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Denton County has a rich historical heritage preserved on national, state and county historical markers found in cities and towns, cemeteries and early communities, and along highways and country roads. Inscriptions are written based on historical narratives and documentation found in records of the Denton County Historical Commission or the Texas Historical Commission's archives.

The historical markers tell the story of the early pioneers and settlers in Denton County and cover subjects on a wide range of topics that include communities and cities, cemeteries, churches, schools, ranches, land grants, events, businesses, historic individuals, archeology, and organizations. Many structures, houses and buildings throughout the county are Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. Most of the markers are Texas Historical Commission markers; the Denton County Historical Commission marker program began in 2004.

The earliest markers in the county are the Centennial Markers erected by the state in 1936 to commemorate the 100th birthday of Texas' independence from Mexico. A number of properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Each individual marker is grouped within one of fourteen geographical areas. The marker site lists marker location, type of marker, year erected, marker text and photos. Each area is identified by the names of cities, towns and communities with one or more historical markers. Three of the fourteen marker areas begin in the center section of Denton, the county seat: Denton/Downtown, Courthouse Square Historic District and Area; Denton/University of North Texas, Oak-Hickory Historic District and Area; and Denton/ Texas Woman's University and Area.

The John B. Denton Texas Centennial marker, located on the historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, is the first marker listed. Established by the Texas Legislature in 1846, Denton County was named for John B. Denton, pioneer preacher and lawyer, killed in the Village Creek Indian fight May 24, 1841.

Divided into four additional sections the remaining marker areas encircle the center of the county: northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest. For a visual image click on the Geographical County Map in menu for information on the county's sections and areas.

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Denton / Downtown,  Courthouse Square Historic District & Area


Denton / University of North Texas, Historic District & Area


Denton / Texas Woman's University, South Denton & Area


Pilot Point, Aubrey, Green Valley & Area


Little Elm, Oak Grove, Oak Point & Area


Old Alton, Copper Canyon & Area


Lake Dallas, Corinth, Shady Shores & Area

Lewisville & Area


Carrollton, Hebron, The Colony & Area


Flower Mound & Area


Roanoke, Trophy Club & Area


Argyle, Justin, Ponder, Krum & Area


Bolivar & Area


Sanger & Area


  Section of County: Center

Denton / Downtown, Courthouse Square Historic District & Area
 
legend - Denton / Downtown,  Courthouse Square Historic District & Area
1. John B. Denton
2. The City of Denton
3. Confederate Memorial
4. Denton County Courthouse
5. Lacy Hotel
6. Denton County
7. Texas Normal College
8. Denton Courthouse Square Historic District
9. First United Methodist Church, Denton
10. John B. Denton College Bell
11. O'Neil Ford
12. Bayless-Selby House Museum
13. Campus Theatre
14. Quakertown
15. Quakertown House

John B. Denton (1)

Type: Texas Centennial Marker, 1936
Location: courthouse lawn corner of Locust and West Hickory Streets, Denton.
Marker Text: Born in Tennessee July 26, 1806, came to Texas in January, 1836. As a Methodist circuit rider killed in the Village Creek Indian fight May 24, 1841 in what is now Tarrant County. Named for Gen. Edward H. Tarrant who commanded the volunteers. Denton city and county were named for the pioneer lawyer, preacher, soldier of that name.
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The City of Denton (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1977
Location: courthouse lawn, corner of Locust and West Hickory Streets, next to John B. Denton grave, Denton.
Marker Text: Pioneers settled this locality in the 1840's. In 1846 the Texas Legislature created Denton County -- one of several carved from the Peters Colony grant. After trying other sites, the voters in 1856 accepted for county seat this tract donated by Hiram Cisco, William Loving, and William Woodruff. The city and county were named for John B. Denton (1806-41), a minister killed while defending frontier settlers. Woodruff, fellow surveyor C. C. Lacy, and attorney Otis Welch platted the townsite. In 1857 city lots were auctioned, the post office opened, and a church was founded. J. M. Blount, Joseph A. Carroll, W. F. Egan, and I. D. Ferguson were pioneer leaders. A cotton gin and plants for making bricks, corn meal, flour and ice soon developed. The "Monitor," a newspaper, began its career in 1868. Sam Bass (1851-78), legendary western outlaw, trained and raced "The Denton Mare" while living and working as a local farm hand. North Texas State University originated here as Texas Normal College in 1890, and Texas Woman's University opened in 1903 as the College of Industrial Arts. Agriculture-related businesses, education, and small factories sustain the economy. The city grew from 1,194 in its first census (1880) to 39,874 by 1970. (1977)
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Confederate Memorial (3)

Type: Non-state approved, 1918.
Location: courthouse lawn, 110 West Hickory Street, south sidewalk entrance, Denton.
Marker Text: Erected by Daughters of the Confederacy in memory of our soldiers in heroic self-sacrifice and devoted loyalty gave their manhood and their lives to the South in her hour of need. (Inscription on front of monument) In Memoriam "Their names graved on memorial columns are a song heard far in the future; and their examples reach a hand through all the years to meet and kindle generous purposes and mold it into acts as pure as theirs."
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Denton County Courthouse (4)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1970; Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, 1977
Location: Attached to northeast corner of courthouse at West Oak and Locust Streets, Denton.
Marker Text: Built 1896-97. Fifth courthouse for Denton County. First was at Alton, second at Pinckneyville. Third (in Denton) was burned in crime charged to a member of the Sam Bass Gang of outlaws. Walls are native limestone; columns, Burnet County marble. Architecture is free combination of Victorian styles, with French second empire pavilions, fanciful ogival domes. Architect was W. C. Dodson; contractor Tom Lovell is said to have built Utah Capitol.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1970. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places, 1977.
Historical Narrative: Denton County Courthouse (PDF)
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Lacy Hotel (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1973
Location: 102 West Oak Street, attached to the Texas Building, Denton.
Marker Text: Charles Christian Lacy (1816 - 70) moved with wife Sarah (Brown) from Kentucky to Texas, 1854; platted Denton townsite, 1855; had what is thought to have been city's first hotel, existent 1858-82, at this site. Before he gained fame as bandit, Sam Bass worked here briefly as a livery stable boy.
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Denton County (6)

Type: Texas Centennial Marker, 1936
Location: courthouse lawn, corner of Elm and West Oak Streets (originally placed as a highway marker in Argyle, US 377), Denton.
Marker Text: Created April 11, 1846 from Fannin County; organized July 13, 1846 with Denton as county seat. Both town and county are named in honor of John B. Denton 1806-1841. Pioneer preacher, lawyer and Indian fighter. First county seat designated as Pinckneyville, 1846. Site selected in 1848 called Alton permanently located at Denton in 1857.
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Texas Normal College (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1965
Location: northwest corner of courthouse square, corner of Elm and West Oak (attached to furniture bldg. across street from courthouse), Denton.
Marker Text: At this site, on the second floor of a hardware store, 70 students enrolled for the first session of Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute, September 16, 1890. The students included 28 Creeks from Indian territory. The city of Denton provided classrooms for the faculty of five under president Joshua C. Chilton, an educator with previous experience and training in Ohio and Indiana. In 1891, the school moved to a building at the present site of North Texas State University. This marker dedicated on 75th Anniversary of the University. (1965)
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Denton Courthouse Square Historic District (8)

Type: National Register of Historic Places
Location: Denton County Courthouse located in center of courthouse square; area bounded by Pecan, Austin, Walnut and Cedar Streets, Denton
Marker Text: Not available at this time.
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First Methodist Church of Denton (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1996
Location: 201 South Locust Street, Denton.
Marker Text: The Rev. William E. Bates organized the First Methodist Church of Denton in 1857, the same year the town of Denton was formed. Services were conducted in the log courthouse until the Masonic Lodge of Denton constructed a 2-story building in 1859. It served as a school and meeting hall and was used by all the area churches. In 1873 the Methodist congregation built their first meeting house, which was a white frame church with a steeple and bell. Funds for a red brick sanctuary built in 1899 were raised in part at a revival conducted by evangelist Abe Mulkey. By 1907 the congregation of more than 600 members had outgrown its sanctuary, but another building was not constructed until 1925 when a new church building with a seating capacity of 2,400 was completed. An education building was added in 1951, and other renovations have taken place over the years. Many prominent citizens of Denton have been members of this church which has provided a variety of programs for the congregation and has supported local and foreign missions. It has served the community through several social outreach activities and continues to be an integral part of the Denton area. (1996)
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John B. Denton College Bell (10)

Type: Denton County Historical Commission Foundation, 1984
Location: 201 South Locust Street, First Methodist Church, Denton.
Marker Text: Placed by the Denton County Historical Commission Foundation. Placed in memory of Henry G. (Pete) Shands. Dedicated in honor of all children of First United Methodist Church, June 1984
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O'Neil Ford (11)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2008
Location: 502 Oakland Street, Emily Fowler Central Library, Denton.
Marker Text: (December 3, 1905 - July 20, 1982) In the mid-20th century, a North Texas native became a leading architect of the American Southwest. O'Neil Ford was born in Pink Hill and went to school in Sherman (both Grayson Co.), where the arts and crafts curriculum inspired his entire family. Following the death of his father, the Fords moved to Denton. O'Neil learned drafting, woodworking, and architectural drawing at North Texas State Teachers College and earned an architectural certificate by mail from the International Correspondence School of Scranton (Pa.). At the College of Industrial Arts he read the school library's architectural journals, and on the construction site of Denton Presbyterian Church O'Neil met Dallas architect David Williams, who became his mentor. In partnership with others since 1932, Ford designed several significant projects, including Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton, restoration of La Villita in San Antonio, major portions of the campuses of Trinity University (San Antonio) and Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and the Tower of the Americas for the Hemisfair in San Antonio. He integrated architectural designs with their settings by collaborating with craftsmen and artists, and was active in historic preservation and environmental causes. Ford designed municipal buildings, churches, libraries and homes during his career. He designed additions to Denton's Emily Fowler Library in 1969 and 1981, incorporating a courtyard and interior finishes handcrafted by his family. Ford was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1960 and appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to serve on the National Council for the Arts. His legacy lives on in the artistic blends of natural materials, clean lines, and open spaces in his designs. (2008)
Historical Narrative: O'Neil Ford Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Bayless-Selby House Museum (12)

