Established in 1857, seat of Denton County, named for John
S. Denton, pioneer lawyer, preacher, and soldier. His grave is on the courthouse lawn. The
city and county are a blend of agricultural and modern industries.
Recreational activities include intercollegiate sports,
golf, hunting, and a wide range of water sports at nearby reservoirs. Denton is a Main
Street City and is located 35 miles north of the Dallas
/ Fort Worth Metroplex. Standing guard over the
city is the stately Denton County Courthouse. Designed in 1895, it was restored in 1987.
With its massive limestone walls and soaring clock tower, it's been called "the most
picturesque pile of rocks in North Texas." Around the courthouse square are a variety
of antique shops, restaurants, and specialty stores. Cultural attractions center around
Arts Complex and two major state universities: The Univ. of North Texas and Texas Woman's
Univ. TWU is the largest university primarily for women in the nation. Shoppers find bargains
at the Denton Factory Stores on I-35, Exit 471. Bed and breakfast accommodations
Art Galleries -
Craft media, paintings, sculptures, and other works
may be found in two galleries at the Center for Visual Arts. Local and national artists
featured. Open Sun. - Fri. 1 - 5 p.m., Thurs. until 7 p.m. At 207 S. Bell St.
Several other galleries offer a variety of exhibits
throughout the year at both Univ. of North Texas and Texas Woman's Univ.
Denton County Historical Museum, Inc aka Texas Heritage Center
Located at 5800 I-35 North, Denton, Texas on a major interstate surrounded by tourist Mecca of antique stores and factory shopping. Email for Denton County Historical Museum is
See web site at: www.dentoncountyhistoricalmuseum.com
New hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Old-time hardware store complete with original displays and products
sold since the store's founding a century ago, It still remains in the original family.
Open Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. On the downtown square at 109 W. Hicko.
Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas-
inaugural gowns of wives of presidents of the Republic of Texas and
state governors. Dresses worn by the wives of two Presidents of the U.S. and the wife of a
Vice President. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. during fall and spring semesters; open Mon.
Thurs. during summer semesters by appointment.
Hangar 10 Antique Airplane Museum-
Named after the location of the first airplane museum in Texas at
Brooke Air Force Base in San Antonio, the museum boasts four planes: a Lockheed IOA, a
Stagger Wing, built by Beech Aircraft, a PT-22, and a Piper L-4. Open Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. -
2 p.m. At Denton Municipal Airport. From 1-35E, take West Oak Exit, then right at Airport
Rd (F.M. 1515).
Designed by O'Neil Ford, chapel completed in 1939. First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt attended dedication ceremonies. The small chapel blends nature and art
in wooded setting on Texas Woman's Univ. campus. Ten stained glass windows, designed by
students, depict the theme "Woman Ministering to Human Needs." Although
constructed for private meditation, the chapel has become the setting for many weddings in
the community. Open during school hours on Texas Woman's Univ. campus.
Oak-Hickory Historic District-
Victorian homes on W. Oak St. are fine examples of Victorian
cottages with generous porches, jigsaw work and tall narrow windows.