
Overall, this is a good place to pop in while you are taking a stroll around the town square!
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Denton County Courthouse
Quite an impressive courthouse and usually a lot nicer looking than when I was there -they were obviously undergoing some restoration, although it was completely restored in 1986/87. The courthouse was built between 1895 and 1897 with limestone quarried locally, the red granite for the columns coming from Burnet County and the grey sandstone from Mineral Wells. The courthouse is one of about 100 original courthouses left in Texas and has been voted as one of the most beautiful courthouses in the state. While the county Commissioners and county judges have their offices located here, it is no longer used as a courthouse.
Denton County Historical Museum
Located on the first floor of the courthouse is the Denton County Historical Museum which has a variety of exhibits depicting Denton County history and lifestyle of a century ago. There is a display of a country kitchen, a Victorian parlour, farm tools, and many other special collections.
Open Mon thru Sat from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Denton was the winner of the 1999 Great American Main Street City Award and the 1998 Texas Urban Main Street City of the Year. There are many restaurants, gift stores, antique shops surrounding the striking Courthouse.
Denton County National Bank
On the corner of Locust Street is the impressive National Bank building which was built in 1913 and has been submitted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1937 when Denton was emerging from the Great Depression, the building was remodelled. In 1996 the building again underwent remodelling and restoring of the interior and exterior when it was purchased by David Martino.
Evers Hardware Building
This old hardware store is one of the earliest stores on the square and still remain in the hands of the original family. There are still some of the original displays and products which were around when the store opened a century ago.
Old Style Store
This delightful old store has the very high ceilings and wood panelled floors which really give an idea of times gone by. The store sells all kinds of gifts and gadgets for the home. Great place to browse.
Open Mon. thru Sat. from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Sherman Building
This was the last lot to be sold on the downtown square in 1857 and was the site from where the Great Fire of 1860 originated. After being reduced to ashes, a new building was built in 1880 as one of the first brick buildings in Denton and housed a dry goods store. Since then there have been several businesses located here. Two building sitting side by side were joined in the 1920's to represent one building. In 1994 another fire announced the fate of both buildings. This new building was designed to represent the architecture of those times.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas is beautifully laid out on 500 acres. It was originally founded as a private college in 1890 by Joshua C. Chilton when Denton was a rural, agricultural town of only around 2,500 residents. In 1961, the college became North Texas State University and enrolment that year was 8,844. The name was changed for the 7th time in 1998, when it became the University of North Texas. In the 2000-2001 school year, enrolment at the university was about 27,000, with a faculty of more than 1,000.
Hurley Administration Building
The top of this building can pretty much be seen right around the university and is quite a focal point. This part of the university houses many of the university's administrative offices which include the president, provost, general counsel?s offices amongst others.
Murchison Performing Arts Center
Located down by the stadium alongside I-35 is the Murchison Performing Arts Center which was opened in 1999. There are two world-class performance venues housed in this building - the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall and the Lyric Theatre. There is also a large instrumental rehearsal hall, a box office, offices and support spaces.
The Coliseum was built in 1971 and has a total of 200,492 square feet. With a nickname of 'The Super Pit', and as home to the Eagles Men's and Women's basketball teams, it has been called one of the finest basketball facilities in college athletics. It was designed for multi-purpose use and has great viewing sight lines from any seat in the arena.