Type: DCHC Marker, 2005
Location: 317 West Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard in Historical Park of Denton County, Denton.
Marker Text: Samuel A. Bayless and his wife, Mary, came to Denton from Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1884, he purchased a two-room farmhouse, the one-story part of the museum. Later, they built a two story Victorian Queen Anne-style addition. Samuel died in 1919. Mary sold the house in 1920 to R.L. Selby Sr. and his wife, Mary. The Selby family retained ownership until 1970. The house was moved from 1301 Myrtle Street, Denton in 1998. After restoration, the house opened as the Bayless-Selby House Museum in 2001.
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Campus Theatre (13)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2009
Location: 214 West Hickory Street, Denton.
Marker Text: The Campus Theatre was built in 1949 by Interstate Theatres and served as one of three cinemas owned by the company in Denton until its final use as a cinematic theater in 1985. Original manager J.P. Harrison was well-known for both. his business acumen and his civic involvement. The Campus Theatre, designed by the Dallas Architectural firm of Pettigrew-Worley & Co., was built in the Art Moderne style typical of post-WWII theaters and features geometric embellishments, such as a stepped parapet, a tapered vertical fin sign and a curvilinear canopy with geometric neon ornamentation.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2009, Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative Campus Theatre Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Quakertown (14)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2011
Location: Quakertown Park, west of Civic Center at 321 East McKinney Street, Denton.
Marker Text: In the early 1880s, Quakertown emerged as a thriving African American community in the heart of Denton. Quakertown flourished through 1920, its growth due in part to its location near the city square and the opportunities it provided African Americans. The community was bounded by Withers Street on the north, Oakland Avenue on the west, Bell Avenue on the east, and by Cottonwood and Pecan Creeks on the south. Although many residents worked for businesses on the nearby city square, at the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University), and as servants for white households, Quakertown prospered as a self-supporting community. Several churches, a physician's office, lodges, restaurants, and small businesses joined homes to line the streets of the community. The neighborhood school, the Fred Douglass School, burned in Sep. 1913 and was rebuilt along Wye Street in southeast Denton in 1916, foreshadowing events to come. By 1920, the proximity of Quakertown to the growing college of industrial arts and civic-minded interests of Denton's white residents threatened the future of Quakertown. Many believed that it was in the best interest of the college and the Denton community to transform Quakertown into a city park. In Apr. 1921, with little input from its residents, the city voted 367 to 240 in favor of a bond to purchase Quakertown. More than 60 families lost their homes. The majority of the displaced residents relocated to southeast Denton on 21 acres of land, platted as Solomon Hill, sold to them by rancher Albert L. Miles. Others, including many Quakertown community leaders, chose to leave Denton altogether. By Feb. 1923, Quakertown had disappeared in the midst of the new park's construction. (2010) Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Quakertown Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Quakertown House (15)

Type: DCHC Marker, 2008
Location: 317 West Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard in Historical Park of Denton County, Denton. The Denton County African American Museum is located inside the Quakertown House.
Marker Text: Built in 1904 by H. F. Davidson at 607 Bell Ave. in the African American community of Quakertown, this house was purchased by C. Ross Hembry in 1919. He sold the land to the City of Denton for $2,700 in 1922 and moved the structure to 1113 E. Hickory, in Solomon Hill, now Southeast Denton, when the citizens of Denton voted to make the area a park and remove the entire neighborhood. In 2004, the house was moved to this Park and dedicated as the Denton County African American Museum on February 16, 2008.
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Denton / University of North Texas, Oak-Hickory Historic District and Area
legend - Denton / University of North Texas, Historic District & Area
1. Martin-Russell House
2. Scripture-Deavenport House
3. Denton Senior High School
4. First University Building
5. Historical Building
6. Rayzor Graham House
7. First Christian Church of Denton
8. James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House
9. I.O.O.F. Cemetery
10. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
11. First Baptist Church of Denton
12. North Texas State Fair and Rodeo

Martin-Russell House (1)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2007
Location: 811 West Oak Street, Denton.
Marker Text: This prominent residence was built in 1925-27 at a cost of $30,000 for Dr. M.L. Martin (1869-1941) and his wife, Ailsey (Forester) Martin (1890-1968). Ailsey grew up on the nearby Forester Ranch (established 1852) and received one-third of the ranch of the famous "Two-I-Jinglebob" brand when it was divided in 1913. Dr. Martin was born in South Carolina and received degrees from Peabody College (Nashville, TN) in 1892 and the University of Texas at Austin in 1899. He served in the medical corps during World War I and was a doctor in Denton for forty years until his death. Pilot Point native James Holford Russell and wife, Ava Lee (Mars) Russell, bought this property in 1945. J.H. Russell earned a degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1919 and for decades managed Russell's Department Store, part of a family business that debuted in Denton in 1925. He was also a civic leader and Texas Woman's University Regent. The Russells lived here until 1967. Fort Worth architect J.B. Davies designed the house, with H.F. Davidson as carpenter and Charles N. Davis in charge of brick and concrete work. The home has an attic and basement and 14 rooms, with a sun parlor, living room, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen and reception hall on the first floor, and four bedrooms, a sleeping porch, library and two bathrooms upstairs. Prominent features of the Georgian Revival style house include its red brick veneer and white stone trim, green-tinted metal tile roof with dormers, arched windows with keystones, pedimented entryway door surround, wrought iron balconies and symmetrical massing. Since its construction, the house has been the scene of numerous social and community events.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2007. Marker is Property of State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Martin-Russell House Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Scripture-Deavenport House (2)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1980
Location: 819 West Oak Street, Denton.
Marker Text: The original part of this house was built in 1885-86 for local grocer Robert C. Scripture and his wife Annie (Brown). It was later owned by Robert Hann, a merchant and civic leader. Constructed as a Victorian residence, it was remodeled and enlarged about 1912 during the ownership of banker B. H. Deavenport. The mission revival changes were completed by M. B. Whitlock, a local contractor, and feature a decorative rose window on the third floor. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1980
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Denton Senior High School (3)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2009
Location: 709 Congress Street, Denton.
Marker Text: The first free city of Denton School opened in 1884. After the building burned in 1908, another school was built at the same site. When John B. Denton College closed in 1912, high school students were moved to the former college building, which sat on a 10.7 acre campus. This red brick building was constructed in 1924 on the north end of the college campus and opened in the fall with an enrollment of 478 senior high school students; junior high classes remained in the old John B. Denton building. Amos O'Neil "Prof: Calhoun, (1891-1973, principal of the school in the old John B. Denton building moved to the new structure to become principal when it opened. He held the post for the next 33 years, retiring at the end of the 1956-57 school year. Calhoun was the only principal to serve during the building's time as a senior high school. When a new high school on Fulton Street opened in 1957, this building became Denton Junior High School. The name was changed to Congress Junior High in 1969 and was again changed in 1982 to Calhoun Junior High, in honor of its former principal. The campus became a middle school in 1992. The building has continued in use with additional wings. Fort Worth architect Wiley G. Clarkson designed this imposing three-story Classical Revival style schoolhouse, with 24 classrooms, offices, laboratories, an auditorium, a gymnasium, and a library. The symmetrical main façade is divided into five bays by a projection central entry and corner piers. The exterior is brick with Lueders limestone trim. A central flight of stairs leads to the second-story entrance, and the words "Senior High School" are inscribed into the stone over the central bay.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2009, Marker is Property of the State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Denton Senior High School Historical Narrative (PDF)
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First University Building (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1965
Location: 1417 West Hickory Street, at the Ave B. entrance of Hickory Hall, University of North Texas, Denton.
Marker Text: On this site in 1891, the city of Denton erected a building to be leased to President Joshua C. Chilton, for the use of the privately owned Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute, which he had opened the year before in a business building downtown. The 10-acre campus became state property in 1901. President Chilton's college thus was forerunner of North Texas State University. The old Normal building was struck by lightning and burned, 1907. This marker is dedicated on the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the university.
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Historical Building (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1994
Location: 200 Avenue A ( corner of Ave. A and Mulberry Street), University of North Texas, Denton. Historical Building is called Curry Hall by UNT
Marker Text: Built in 1912-13 to serve as a library and gymnasium, this is the oldest remaining building on the North Texas campus. It became known as the Historical Building in 1925, when history professor Joseph Lyman Kingsbury (1880-1949) began a museum that was housed here until 1986. The institution's eclectic collection included published works and artifacts from around the world. Upon the museum's closing the collection was distributed to other institutions in Denton. The building also has housed academic offices, classrooms, and the College Radio Station. (1994)
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Rayzor-Graham House (6)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1989
Location: 928 West Hickory Street, Denton.
Marker Text: Business and civic leader J. Fred Rayzor (1890-1965) had this home constructed in 1912 by local builder M. T. Goodwin. It was purchased in 1941 by W. E. Graham (1890-1963) and remained in his family until 1974. Features of the one-story American foursquare home include bungalow details in the door, columns, and windows. Also of note are the central entry in the deep attached porch, a hipped dormer, and washboard siding. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1989
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First Christian Church of Denton (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1997
Location: 1203 North Fulton Street, Denton.
Marker Text: This congregation, established in 1868 and led by Elder Terrell Jasper, initially met in the local Masonic Hall until a frame church building was erected in 1876. A state charter was issued to First Christian Church of Denton in 1902. By 1904 a brick building was constructed at Hickory and Piner streets, the first of three structures to house the congregation at that location. The current facility at 1203 Fulton Street was designed by O'Neil Ford and was completed in 1959. The church continues to provide spiritual leadership in the community. (1997)
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James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House (8)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2012
Location: 1003 West Oak Street, Denton
Marker Text: James Newton Rayzor was born December 10, 1858 in Lockport, Kentucky. He immigrated to Texas in the fall of 1866 with his family and settled in Collin County. In 1871, the family moved to Cooke County where Rayzor later taught school at Prairie Grove and at Pilot Point and Mustang Community in Denton County. He moved to Denton in 1882 and married Eva Tabor, who was born May 18, 1864 in Pilot Point. Rayzor was involved in many business ventures including the Alliance Mill (now Morrison Milling Co.), Alliance Ice Company and Rayzor Ice Company. He was active in community organizations such as the Masonic Lodge, served as President of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the John B. Denton College Committee that founded the School in 1901 and helped establish the State Industrial School for Girls (now Texas Woman's University). Rayzor served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church for 44 years and also authored several books about religion, history and his 1923 travels to Europe and the Holy land. James and Eva purchased the property in 1906 and completed the home in 1909 with contractor M.T. Goodwin. This prairie style home features horizontal lines, exaggerated overhanging eaves and a hipped roof over the send-story bedrooms. Ribbons of windows line the south and southeast side of the home, and repetitive millwork and tongue and groove oak floors complement the interior. The screened sleeping porch contained numerous beds for company and the family during hot summers. After James and Eva passed away in 1938 and 1939, respectively, their descendants owned the home until 1978. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2012 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House Historical Narrative (PDF)
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I.O.O.F. Cemetery (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker 1996; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2000
Location: Carroll Boulevard, and Eagle Drive, main entrance on Carroll Boulevard, Denton.
Marker Text: Denton Lodge No. 82 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) was chartered in 1859 by a number of the area's most prominent settlers, including John S. Chisum of the Chisum Trail fame. That year I.O.O.F. charter member and Denton merchant James M. Smoot (1822-1862) donated land here for graveyard purposes. The lodge subdivided the cemetery into four sections, each of which contained 350 burial plots. The first recorded burial was that of Anne Isabella Carroll, infant daughter of Joseph and Celia Carroll, in 1860. The site served as Denton's main graveyard and by the early 1880s space had become scarce. In 1883 the lodge enlarged the cemetery by 7.5 acres acquired from adjacent landowners John and Ann McMurray; 6.5 acres acquired from the McMurrays in 1916 further enlarged the cemetery. By the early 1920s burial space was again limited, and in 1924 the cemetery was enlarged by four acres. After maintaining the cemetery for more than 60 years the lodge deeded the 22-acre site to the city of Denton in 1933. Among the approximately 5,800 people buried here are pioneer Denton County settlers, local and state elected officials, and veterans of wars ranging from the Texas Revolution to World War II. (1996)
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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (10)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1994
Location: 2255 North Bonnie Brae Street, marker moved from original site on 1215 North Elm Street to new church in 2004, Denton.
Marker Text: This church began as a mission of the Dallas Diocese about 1890; the Rev. F. X. Meilinger served as mission priest. The congregation held services on the second floor of a local barn until a church building was erected in 1893-94. A Catholic student society was organized in the 1930s. The original building was razed and replaced with a new brick structure here in 1956. The church built a parish center nearby in 1966 and established a hospital ministry and outreach program to provide for the needy in 1970. The congregation continues to provide a variety of programs for the community.

