Denton, Texas
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General Information

Denton, Texas is a Mainstreet City located on the north side of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Dallas is 37 miles to the southeast via I-35E and Fort Worth is 35 miles to the southwest via I-35W. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is twenty-eight miles to the south via I-35 East and Highway 121.

Established in 1857, Denton is the county seat of Denton County, named for John B. 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.

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 has been called "the most picturewque pile of rocks in North Texas." Around the courthouse are a variety of antique shops, restaurants, and specialty stores, including a giant used bookstore, Recycled Books.

Cultural attractions center around the Arts Complex and two major universities, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. TWU, including the Dallas and Houston campuses, is the nation's largest university primarily for women. UNT is the fourth largest university in Texas with the third largest graduate program in the state, behind University of Texas and Texas A&M.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located to the south
of the intersections of 121, 114, and I-635 and to the north of 183.


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City of Denton Website

Map of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Denton County, Texas Website

Map of Denton, Texas

North Central Texas Council of Governments

DFW Maps and Aerial Photos

State of Texas Homepage

Denton Interactive Maps


Air Transportation


Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

North Texas Weather

Commercial Airline Guide - Terminals
Love Airport, Dallas, Texas
Denton Municipal Airport

Five-Day Weather Forecast
Current Weather Conditions
Denton Local Radar


About Denton


Denton-Texas Online Mall Index

Denton Independent School District

Denton Chamber of Commerce

Texas Women's University

Convention and Vistors Bureau University of North Texas

Main Street Denton

North Central Texas College

Denton Record Chronicle

Elm Fork Education Center

Greater Denton Arts Council

Public Television: KERA/KDTN Your Town, Your Choice




Other Metroplex Web Sites

Denton County History Page

Dallas Web Sites

Denton, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online

Fort Worth Web Sites

How North Texas Probably Got Its Name

All of Texas

Things to Do and See

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 are featured. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 7 p.m. At 207 South Bell. For information, call 940/382-2787.

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 United States and the wife of a Vice President. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. Open Monday through Thursday during summer semesters by appointment. On Texas Woman's University Campus at 227 Bell Avenue. Call 940/898-3201.

Hangar 10 Flying 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 10A, a Stagger Wing, built by Beech Aircraft, a PT-22, and a Piper L-4. Open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 1945 Matt Wright Lane on the south side of Denton Municipal Airport. for information, call 940/565-1945.

Lake Ray Roberts State Park: Isle du Bois Unit and Johnson Branch Unit -- One of Texas' newest lakes with a surface area of 29,350 acres. The dam is at river mile 60 on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, midway between the towns of Sanger and Pilot Point, approximately 12 miles northeast of Denton off I-35. Owned by the cities of Dallas and Denton, it is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and fishing. Isle du Bois State Park encompasses more than 1,300 acres for recreational use, including a 12-mile multi-use trail for hiking, bicycling, and equestrian use (your horse). It is accessible from Gainesville, Sanger, Aubrey, Pilot Point, and tioga as well as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex cities. Admission. For information, call 940/686-2148.

Little Chapel in the Woods -- Designed by O'Neil Ford, the chapel was completed in 1939. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt attended the dedication ceremonies. The small chapel blends nature and art in a wooded setting on Texas Woman's University Campus. Ten stained glass windows, designed by students, depict the theme "Women 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 Women's University Campus. for information, call 940/898-3601.

Denton County Courthouse on the Square Museum -- Museum is housed in Denton's historic courthouse built in 1896. The museum recalls Denton's history through a variety of exhibits. Special displays include Indian and Denton County pottery, American pressed blue glass, weaponry and dolls. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Denton County Courthouse. For information, call 940/565-5667.

Denton County Historical Museum, Inc. and Texas Heritage Center -- Located at the Exposition Mills Denton Factory Stores, this museum displays artifacts and memorabilia depicting life at the dawn of the twentieth century. Rotating exhibits offer something new to see for return visitors. A genealogy and family research center is also available for public use. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For information, call 940/380-0877.

Oak-Hickory Historic District -- Victorian homes on West Oak are fine examples of Victorian cottages with generous porches, jigsaw work and tall narrow windows.

Murchison Performing Arts Center -- The building is one of the most striking structures in Denton's skyline. The domed hall on the University of North Texas campus is acoustically compared to renowned concert halls around the world. For information on performances, call 940/565-4647.

The Campus Theatre -- A renovated 1940s movie house, this art deco masterpiece has been returned to its days of glory, providing live productions year round. For current performances, call 940/382-7014.

Sky Theater -- At the University of North Texas Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, the Sky Theater is your launch pad for exciting adventures. This 100-seat, 40-foot high domed theater has a Digistar III projection system that can reproduce tonight's sky, or the sky as it might have looked to the dinosaurs millions of years ago. It makes you feel like you are traveling to a nearby star. There are shows Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission. For information, call 940/369-8213 or visit

Texas Motor Speedway -- Second-largest sports facility in the country offers dual bankes turns, allowing the speedway to host both Indy-style racing and NASCAR Winston Cup stock cars. Eight Texas Stadiums, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, will fit in the infield of the raceway. There are 150,000 permanent seats and 194 skybox V.I.P. suites. Several races are scheduled throughout the years, as well as driving schools and other special events. Located at I-35W and Highway 114. For information and tickets, call 817/215-8500.

Visitor Information -- For information on lodging, dining, events, and points of interest, visit the Denton Chamber of Commerce at 414 Parkway, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 940/382-7895 or 1-888-381-1818.

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January 14, 2005