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Physical Features: North Texas county; partly hilly, draining to Elm Fork of Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Grapevine Lake; Blackland and Grand Prairie soils and terrain.
Economy: Varied industries, colleges, horse industry, tourism, government/services; part of Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
History: Land grant from Texas Congress 1841 for Peters colony. County created out of Fannin County 1846; named for John B. Denton, pioneer Methodist minister.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 61.7; Black, 9.6; Hispanic, 19.0; Asian, 7.7; Other, 3.5.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 9,872; deaths, 3,258; marriages, 4,404; divorces, 2,548.
Recreation: Lake activities, parks; universities’ cultural, athletic activities, including “Texas Women; A Celebration of History”; “First Ladies of Texas” collection of memorabilia; Little Chapel in the Woods; Texas Motor Speedway; Denton Jazz Festival in April.
Minerals: Natural gas.
Education: University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
Agriculture: Second in number of horses. Eggs, nurseries, turf, cattle; also, hay, sorghum, wheat, peanuts grown. Market value $137 million.
DENTON (131,161) county seat; universities, manufacturers of trucks (Peterbilt), medical, aviation; hospitals; historic courthouse square; storytelling festival in March.
LEWISVILLE (104,494) commuting to Dallas-Fort Worth, retail center, electronics and varied industries; hospital, library; Celtic Feis & Scottish Highland Games in March.
Flower Mound (68,819) residential community, library, mound of native grasses, bike classic in spring.
Carrollton (128,682, also in Dallas County), hospital.
Other towns include: Argyle (3,752) horse farms/training, bluegrass festival in March; Aubrey (2,909) horse farms/training, cabinet construction, peanut festival in October; Bartonville (1,649); Copper Canyon (1,388); Corinth (20,873); Corral City (27); Cross Roads (1,796); Dish (404); Double Oak (3,012); Hackberry (984); Hebron (415); Hickory Creek (4,137); Highland Village (15,810); Justin (3,365); Krugerville (1,704); Krum (5,037) commuters, old grain mill, heritage museum, North Pole Days in December; Lake Dallas (7,378) light manufacturing, marina, historic downtown, Mardi Gras.
Also, Lakewood Village (586); Lantana (6,975); Little Elm (37,035) light manufacturing, lake activities, summer concert series; Northlake (1,932); Oak Point (3,090); Pilot Point (3,979) light manufacturing, horse ranches, Fireman’s Fest in April; Ponder (1,500); Providence (5,242); Roanoke (7,047); Sanger (7,484) distribution center, commuters, government/services, lakes, Sellabration in September; Shady Shores (2,791); The Colony (41,234) retail, business offices, industrial firms; parks, nature trails, salute to veterans on Veterans Day; and Trophy Club (12,004) commuters, retail.
Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.