Supplemental Plaque Inscription: Parish established in 1894 - moved to new site, from Elm to Bonnie Brae Street, in 2004. Parroquia establecida en 1984 movio al sito Nuevo de la calle Elm A Bonnie Brae, en 2004.
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First Baptist Church of Denton (11)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1997
Location: 1100 Malone Street, Denton.
Marker Text: Twelve men and women met in 1858 in the log cabin Denton County Courthouse to organize the Union Baptist Church. In its first decade, the church doubled its membership. By 1876 the congregation had been renamed the Denton Baptist Church. About 1880 the name was changed to the First Baptist Church of Denton. For nearly twenty years the congregation met in the Masonic Hall and the Cumberland Presbyterian building. The first structure owned by the church, a white frame one topped by a steeple, was completed in 1876. As the membership grew, a new building completed in 1897 served the congregation until a fire destroyed it in 1917. A brick church building fronted by Greek columns was completed in 1918. A larger worship center was constructed here in 1967. For several generations, the congregation has offered many religious, social, and educational ministries for its members and the community. The church also has provided leadership in local, state, and nationwide organizations; has established many missions and new churches; and has supported missionaries at home and abroad. Throughout its history, the First Baptist Church of Denton has been an integral part of the community. (1997)
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North Texas State Fair and Rodeo (12)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2011
Location: On fair grounds at 2217 North Carroll Boulevard, Denton.
Historical Narrative: North Texas State Fair and Rodeo Narrative (PDF)
Marker Text: The first recorded fair in the Denton area opened on October 15, 1885 as the Denton County Blooded Stock and Fair. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, area fairs continued to recognize local livestock and agricultural competitors. The North Texas State Fair, as it is known today, began as the Denton County Fair in 1928 and was officially chartered in 1930. That same year, the Denton County Fair Association arranged for new fairgrounds, a tract of about 13 acres of land on East Hickory Street. The fair continued to grow and prosper with livestock and agricultural entries and a variety of entertainment, parades, music, and social events. In 1942, the fair was cancelled due to World War II; it resumed in 1946. Dr. W.C. Kimbrough, a pioneer Denton physician, sold the association 22 acres of land in northeast Denton in 1948 for $5.00. The fair has been held at this location since 1949. During the late 1950s, several permanent buildings were erected on the fairgrounds. The oldest building, Fair Hall, was originally used at the World War II German prisoner of war camp site at Camp Howze outside of Gainesville but was moved to the site in the 1940s. The Denton County Agricultural Fair Association voted to change the name to the North Texas State Fair in 1958. By the late 1980s, the fair began to move beyond the local cowboy competition and brought the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo to the Fair. The rodeo and other activities held at the fair continue to showcase the area's farming legacy and draw thousands of spectators each year. This historic tradition symbolizes the economic impact and rich heritage of the ranching and farming community in rural Denton County.
175 years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
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Denton / Texas Woman's University and Area
legend - Denton / Texas Woman's University and Area
1. Texas Woman's University, University Gardens
2. Texas Woman's University, First Building
3. Pioneer Woman
4. St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church
5. Oakwood Cemetery
6. St. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
7. Cooper Creek Cemetery
8. Cooper Creek School
9. Cooper Creek Baptist Church
10. Gregory Road Bridge At Loop 288
11. Donald Road Bridge At Loop 288

University Gardens, Texas Woman's University (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1982
Location: near intersection of Bell Avenue and Chapel Road on campus of Texas Woman's University in front of Little Chapel in the Woods, Denton.
Marker Text: The original Rock Garden and native botanical area at this site was established in the 1930s by the Exterior Beautification Committee of Texas State College for Women, now Texas Woman's University. Members of the committee were Willie Isabella Birge, director of the Department of Biology, Fred Westcourt, director of the Department of Rural Arts and Mary Marshall, director of the Department of Art. The gardens were planned and landscaped to display a diverse collection of plants from Texas and other areas. Paths and retaining walls were constructed of native stone. The adjacent chapel in the woods was added in 1938. A focal point of the campus for many years, the gardens were neglected following World War II and they became overgrown. In the late 1970s, through a cooperative effort of university officials and local residents, the area was restored. The University Gardens are now a sanctuary for the preservation of native Texas wildflowers. The site serves as an educational laboratory for students, as a trail garden for plants used in campus landscaping and as a place of serenity and relaxation. (1982)
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The First Building of Texas Woman's University (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1974
Location: off Bell Avenue at College Street in front of Old Main Building in circular driveway on Texas Woman's University campus, Denton.
Marker Text: The Girls Industrial Institute and College of Texas was created in 1901. Fourteen cities offered sites. Denton was chosen February 5, 1902. The cornerstone of this building, the first on the campus, was laid on January 10, 1903. The architecture is neoclassical revival. Classes began on September 23, 1903, with 186 students and 14 faculty members. For years this was the only academic structure. Wings were added 1916. Used as administration building until 1956, this hall housed offices of presidents Cree T. Work, 1903-10; William B. Bizzell, 1910-14; Francis M. Bralley, 1914-24; Lindsey Blayney, 1925-26; Louis H. Hubbard, 1926-50; John A. Guinn, after 1950. By date this building was finished, "The Girls Industrial College" was official title of the school. Later (1905) it was renamed "The College of Industrial Arts"; "Texas State College for Women", 1934; "Texas Woman's University", 1957; and is the only university in the United States founded expressly for women. Enrollment on Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses exceeded 6500 in 1973. This structure, central to life of the institution, now houses archives and documents of its history. (1974) Incise on back: Sponsored by the Past President's Council of the Texas Woman's University Alumnae Association
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Pioneer Woman (3)

Type: Texas Centennial Marker, 1936
Location: campus of Texas Woman's University, Denton, corner of Oakland Drive and Pioneer Drive, Denton.
Marker Text: Marking a trail in a pathless wilderness, pressing forward with unswerving courage, she met each untried situation with a resourcefulness equal to the need. With a glad heart she brought to her frontier family her homeland's cultural heritage. With delicate spiritual sensitiveness she illumined the dullness of routine and the loneliness of isolation with beauty and with awareness of her value to civilization. Such was the pioneer woman, the unsung saint of the nation's immortals. Jessie H. Humphries
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St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1985
Location: 1107 East Oak Street, corner of Oak and Crawford Streets, Denton.
Marker Text: In 1875 a group of black pioneers from the White Rock Community in Dallas moved to Denton County and named their settlement Freedman Town. Worship services, prayer groups, and Bible meetings were held in private homes. A minister among them, the Rev. M. P. Lambert, served the settlers until the Rev. J. B. Goins came in 1876 to organize the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. There were eighteen charter members in the congregation. The fellowship has provided significant service and leadership to the community and is an important part of the religious heritage of Denton County. (1985)
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Oakwood Cemetery (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1982; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2000
Location: Between East Prairie and East Sycamore Streets, Denton.
Marker Text: 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 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. Other interments at this site include those of Jesse M. Blount, who helped plat the town of Denton and later served as county treasurer, county 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 prominent early leaders of the town and county. Two interesting graves are those of Andrew and George 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 who led in the development of the area. (1982)
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St. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2006
Location: 509 Lakey Street, Denton.
Marker Text: St. Emmanuel began as the Second Baptist Church of Quakertown, an African American community within present Denton that existed from the mid-1880s until 1922. That year, the city held a bond election to buy all the community property to convert to park land. The church's pastor at the time, the Rev. J.A. Ayers, was vocal about his opposition to the forced relocation and reportedly left town and the church because of threats. In 1923, the congregation moved from its location between Oakland Avenue and Sanders Street in Quakertown to Lakey Street. Throughout the church's history, members have been active in their support of community service and mission programs. (2006)
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Cooper Creek Cemetery (7)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2012
Location: from Loop 288 go east on US 380 0.4 miles to the intersection of US 380 and Cooper Creek Rd.; north on Cooper Creek 0.5 miles to the intersection of Cooper Creek and Fishtrap; cemetery is at corner of Fishtrap and Cooper Creek Roads. Denton
Marker Text: This burial ground is one of the last remaining remnants of a small rural community that dates back to before the Civil War. Settlers, including the Farris and Skaggs families, came to northeast Denton County in the 1860s. Like many rural areas, as the number of farms grew, the community found the need to establish a cemetery, school, and churches. A deed from 1878 evidences the establishment of the Cooper Creek Cemetery on this site. The graves in Cooper Creek Cemetery chronicle the history of the community. The earliest marked grave is of Richard Kale, who died February 9, 1872. Local residents, civic leaders and early settlers are buried in the cemetery. Cooper Creek School’s first trustees, James Farris, J.A. Templeton, and David Argo are buried here. The cemetery also includes veterans of war. David Payne, who served in the 29th Texas Cavalry during the Civil War, and Lieutenant L.H. Owen, and Air Medal and Oak Cluster recipient of World War II, are both honored here. Unlike many cemeteries, the Cooper Creek Cemetery is not segregated by race or religion. The graves of the Hispanic residents, such as Tiburcio Menchaca and the Villanueva family, lie close to their Anglo neighbors. Cooper Creek community has taken much pride in overseeing the cemetery for more than a hundred years. Residents have preserved important features of the cemetery, such as fencing and concrete curbing around family plots through decoration days and fund raisers. Today, the Cooper Creek Cemetery Association cares for and maintains the cemetery, which continues to serve area residents. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2011 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative Cooper Creek Cemetery (PDF)
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Cooper Creek School (8)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2012
Location: from Loop 288 go east on US 380 0.4 miles to the intersection of US 380 and Cooper Creek Rd.; north on Cooper Creek 0.5 miles to the intersection of Cooper Creek and Fishtrap; go straight on Fishtrap; school is on left, Denton.
Marker Text: Although the Cooper Creek Community was formally established in 1872, families began to settle the area before the Civil War. A land deed from that period set aside a portion of this property for the creation of a church, cemetery, and a school. In 1876, the Texas State Legislature established a county school system that allowed groups of citizens to organize for the creation of a community school. That year, the Cooper Creek School formally organized in Denton County and a one-room building on the site served 39 students. In 1919, the Cooper Creek Community approved a bond, to be used in addition to state funds, for the construction of a new school building on the site. The simple, hip-roofed, wooden structure had four large rooms with wood burning stoves and included outhouses, a well, a barn, sheds and a three-acre garden behind the building. Cooper Creek School served as a center for community congregation and its history is closely tied to the local churches. Over the years, church parishioners or preachers were trustees, teachers, and principals of the school. Residents attended plays, lectures on prohibition, home demonstration club meetings, and convened for church revivals in the building. During a smallpox epidemic in 1918, a local doctor helped stem the outbreak by treating the afflicted children at the schoolhouse. Although the Cooper Creek School closed in 1951, the building continued to be used by the Home Demonstration Club until 1977. The Cooper Creek Cemetery Association maintains the old school building today. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2012 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative Cooper Creek School Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Cooper Creek Baptist Church (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2012
Location: from Loop 288 go east on US 380 0.4 miles to intersection of US 380 and Cooper Creek Rd.; north on Cooper Creek 0.5 miles to the intersection of Cooper Creek and Fishtrap; go straight on Fishtrap; marker is at historic church on left, Denton.
Marker Text: As early as 1872 Baptists in the Cooper Creek Community met for church in a building located close to the current structure. In 1916, L.F. "Tom" Collins donated land to the church to build a new sanctuary, which was completed the following year. In 1961, the congregation added a new steeple and entrance, and expanded into smaller buildings as its membership grew. The current sanctuary was constructed in 2000 on the original site of the 1917 white frame church, which had been moved across Fishtrap Road, east of the schoolhouse. For more than a hundred years, the Cooper Creek Church has been a sanctuary for the community and its current membership includes descendants of the original settling families. (2012) Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Cooper Creek Baptist Church Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Gregory Road Bridge At Loop 288 (10)

Type: DCHC Marker
Location: 505 South Loop 288 in park at Denton County Administrative Complex, Denton.
Marker Text: Not available at this time.
Historical Narrative Gregory Road Bridge Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Donald Road Bridge At Loop 288 (11)

Type: DCHC Marker, 2012
Location: 505 South Loop 288 in park at Denton County Administrative Complex, Denton.
Marker Text: Not available at this time.
Historical Narrative: Donald Road Bridge Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Pilot Point , Aubrey, Green Valley & Area
 
legend - Pilot Point , Aubrey, Green Valley & Area
1. Green Valley Schools
2. First Christian Church of Aubrey
3. City of Pilot Point
4. Pilot Point Post-Signal
5. Pilot Point Church of Christ
6. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
7. County Line Baptist Church
8. Skinner Cemetery
9. Belew Cemetery
10. Aubrey First United Methodist Church

Green Valley Schools (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2001
Location: go 4 miles west of Aubrey on FM 428, then 0.25 miles north on FM 2153; school is on the right of FM 438, Aubrey area.
Marker Text: Fertile farmland and plentiful timber attracted settlers to this part of Denton County about 1870. The community that developed originally was called Toll Town because of two roads that intersected at this point. Schoolteacher Henry Clay Wilmoth suggested the name change to Green Valley. The post office opened in 1874, and there were several stores and a blacksmith shop in the community when the first recorded subscription school for Green Valley children began in a vacant farmhouse in 1878. Although the community lost a number of residents and businesses when the Texas and Pacific Railroad bypassed it in 1881, the Green Valley public school district was organized as District No. 20 in 1884. Local carpenters Sam Gross and James Mays built a one-room schoolhouse, in which Lutie Whayne was the first teacher. That building burned in 1894, and it was replaced that year at a site about one-half mile north of the first schoolhouse. Green Valley's third school, a new, four-room building, greeted students in 1919. In 1935 Green Valley School District offered only first through ninth grades, so students traveled to Denton to complete their education. By the time Green Valley School closed in 1949, with Florence Habern as the last teacher, it had provided fine academic and athletic opportunities for several generations of students in this rural area. The 1919 school building continues in use as a community center. (2001)
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First Christian Church of Aubrey (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2005
Location: 410 North Main Street, Aubrey.
Marker Text: Early Disciples of Christ in this area met as part of a Union Church in the Spring Hill Community, where several denominations held services under a brush arbor and in a local schoolhouse. In October 1894 the Disciples established this Christian Church in Aubrey under the leadership of elders R.C. Horn and E.B. Holmes. A frame sanctuary here served the church until a tornado destroyed it in 1918. Members soon rebuilt and continued their support of missions and benevolences in the process. An early commitment to area Bible schools meant dramatic growth for the young church and set the course for its history of worship service and outreach (2005)
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City of Pilot Point (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1978
Location: Town Square, Main and Washington Streets, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: Attracted by fertile land and abundant water and game, pioneers began to settle at this site near the edge of the Cross Timbers region in the late 1840s. The village, first known as Pilot's Point, was named for a high point of timber that served travelers as a landmark. Near an early immigrant trail, Pilot Point was also a stop on the Butterfield State Route. A townsite was platted in 1854 on land originally granted to Charles Smith. Dr. R. W. Edleman (1825-1904) of Missouri came here to launch a medical practice and open a drugstore. James D. Walcott ran the earliest general store and became the first postmaster in 1855. Alphius Knight, a settler from New York, built and conducted the first school in the town. Established by three local residents in 1872, Pilot Point Seminary was later renamed Franklin College and operated here for almost 30 years. In 1878 the town's first newspaper was published and in 1884 a bank opened. A marketing center for farmers and stock raisers, Pilot Point had a grist mill and a cotton gin. The arrival of two railroads, the Texas and Pacific and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, boosted the local economy in the 1880s. Agriculture and light industry form the base of the town's economy in the 1970s. (1978) Incise on back: Marker sponsored by Chamber of Commerce Researched by: Mavis Burton, Norma Cole, Clifton Irick, Judy Lewellen, Estelle Whitley
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Pilot Point Post-Signal (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1984
Location: 111 E. Main Street, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: First published as the "Pilot Point Post," this newspaper was established in 1878 by David J. Moffitt (1848-1917) and James T. Jones (1845-1915). In its early years, "The Post" supported the democratic party and local commerce and opposed the lawless element in town. Between 1888 and 1898 "The Post" merged with "The Mirror" and then with "The Signal" and has operated since then as the "Pilot Point Post-Signal". As Denton County's oldest continuing newspaper, "The Post-Signal" has played a significant role in bringing news to the community and surrounding areas. (1984)
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Pilot Point Church of Christ (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1981
Location: 426 South Jefferson Street, corner of Jefferson and White Streets, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: This congregation organized about 1865, twenty years after members of the Peters Colony began settling here. In 1874 the church deacons purchased land at this site from George W. and Alice B. Merchant. A one-room frame chapel was constructed here the following year under the supervision of A. W. Cooke. Additions to the structure were completed later. Active in the support of many programs, the church was also instrumental in the formation of a congregation in the nearby community of Aubrey (7 miles south) in 1959. (1981)
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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2007
Location: 925 N. Charcut Street, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church has provided for the spiritual needs of residents in this region since the late nineteenth century. Before that time, Catholics in the town of Pilot Point, organized in 1854, had no nearby place of worship. Early area Catholics, many of whom were of German origin, had to travel two days to attend services in Gainesville or Sherman. By the 1890s, the firm of Flusche Brothers and Sullivan recruited a number of German settlers to the town, increasing the need for a Catholic Church. Sixty-three residents and visitors gathered in 1891 for the first Mass given in the town. By 1892, parishioners raised funds to build a structure, and the Diocese of Dallas consecrated St. Thomas Aquinas Church on March 7, the feast day of St. Thomas. The following year, the church opened a school and secured land for a cemetery. In 1904, members built a larger sanctuary. The parish prospered until the economic depression of the 1930s. In 1936, however, the church once again began to grow under the leadership of Father Paul Charcut (1908-1968), who was actively involved in both church and civic affairs in Pilot Point. In the following years, St. Thomas Aquinas Church established significant programs to assist the less fortunate in the area through charitable contributions. Congregation members have also served as civic leaders, while others have entered into religious vocations or participated in the U.S. military during wartime. Today, the church continues in its historic role as a spiritual and community leader for the surrounding area. (2007)
Historical Narrative: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (PDF)
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County Line Baptist Church (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2007
Location: 512 East Walcott Street, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: This church, originally called the Colored Missionary Baptist Church, has served as a spiritual leader for African Americans in the area since 1863. Early members met under a brush arbor before building a chapel near the Cooke and Denton county line in 1874. In 1882, the church moved to Pilot Point. The County Line congregation has been active in the community and state through a variety of programs, including establishment of adult literacy classes, organized by Pauline Wilkerson Varner in 1939, and serving as the host for associational conventions. Today, County Line Baptist Church continues to serve a widespread area of northeast Denton County. (2007)
Historical Narrative: County Line Baptist Church (PDF)
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Skinner Cemetery (8)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1998. Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2012
Location: From Denton take US 380 east to US 377, exit, go north on US 377 to Debbie Lane, turn right. Cemetery is on left side of road, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: In the early days of Pilot Point, Lucinda (Glasscock) and Richard Skinner set aside a 2.44-acre piece of land to be used as a cemetery. The first recorded burial was that of 5-year-old Josiah Taylor in March of 1858; his father, Josiah Sr., died the following July. Predominantly of Anglo-Saxon Protestant descent, most of those buried here came from Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Many were farmers or ranchers. Significant graves include that of J. D. Merchant, Sr., a local businessman who built the first brick building in the area. Also here are several victims of yellow fever, including Prissie and Sarah Wilson, sisters who died within 2 months of one another during the epidemic of 1872 and 1873. Two people named James Graham, born on the same date two years apart, died on the same September day in 1867. Lucinda Skinner, the last charter member of the Pilot Point First Baptist Church, died in 1890. By 1900, there were probably 200 graves in the cemetery. The land was sold by John Skinner to the Skinner Cemetery Association in 1905; the last recorded burial was that of Joe Mylo Phipps, an infant who died in 1928. The Skinner Cemetery remains a vital link to the early settlers of the Pilot Point community. (1998)
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Belew Cemetery (9)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2012
Location: 3 miles north of Aubrey on US HWY 377; go west on Belew Road 0.1 mille; cemetery is located at 9500 Belew Road, Pilot Point.
Marker Text: Around 1856, Richard (Dick) Aaron Belew (1820-1900) and Mary Jane Belew (1822-1902), their five children and 39 other families came together by wagon from Tennessee to Denton County. They stopped on a hill in an area later known as the Belew Schoolhouse Settlement, part of the A.G. Stapp Survey north of Aubrey. A school soon opened in a log cabin at the site and was later used as a church. The cemetery was located in close proximity to the school. The first piece of land was purchased in October 1880 from Richard Aaron Belew by the citizens of the Belew Schoolhouse Community to be used as a public grave yard. Over 70 red sandstone rocks mark many of the early graves in this original 2.8 acres. By the early 1900s, the Belew Cemetery was established as the main burial ground for the Aubrey area. In 1902, a Ladies Cemetery Society was organized by Kate Hodges (1857-1906), Mary L. (Mollie) Henderson (1854-1919), Ola Price (1877-1955), Bettie Catlett (1855-1918), Mary Caddell (1854-1940) and Nora McIntosh (1872-1965) to raise funds for the care of the cemetery. To raise money for additional land, the Ladies Cemetery Society voted to hold a Thanksgiving dinner for the community. For 85 years, this fundraiser was a success and allowed the society, later renamed the Belew Cemetery Association, to purchase additional land in 1903 and for the construction of a house for the sexton in 1906 and a pavilion in 1910. Additional land was acquired in 1962 and 1983. The association’s first directors represented rural school districts in the surrounding area. Early settlers, association founders and veterans from the Civil War to the Gulf War are buried here. This historic cemetery continues to honor the area’s heritage and ancestors. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2011 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Belew Cemetery Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Aubrey First United Methodist Church (10)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2011
Location: 113 W. Plum Street, Aubrey.
Marker Text: In 1858, Dr. George T. Key and his family, originally from Missouri, moved to Denton County and settled near the present town of Aubrey. There they built log cabins, one of which was used for a school and church. The building, known as the Key School House was the home of one of the first Methodist Churches established in Denton County, later renamed Aubrey Methodist Church. For years, the congregation of the Aubrey Methodist Church met at the Key School and in members' homes under the guidance of Reverend F. V. Evans. In 1885, L. N. Edwards made an addition to the original town plat of Aubrey and offered a free lot to each church. The Aubrey Methodist Church accepted the lots on the corner of Plum and Maple Streets. Ed. F. Bates, a pioneer citizen of the county, donated funds to build a church building as church funds were extremely scarce. Construction on a wood-frame building was completed in 1886. On April 14, 1918, a devastating tornado swept through Aubrey and destroyed the church. A new one-story brick veneer building was completed in February 1919. The exquisite pre-Raphael style stained glass windows depict stories of the Christian faith and allow vibrant colors to fill the sanctuary. In 1968, the church was renamed Aubrey first United Methodist Church when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church combined. The church incorporated and built an adjacent fellowship hall in 1986. From meeting in a log cabin to enduring a cyclone, the Aubrey First United Methodist Church overcame many obstacles and continues to serve the community. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2011. Marker is Property of the State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Aubrey First United Methodist Church Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Little Elm, Oak Grove, Oak Point & Area
legend - Little Elm, Oak Grove, Oak Point & Area
1. Good Hope Cemetery
2. Oak Grove Methodist Church
3. William Edmund Bates
4. Button Memorial United Methodist Church
5. Community of Little Elm
6. Taylor Family Cemetery

Good Hope Cemetery (1)

Type: THC Sesquicentennial Marker, 1986
Location: 15 miles east of Denton, north of US 380, east at intersection of Good Hope and Prosper Roads between FM 1385 and Collin County line, Early Good Hope Settlement.
Marker Text: Attracted to the area by its fertile soil, good water supply, and abundant building materials, pioneers from Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, and Wisconsin settled here in the 1850s. Their colony, located on the Ben Rue Survey, was first known as the Rue Settlement. Members of the Rue family were probably the first to be buried on the acreage that now makes up this cemetery, but the earliest legible grave marker, that of John Phillips, is dated 1870. More than 80 burials took place in the 19th century, reflecting the hardship of pioneer life. The name Good Hope was taken after the Good Hope Baptist Church organized in 1875. The settlement also became known as Good Hope, although at times it has been called Parvin as well. In 1903, a cemetery association was formed to care for the graveyard. One year later Ben Rue (then a resident of Fannin County) formally transferred the four acres he had set aside for community purposes to the cemetery association. After area churches disbanded and the school closed in 1949, the community population declined. The Good Hope Cemetery thus stands as one of the few physical reminders of the early area pioneers and of the community that once thrived here. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
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Oak Grove Methodist Church (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1973
Location: on FM 720, just south of US 380, 10 miles east of Denton, Oak Grove Community.
Marker Text: Organized 1880, with worship services and Sunday school held under trees and a brush arbor. Structure built 1881, by A.B. Harris. Six-acre site, including nearby cemetery was donated by the Rev. William E. Bates (1812-83), retired circuit rider and minister. Building costs were supplied through members' and friends' donations, which included a horse. Men of the congregation hauled the lumber from the sawmills in East Texas. This church was the first in the community and has served five generations of residents. (1973)
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William Edmund Bates (3)

Type: THC Grave Marker, 1973
Location: Oak Grove Cemetery on FM 720, just south of US 380, 10 miles east of Denton, Oak Grove Community.
Marker Text: Born in Amherst County, VA.; licensed in Kentucky (1843) as a Methodist minister. Came to Texas 1851; settled in Denton County. He was appointed (1853) to 300-square-mile Dallas circuit, and traveled it once a month. Admitted 1854 to East Texas Conference, he founded churches at Montague, Pilot Point, Denton, Jacksboro, Gainesville. He was very influential in planting Methodism in North Texas. He married Susan Wright. They had ten children. Recorded - 1973
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Button Memorial United Methodist Church (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2006
Location: 101 East Eldorado Parkway, FM 720, Little Elm.
Marker Text: The Rev. William E. Bates, a native of Virginia, established the Methodist congregation at Little Elm in 1853. Members shared a meetinghouse with other denominations at John House Springs and in 1916 built their own facility. In the 1950s, the church moved to make way for construction of Lewisville Lake. In 1962, a descendant of early Little Elm settlers and church members George and Sarah Button donated funds for a new sanctuary; members renamed the church in honor of the Button family. Throughout its history, the church has been active in its community, offering a variety of services and programs to members and area residents. (2006)
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Community of Little Elm (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1975
Location: Beard Park, 300 East Eldorado Parkway, FM 720, Little Elm.
Marker Text: The Community of Little Elm is located on land that was part of the original Peters Colony Empresario Grant awarded by the Republic of Texas in 1841. Among the earliest colonists in this vicinity to receive land under the Peters Grant were John (d.1846) and Delilah (1806-1884) King, who moved from North Carolina in 1844 to settle a 640-acre tract about one mile southwest of this site. Their son, C.C. "Kit" King (1823-1880), helped organize the first mail service in this area about 1845. When Little Elm Post Office was established in 1852, he was appointed postmaster. Another pioneer resident, William Dickson, was the first elected judge of Denton County, 1848-1852. Named for a nearby creek, the Community of Little Elm was formed by the consolidation of several small settlements, including Lloyd, Hackberry, Dickson, and Hilltown. As it grew, the town acquired a school, churches, a cotton gin, grocery and drug stores. Further growth accompanied the development of recreational facilities following the creation of Lake Dallas in 1925-26 and Garza-Little Elm Reservoir (now known as Lake Lewisville) in the mid-1950s. Construction of the reservoir prompted relocation of many historic structures, roads, and cemeteries that were threatened by rising water. However, the community's proximity to Lake Lewisville and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, along with population migration from nearby large cities, caused Little Elm to grow instead of falter, and the town was officially incorporated in 1966. (1976, 2010) (Marker was stolen and replaced in 2010 by Town of Little Elm) Marker is Property of State of Texas
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Taylor Family Cemetery (6)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2001
Location: from Denton, take US 380 east to Naylor Road, go south 2.1 miles to Emerald Sound, turn right on Emerald Sound, go .5 miles to Alexandrite Drive, turn right on Alexandrite Drive go .3 mile. Cemetery is located next to Alexandrite Park, Oak Point.
Marker Text: Taylor Family Cemetery
SSamuel L. (1806-1877) and Martha (1811-1875) Taylor, their sons Moses (1846-1875), Richard (1842-1922) and Benjamin (1836-1908), with his family, were among the earliest settlers in this area known as Sand Town. They arrived here from North Carolina in 1859 with slaves Kijeah, Matilda and James, and accompanied by friends William (1803-1883) and Beulah (1810-1870) Lunn and son, E.S. (1848-1874). The Taylors prospered as farmers and livestock breeders; the tale is still told of the "race mare" sold by Moses to outlaw Sam Bass. Not all graves are marked, but the remaining stones chronicle the lives of these pioneers of the Little Elm area.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2001/td>
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  Section of County: Southeast

Old Alton, Copper Canyon & Area
legend - Old Alton, Copper Canyon & Area
1. Rector Road Bridge at Guyer High School
2. Annie Webb Blanton of Denton County
3. Old Alton Bridge
4. Chinn's Chapel Cemetery
5. Chinn's Chapel Methodist Church
6. Old Alton Cemetery

Rector Road Bridge - Guyer High School (1)

Type: DCHC Marker, 2004; Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 2004
Location: 7501 Teasley Lane, on the campus of Guyer High School, Denton.
Marker Text: This iron bridge, named to the National Register of Historic Places in January 2004, was built in 1907-08 by the Austin Bros. Bridge Co. of Dallas. It was located 2.5 miles SE of Sanger on Rector Road at Clear Creek. Citizens of the Sanger area donated $1,200 on the cost of $1,664. The Pratt through-truss bridge span is 80 feet. It was relocated to this site in April 2005.
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Annie Webb Blanton of Denton County (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker 2011
Location: Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, 9501 Stacee Lane, Argyle.
Marker Text: Annie Webb Blanton, born Aug. 19, 1870 in Houston to Thomas Lindsey and Eugenia Webb Blanton, began her teaching career at Pine Springs School (Fayette Co.) at age 17. She then taught for a few years in Austin, where she graduated from the University of Texas. In 1901, Blanton began her 17-year teaching career as an associate professor at North Texas State Normal College (now University of North Texas) where she promoted gender unity, published grammar exercise books which were used across the country, and assisted in numerous school activities. Blanton is remembered for becoming the first woman president of the Texas State Teachers Association in 1916 and the first woman elected to a state office as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1918. In 1921, Denton County honored Blanton for contributions in education when it named the county's consolidated Hawk and Chinn's Chapel schools the Annie Blanton School District. In 1922, after serving a second term as State Superintendent, she ran as a democratic candidate for Representative of the Thirteenth Congressional District but came in third. She earned a master's degree in 1923, followed by a doctorate in 1927, and was made an associate professor of school administration and chair of the Rural Education Department at the University of Texas. In 1933, Blanton was promoted to a full professor. In addition, she is noted for being a member of numerous professional organizations and for helping found the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in 1929. Blanton died Oct. 2, 1945 and continues to be recognized for her leadership, commitment to education and numerous achievements in offices that had never before been held by women. 175 Years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Annie Webb Blanton Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Old Alton Bridge (3)

Type: Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1988, THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2010
Location: from I-35E. in Denton, exit at Teasley Lane (FM 2181) going south approx. 5.2 miles, eventually passing Guyer High School and Old Alton Cemetery, turn right at traffic light onto Old Alton Road and take 2nd left prior to new bridge into parking lot of Old Alton Bridge and Park, Denton.
Marker Text: Completed in 1884 to span the Trinity River tributary of Hickory Creek, this bridge was built as an important link between the two economic centers of Dallas and Denton. The bridge was one of eight authorized for construction by the Denton County Commissioners Court in 1882. The span was constructed near the small town of Alton, which had served as the county seat from 1851 until 1857, with the hopes that the bridge would bring life to the declining community. However, Alton never regained its viability and the community gradually disappeared. Records show that the bridge was constructed from a kit provided by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, which was a major supplier of bridges throughout Texas and North America. The bridge is approximately 145 feet in length and consists of a main span and two secondary spans. The main span is an iron, six panel Pratt through truss and is 108 feet long. A latticed guardrail runs the length of the main span, and the bridge's deck is fourteen feet in width. The structure saw heavy horse-drawn and then vehicular traffic for more than 100 years, until construction of a new concrete bridge adjacent to the iron bridge was completed in 2001 and the Old Alton Bridge was closed. Denton County citizens encouraged the retention of the bridge and the structure has been restored and incorporated into a series of parks and horse and hiking trails, ensuring that it will continue to be used, while serving as a reminder of Denton County's transportation history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 2010,
Marker is property of the State of Texas
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Chinn's Chapel Cemetery (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1996; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2001
Location: 1-35 E, exit FM 407/Justin Road, go west about 3 miles on FM 407/Justin Road then about one mile north on Chinn Chapel Road, Copper Canyon.
Marker Text: Elisha and Mary Stowe Chinn purchased this site in 1853 and donated 10 acres atop the hill north of Lockhart Spring. As deaths occurred among the early settlers to this area, services were held in the log cabin chapel, and graves were placed nearby. Travel to the cemetery was difficult, especially for those living outside the community. The wagon trail through the valley connected Denton with Lewisville, but a westerly road leading to the nearby commercial center at Waketon was needed. In 1885 a road connecting Chinn's Chapel community to Waketon was built, incorporating the old wagon trail. It was named Chinn Chapel Road. This cemetery features a variety of grave markers. Among the oldest markers are those of limestone, while other early graves were marked simply with rocks. Often a larger stone was placed at the head and a smaller one at the foot of the grave. Some family plots display mounds of earth outlined with shells, a folk tradition brought to America by African slaves. Many tombstones are carved from native sandstone, while later monuments display ornate decorations, such as columns, urns, pediments and round-topped finials. This cemetery continues to serve the community. (1996)
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Chinn's Chapel Methodist Church (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1996
Location: 1-35 E, exit FM 407/Justin Road, go west about 3 miles on FM 407/Justin Road, go north about one mile on Chinn Chapel Road, Copper Canyon.
Marker Text: This church began as a nondenominational congregation organized by pioneer settlers of the Peters Colony in 1846. Itinerant preachers were invited to hold services in a log church/school building located about one quarter mile northwest of here. The log chapel was on 10 acres called Antioch donated by North Carolina immigrants Mary Stowe Chinn (1808-1871) and Elisha Chinn (1802-1876) for church and cemetery purposes. The church was admitted to the North Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1872, as Chinn's Chapel Methodist Church. Sunday School classes began that year. In 1877 the church purchased 4 acres here at the site of freshwater springs and early camp meetings. A sanctuary was erected and a tabernacle built for summer revivals. The property also included a combination Woodmen of the World Lodge Hall/public school from 1884 to 1921. Chinn's Chapel served as the main gathering place for the area. Though membership declined sharply after World War II, the church endured. Through denominational merger it became Chinn's Chapel United Methodist Church in 1968. Local efforts to revive the institution began in the late 1980s, and an active membership was reestablished. The building was renovated in 1996. (1996)
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Old Alton Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2002; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2002
Location: 55720 Teasley Lane, Denton.
Marker Text: With burials dating to 1852, this graveyard is associated with some of the earliest settlement in Denton County. In that year, Rebecca Daugherty, daughter of one of the pioneer families, died and was buried on family property. Over time, burials of neighbors and relatives continued on the site, and in 1909 the land was donated and dedicated as a private cemetery. Alton was the county seat of Denton County from 1851 until 1856. Located on Hickory Creek, the community flourished with stores, a hotel, post office, school and other businesses. Nearby is the Hickory Creek Baptist Church, organized in the Alton community in 1855. When the county seat was moved to Denton in 1856, Alton began to decline, but many families continued to bury their dead in this cemetery. The graveyard contains more than 600 burials, including 20 graves that are unmarked and 55 burials that are marked only with rocks or sandstone. Pioneers, veterans and others with ties to the old Alton community rest here. The Old Alton Memorial Cemetery Association cares for the graves and gathers annually in the spring for Decoration Day. As the area becomes more urban, the Old Alton Cemetery stands as a reminder of the region's rural past. (2002)
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Lake Dallas, Corinth, Shady Shores & Area
legend - Lake Dallas, Corinth, Shady Shores & Area
1. Corinth Shiloh Cemetery
2. Swisher Cemetery

Corinth Shiloh Cemetery (1)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2003
Location: 6 miles south of Denton, I mile east of IH-35 at intersection of Shady Shores Road and Swisher Road, Corinth.
Marker Text: Physician and lay preacher Thomas A. Ball and his wife, Nancy (Yeats), came to Denton County from Missouri soon after the Civil War ended in 1865. They settled with their family on land that would become the community of Corinth. The Ball family donated land already in use as a graveyard to the Primitive Baptist Church at Shiloh. The first marked grave is that of William Garrison (d. 1870). In 1880, the Wichita & Dallas Railway named the settlement Corinth. An additional land donation in 1953 enlarged the cemetery to 2.5 acres. The community called the burial ground Shiloh Cemetery for many years until a cemetery association formed in 1959 and members adopted the name Corinth Shiloh Cemetery. Features of the early cemetery include native sandstone markers and decorative mussel shells harvested from nearby creeks. Today, Corinth Shiloh Cemetery chronicles the history of area settlers. Descendants and friends reunite for annual decoration days to clean and decorate the graves of those buried here.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2003
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Swisher Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2001
Location: 603 N. Shady Shores Road, Lake Dallas.
Marker Text: Reflecting the earliest years of Anglo settlement in this part of north central Texas, the Swisher Cemetery began on land granted to H. H. Swisher for his service in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico. The oldest burial in the cemetery, that of Francis Long, dates to 1867. When H. H. Swisher's son, Capt. A. P. Swisher (1829-1920), inherited the property from his father, he formally donated some of his land for use as a cemetery by the families of the community then known as the French Settlement. Swisher's wife, Virginia, died in 1899 and was the first member of the family buried in the Swisher plot. After the railroad came through this area, the community's name was changed to Garza in 1881 and then to Lake Dallas in 1926 upon construction of the dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity that created the lake by the same name. Swisher Cemetery's use over time has expanded to serve residents of many of the neighboring lake communities. The burial ground contains the graves of numerous veterans who served in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Over the years, additional land was purchased for the cemetery, which contains more than 1,100 graves. For many years, Garza community residents took care of the cemetery. From 1948 until 1998, the Lake Dallas Birthday Club maintained the graveyard. The Swisher Cemetery Association currently cares for the historic burial ground. (2001)
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Lewisville & Area
legend - Lewisville & Area
1. Lewisville Prehistoric Site
2. McCurley Cemetery
3. Old Hall Cemetery
4. The Peters Colony
5. Milliken House
6. Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church
7. Smith Cemetery
8. Ritter Cemetery
9. Texas International Pop Festival

Lewisville Prehistoric Site (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1980
Location: on Sailboat Point off Trotline Road, near the dam, in Lewisville Lake Park, off Lake Park Road, Lewisville.
Marker Text: During the construction of Lewisville Dam in 1950, a number of aboriginal artifacts were unearthed; archeologists conducted several excavations (1952-57) before the waters of Garza-Little Elm Reservoir covered the site. The excavations revealed 21 hearths, vegetable matter, animal bone fragments and lignite (coal) which was used for fuel. Scientific radiocarbon dating techniques indicate the organic material is approximately 12,000 years old. The Lewisville discoveries are similar in age and content to findings at the Clovis site in New Mexico. (1980)
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McCurley Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1984
Location: 1400 block of McGee Lane at intersection with Colgate Drive, Lewisville.
Marker Text: The McCurley family of Illinois settled in Denton County in 1852. George Collins McCurley set aside land for a burial ground, church, and school. A traveling stranger may have been the first burial, but George's brother, Abraham, who died in 1871, was the first family member buried at the site. The first marked graves date from 1877, when the plot began to be used by neighbors. In 1951 the 106 graves which then comprised the cemetery had to be relocated because of the construction of Lewisville Lake. They were moved here, adjoining Old Hall Cemetery, burial place of George C. McCurley. (1984)
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Old Hall Cemetery (3)

Type: THC Texas Sesquicentennial Marker, 1986
Location: 1400 block at McGee Lane at intersection with Quaker Lane, Lewisville.
Marker Text: In the 1840's the Republic of Texas government granted colonization contracts to people who would advertise and bring new settlers to Texas. The Peters Colony, led by W. S. Peters, was located in North Texas and included the area later known as Denton County. In 1844 families began arriving in this area, including those of John and James Holford of Missouri. The place where the Holford families settled, on the prairie west of Big Spring Creek (Big Elm), became known as Holford Prairie. By 1855 a two-story building was constructed for use as a community meeting place. Referred to as Holford Prairie Hall, it housed a Masonic Lodge on the second floor, and the first floor was used for school and church purposes. This cemetery, situated next to the lodge building, became known as Old Hall Cemetery. The earliest graves date to the 1850s and include many infants and children. According to local oral tradition, the first burial may have been that of a man who died as his family was traveling through the area. The cemetery contains over one hundred twenty-five burials from the nineteenth century. A cemetery association, organized in 1972, maintains the historic graveyard. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
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The Peters Colony (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1970
Location: 1197 West Main Street (FM117I) in front of Municipal Annex, Lewisville.
Marker Text: (within area encompassed by) A reservation of land made under an Empresario contract by the Republic of Texas, 1841. Its purpose was to introduce colonists into this area. Under the first of four contracts, W. S. Peters and 19 partners agreed to introduce 600 families in three years, to furnish each with seed, shot, and a cabin, and also to survey the land. Each family was to receive 640 acres of land free and each single man, 320 acres. Of this, the company could take half for its services. Three later contracts altered terms somewhat, and although the land company underwent several internal upheavals, by 1848 there were approximately 1,800 colonists and their families in the area. Resentment over the company's share of land climaxed in 1852 when settlers drove out the unpopular agent, Henry O. Hedgcoxe, in the so-called "Hedgcoxe War." Because of its success in opening a large area of the frontier and its later effect on Texas land and immigration policy, the law establishing this colony was one of the most important in the Republic. In spite of unusual tumult and hardship, the final Peters Colony area today extends over five counties and encompasses one-fourth of the state's population, including its largest combined metropolitan area. (1970)
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Milliken House (5)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1969
Location: 231 West Walters Street, Lewisville.
Marker Text: Built by William Dickerson Milliken, born in Paducah, Ky., Nov. 1, 1848; married Margaret Crockett Young. Children: W. D., Jr.; Samuel Ramsey, M.D.; Thomas Gillespie; Martin Horace; Maggie Bell (Mrs. Edens); Charles Young; Elizabeth Angelina; John Barnes. After going into mercantile business in Lewisville in 1877, Milliken built this house, 1878. Framing is native oak. Siding was freighted from Port City of Jefferson, in East Texas.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1969  
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Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2000
Location: 615 Hembry Street, Lewisville.
Marker Text: Anthony Hembry and six charter members, all former slaves, organized Lewisville Colored Methodist Episcopal (C. M. E.) Church in 1882. Lewisville had the largest African American population in Denton County and this church, called Lane Chapel after 1902 for Bishop Isaac Lane, was a significant social center. Other C. M. E. churches formed with the encouragement of this congregation. As rural Americans migrated to larger cities in the 1920s-1940s, the black population of Lewisville diminished and church membership dwindled. The church survived the late 20th century through donations and funds from other C. M. E. churches and the devotion of Lane Chapel members. A strong ministry in the 1990s led to a revival for Lane Chapel, and by the beginning of the 21st century membership had increased. (2000)
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Smith Cemetery (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2001
Location: 328 Smith Road, Lewisville
Marker Text: This area of Denton County was known as Holford's Prairie in the mid-19th century, named for brothers John and James Halford (Holford), pioneer settlers who obtained 640 acres of land as members of the Peters Colony. Basdeal W. Lewis platted the town of Lewisville in 1853. Thomas Morgan (1814-1887) and Elizabeth A. (1815-1883) Smith purchased 318 acres of land here in 1859. They sold two and one-half acres of their farmland to the Lewisville Masonic Lodge in 1881 for the establishment of a community cemetery. The site had been used as a burial ground since 1862, when the Smiths' 20-year-old son, James J. Smith, died and was buried on the family farm. His is the earliest marked grave in the Smith Cemetery. Among the pioneer Denton County family names that can be seen on gravestones here are Herod, Sherrill, Clayton, Skillern, Cobb, Jenkins, Temple, Bourland, Hamilton, Fenlaw, Oliver and Fox. John Moore (1834-1922) and Ann Eliza (1849-1923) Fox had the sad task of burying six children here between 1863 and 1882, a testament to the often harsh conditions of pioneer life. Local oral history records suggest that some of the unmarked graves in the Smith Cemetery are those of former slaves of the Julius Kane Fox family. The Smith Cemetery Association, organized in 1950 to maintain the historic graveyard, purchased the site from the Masonic lodge in 1972. Currently containing more than 400 marked graves and an unknown number of unmarked ones, the cemetery remains in use by the community and by descendants of the pioneer families interred here. (2001)
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Ritter Cemetery (8)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery, 2001
Location: Enter Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area at corner of Jones and Kealy Streets. Get a pass and go through gate at dam outlet. Follow road until pavement runs out. Turn right on Fish Hatchery Road and right again to the cemetery, Lewisville.
Marker Text: Ritter Cemetery
Established ca. 1860
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2001
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Texas International Pop Festival (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2010
Location: 900 block of Lakeside Circle, Denton County Transportation Authority's Hebron Station, Lewisville.
Marker Text: The Texas International Pop Festival took place near this site during Labor Day weekend, 1969. It was held two weeks after the Woodstock Music and Art Fair introduced much of Mainstream America to the "Hippie" culture by way of news reports of the chaos that occurred there in part due to rainy weather and lax security. The Texas festival brought as many as 150,000 hippies, bikers and music lovers to Lewisville, which at the time had a population of approximately 9,000 citizens. The Dallas International Motor Speedway, situated along Interstate Highway 35 south of town was chosen as the location for the event. Twenty-five musical acts representing the genres of soul, blues and rock and roll performed during the three days of the festival. Acts included Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago Transit Authority, Herbie Mann and a relatively unknown United Kingdom Band called Led Zepplin. On the north side of Lewisville, a public campground situated on the shores of Lewisville Lake served the thousands of festival attendees. A small "Free Stage" was constructed at the campground and local bands were brought in to perform for the campers. The skinny-dipping in Lake Lewisville that resulted from the lack of shower facilities and the late summer heat drew much attention. Many locals demanded that the festival be shut down because of the threat of violence and unsavory activity, but there were no acts of violence reported at the festival. However, area citizens were introduced to a culture that had previously been foreign to them and many who attended look back on the festival as a life-changing event. (2010), Marker is Property of the State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Texas International Pop Festival Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Carrollton, Hebron, The Colony & Area
legend - Carrollton, Hebron, The Colony & Area
1. Hedgcoxe War
2. Bridges Cemetery
3. First Baptist Church of Hebron
4. Furneaux Cemetery

Hedgcoxe War (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1975
Location: southeast corner of Blair Oaks and South Colony Drive, The Colony.
Marker Text: Distribution of land in the Peters Colony of North Texas triggered a dispute known as the Hedgcoxe War. The Texas Emigration and Land Co. organized the colony under an 1841 Republic of Texas law which allowed it to keep one-half of a settler's grant. After protests, this right was repealed, but in Feb. 1852 the company was compensated with 1,088,000 acres of vacant land within the colony. This action angered settlers and speculators with land certificates, who feared that the large grant would lower land values. At that time, the company's unpopular agent, English-born Henry O. Hedgcoxe, operated a land office on nearby Office Creek. On July 12 and 13, 1852, a group of Dallas men broke in and examined the land records. They reported to a meeting in Dallas on July 15 that the company was defrauding the colonists. John J. Good (1827-82), later mayor of Dallas, then led a band of armed men to Hedgcoxe's office. Hedgcoxe escaped, but most of his files were seized and the office burned. After the raid, tensions quickly cooled. The law was amended so that settlers obtained their grants from the state rather than from the company agent. The company kept its land grant, however, and Hedgcoxe returned to help survey the tract. (1975)
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Bridges Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Sesquicentennial Marker, 1986
Location: drive north on HWY 121 Business from IH-35. Turn north (left) on Paige/Plano Parkway (in the Colony), then right on Memorial Drive and left on Morning Star; cemetery is on left side of road on the corner of Morning Star and Chesapeake Drive, The Colony.
Marker Text: Bridges settlement, named for the W. A. Bridges family and reportedly the oldest in Denton county, began in 1843 and was a center of activity of the Peters Colony. This cemetery, on land granted to Bridges in 1850, dates to 1855, although illegible stones may be slightly older. Site of the burials of the Bridges and other early immigrant families, stones here document graves of many children and Civil War soldiers. Deeded to the county by F. M. and Sallie Bridges in 1889, the cemetery contains over one hundred sandstone and granite markers. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
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First Baptist Church of Hebron (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1984
Location: corner of FM 544 and Hebron Parkway in Hebron, 10 miles east of Lewisville.
Marker Text: Organized in 1883 at the Willow Springs School, this congregation was known as Big Valley Baptist Church during the early years of its existence. A Sunday School, Willow Springs Union Sabbath School, was begun in 1886. E. C. Bramblett served as the first pastor. He was replaced by the Rev. John Turner, who was succeeded after one year by the Rev. R. G. M. Eiland. During Eiland's pastorate, toward the latter part of the nineteenth century, the congregation and Sunday School united with a nearby fellowship to become the Cemetery Hill Church and Union Sabbath School. In the early 1900s, during the pastorate of the Rev. D. B. Allen, the congregation relocated to the new town of Hebron and adopted the name Hebron Baptist Church. Their first sanctuary was completed in 1920. Over the years the fellowship has been active in missionary work and has produced several ministers from its membership. Now known as First Baptist Church, Hebron, the historic congregation has contributed much to the heritage of the area and has provided significant service and leadership to the residents of this part of Denton County. (1984)
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Furneaux Cemetery (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1984
Location: on Cemetery Hill Road, 1/2 block south from its intersection with Rosemead Parkway, Carrollton.
Marker Text: William Furneaux, a native of England, came to Texas in 1857 and married Fanny Jackson (d. 1917), whose family had come to Texas in 1848 as part of the Peters Colony. This cemetery was established in 1884, when Furneaux died and was buried on a section of his farm he had indicated should become a public graveyard. Seven-year-old Peter Husky died soon after and was buried near Furneaux. Although three graves bear earlier dates, they were moved here from other cemeteries. With establishment of the cemetery, Peter Husky's father, William, donated part of his land for use as a church site. A public meeting was then held to discuss plans for laying out plots and building a sanctuary. A cemetery association was chartered in 1888, and the graveyard officially became known as Furneaux Cemetery. Charter directors chosen were Joseph Morgan, W. R. Dudley, John Jackson, V. S. Dudley, and J. H. Furneaux. Originally surrounded by extensive farmland, the church and cemetery sites became known as Cemetery Hill. When a 1924 tornado destroyed the frame church building, the cemetery association acquired the land. The Furneaux Cemetery is the burial place for many area pioneers and their descendants. (1984)
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Flower Mound & Area
legend - Flower Mound & Area
1. Bethel Community
2. McCombs Cemetery
3. Flower Mound
4. Flower Mound Presbyterian Church
5. Flower Mound Cemetery

Bethel Community (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1990
Location: 2100 Kirkpatrick Lane just east of its intersection with Morris Road in Flower Mound in front of Bethel Chapel, Flower Mound.
Marker Text: Settlement of this area began in the 1850s. Among the pioneer families were those of Samuel K. Smith, Anderson Nowlin, William Crawford, and Sam Lusk. As family farms were established, a loosely organized rural community was formed. By the 1870s more people had moved to the area, including the F. M. Frie family. The Frie and Nowlin families both set aside land for school and church purposes. A one-room schoolhouse built on the Nowlin land about 1871 became known as Frie School. It also served as a Union church and community center. A church building was erected on Frie land in 1882. After Bethel Presbyterian Church was organized in 1883, the school and community took the Bethel name At its height in the early 20th century, Bethel community included about one hundred families. After it was bypassed by the railroad in 1875, Bethel began to decline in favor of Lewisville. The Bethel School consolidated with the Lewisville School system in 1940, and the area once encompassed by farms of the Bethel Community eventually became parts of several towns, including Flower Mound, Lewisville, Highland Village, and Copper Canyon. (1990)
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McCombs Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1997
Location: on Wager Road, south of intersection of Wager Road and St. Gallen Lane, Flower Mound.
Marker Text: The history of this small community cemetery dates to the 1850s, before Denton was selected as county seat. The site contains graves of early pioneers of the Lewisville-Flower Mound area. Settlers included Nehemiah Wade Boyd (1823-1856), his wife Susan McCombs Boyd (1824-1917), their six children, family matriarch Mary Nowlin McCombs (1803-1867), and members of Nowlin, Sigler and Rivers families who arrived in 1855 from Tennessee. Nehemiah Boyd died suddenly of pneumonia after being chilled by a blue norther while building a log cabin for his family, and was buried on land donated by his brother-in-law, John Mathis McCombs. Susan Boyd later gave birth to their seventh child and first Texan, George Taylor Boyd (1856-1933). Although Nehemiah Boyd's burial was long believed to be the first, archeological evidence suggests as many as 100 individuals may have been buried here and that the site was a community cemetery in use between the 1850s and 1890s. Typically graves were marked with native sandstone or brick. Boyd descendants formed the McCombs Cemetery Association in 1990 to protect the burial site from encroaching development. (1997)
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Flower Mound (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1984
Location: on Flower Mound Road (FM 3040) just east of intersection with Long Prairie Road (FM 2499) attached to stone wall, Flower Mound.
Marker Text: Settlers of the Peters Colony named this smooth, dome-shaped hill for the abundant wild flowers that grow on it. Rising fifty feet above the surrounding prairie, Flower Mound, long has been a point of interest in the area. According to local legends, no structure was ever constructed on top of the mound, nor has any tree grown here. Before W. S. Peters began bringing settlers to the land issued him by the Republic of Texas Congress, Wichita Indians inhabited the area. During the 1840s, Peters colonists began moving to the prairie in search of good farmland. In 1844, John R. Wizwell was granted 640 acres of land that included the mound. His widow, Edy, later remarried and sold this land to George L. Beavers. Flower Mound remained in the Beavers family well into the twentieth century. Although the hill has remained in private ownership, it historically has been identified with the community that grew up around it. Flower Mound Presbyterian Church was the first to officially use the name in 1854. Once a sprawling agricultural community, Flower Mound has begun to expand with the urban growth of nearby Dallas and Fort Worth, leaving this formation as a historic reminder of its pioneer days. (1984)
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Flower Mound Presbyterian Church (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1967
Location: 1501 Flower Mound Road, (FM 3040), next to Flower Mound Cemetery, Flower Mound.
Marker Text: First Presbyterian Church in county. Organized 1854 by the Rev. Matthew B. Donald, who is buried in church cemetery. Worship was in homes before a log church was built, 1857-58. A frame building erected later; present one built 1901. (1967)
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Flower Mound Cemetery (5)

Type: THC Historic Texas Cemetery, 2003
Location: 1501 Flower Mound Road (FM 3040), Flower Mound.
Marker Text: Matthew and Isabella Doyle (Douglass) Donald arrived in Denton County, Texas in 1854. That year, Matthew, a successful farmer, set aside 10 acres for a cemetery, campground and the Flower Mound Presbyterian Church. He served as the first Pastor of the church, to which he formally deeded the land in 1879. The cemetery was used soon after it was established. The first burial was reportedly that of a girl who died at a church camp meeting. The earliest marked burial is that of Ola Hall (d. 1873). The earliest birth date on a2 marker is that of Anderson Spinks (b. 1808). Early Flower Mound families initially had plots. The Donald plot includes burials of the cemetery's founder and his brother, Robert Henderson Donald, who served as church deacon and state legislator. Other families include the Simmons, Bakers and Crawfords. In 1950, the Dyer Family Cemetery was relocated to Flower Mound, due to the building of Lake Grapevine. The Flower Mound Cemetery Association, along with the church, holds an annual decoration day and worship service. The burial ground remains a link to the generations of residents who contributed to Flower Mound's rich history.
Historic Texas cemetery - 2003
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  Section of County: Southwest


Roanoke, Trophy Club & Area

legend - Roanoke, Trophy Club & Area
1. Elizabeth Cemetery
2. Roanoke Lodge No. 668, A.F. & A.M.
3. Silver Spur Saloon
4. Old Continental State Bank
5. Roanoke Water Tower
6. Roanoke
7. Roanoke I.O.O.F. Cemetery
8. Medlin Cemetery

Elizabeth Cemetery (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1978
Location: from from Denton go south on 1-35W, exit SH 114 going east under IH-35W, turn right at Raceway Drive (first road past service station complex on NE corner of SH 114), follow Raceway Drive one mile until it dead ends at Cemetery Road, turn left and proceed less than 1/4 mile, turn left at sign to cemetery, which says private road, cemetery access only. Roanoke.
Marker Text: Elizabeth town, settled between 1860 and 1862, became a trade center with businesses, churches, a school and a Masonic lodge. Family tradition says William Perry Harmonson (1836-1907) donated land for the 1.5-acre community graveyard upon the death of his mother Anna (1796-1867). The town began to decline in 1881 after being bypassed by the Texas and Pacific Railroad. In 1949 former school lands were used to enlarge the cemetery to two acres. Still in use, this burial ground contains almost 400 graves and is all that remains of the once thriving village. (1978)
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Roanoke Lodge No. 668, A.F. & A.M. (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1990
Location: corner of Oak and Austin Streets, Roanoke.
Marker Text: Chartered in 1888, Roanoke Lodge No. 668 replaced the W. C. Young Masonic Lodge, which had been meeting in nearby Elizabethtown. Members of the Roanoke Lodge met in a variety of rented quarters until 1908, when they built a two-story frame lodge hall. While the first floor of the building was made available to a number of community groups, the second floor was reserved solely for Masonic use. Throughout its history, the Roanoke Lodge has been an active force in educational, civic, and charitable endeavors. (1990)
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Silver Spur Saloon (3)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 2009
Location: 114 North Oak Street, Roanoke.
Marker Text: Swedish stone Mason Lawrence Olson constructed this building for brothers R. M. And B. S. Snead in 1886, who built it to house the Silver Spur Saloon. The building was sold upon R. M. Snead's death in 1911 and later served as a hardware store and grocery. The two-story building is the oldest extant commercial building in the community, with a main facade of cut sandstone quarried from local ranch land, arched windows and keystones, a belt course and corbels of limestone, and side and rear load-bearing walls composed of rubble stone. Metal threshold plates are inscribed with the Snead brothers' names.
Recorded Texas historic landmark - 2009 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Silver Spur Saloon Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Old Continental State Bank (4)

Type: Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, 1986
Location: 109 North Oak Street, Roanoke.
Marker Text: Entered in the National Register of Historic Places, 1986.
Historical Narrative: Old Continental State Bank (PDF)
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Roanoke Water Tower (5)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, 2010
Marker Text: Built during the great depression, the Roanoke Water Tower was the town's primary water source. Hugh W. Jenkins, Roanoke's first mayor, advocated for a well and water system to help the newly-incorporated community grow. In 1934, he consolidated Roanoke's water system under the city and applied for Public Works Administration funding, which was granted and used for the tower's 1936 construction. Approximately 150 feet tall, the tower contains a 100,000 gallon capacity steel tank and stands on four steel legs. Though no longer in use, the tower was a vital part of Roanoke's growth and remains a local landmark.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010, Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Location: 104 South Oak Street in Heritage Place, Roanoke.
Historical Narrative: Roanoke Water Tower Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Roanoke (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2008
Location: 108 South Oak Street in Heritage Place, Roanoke.
Marker Text: In 1881, the Texas & Pacific railroad came through here and established this community, named by a railroad surveyor from Roanoke, Virginia. Settlers lived in the area before the town was platted, arriving as early as 1847. Many of these residents relocated to Roanoke from nearby communities such as Garden Valley (originally Medlin settlement) and Elizabethtown. Situated halfway between Fort Worth and Denton, Roanoke served as a shipping hub for ranching and agriculture. There were a number of large ranches in the area, and the railroad allowed ranchers to ship cattle profitably to markets in the north .Roanoke's stock pens held the cattle before they were shipped. Area farmers, many of whom had previously practiced subsistence farming, also made use of the railroad. Wheat and cotton were the primary crops. Roanoke grew steadily throughout the 1800s. By 1890, the town had four churches, a school, a cotton gin and several businesses. By the early 1900s, Roanoke's economy diversified and the town boasted a newspaper, a bank, a grain elevator and the Denton Oil and Gas Company. Early vital figures in the town included rancher Sam Reynolds, John (Bob) and Almeadia Jones, whose property was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and Hugh W. Jenkins, storeowner and Roanoke's first mayor. Transportation further developed when the Texas Highway Department completed the Northwest Highway in 1932. In 1939, the city received state and federal funds to construct U.S. Highway 377 along Front Street. Roanoke incorporated in 1933 and continued its steady growth throughout the 20th century. Today, Roanoke continues to be a community that treasures its rich historic heritage. (2008) Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Roanoke Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Roanoke I.O.O.F. Cemetery (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1985
Location: from Roanoke, follow Main Street southeast out of town; pass SH 170 about 1.5 miles to cemetery on north side of road. Roanoke and Westlake.
Marker Text: Although few records exist of the Roanoke I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd fellows) Lodge No. 421, it is known that lodge members purchased land at this site in 1897 for use as a burial ground. Consisting of approximately five and one-half acres, the cemetery always has been maintained as a public graveyard and never was limited to the families of lodge members. Memberships in the Roanoke Lodge eventually were transferred to Denton along with those of other rural I.O.O.F. Lodges. The first person buried here was James DeWitt Pressley, who died in 1897. One tombstone bears an earlier date, however. Mrs. Calvin Abner Sams was buried on family property upon her death in 1882, but she was reinterred in the Roanoke Cemetery in 1914. Near the trunk of the "Hanging Tree" in the northeast section of the graveyard is the burial site of an alleged horse thief, who was hanged there in 1906. Another section was reserved for the families of the crew who worked on the railroad here during the 1920s. A reminder of the area's early history, the cemetery contains the graves of many pioneers, including members of the Sams, Fanning, Cowan, Seagraves, Buell, Lassen, Boutwell, Taylor, Mitchell, and McMahon Families. (1985)
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Medlin Cemetery (8)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1977
Location: 1.5 miles east of Roanoke on SH 114, go north on Trophy Club Drive about .7 of a mile to cemetery on south side of road; across from Trophy Club Country Club, Trophy Club.
Marker Text: In 1847 Charles Medlin (1807-1864) and his wife Matilda (Allen) migrated from Missouri with their household and 20 other families to take up land grants on Denton Creek. Also in the wagon train and colony were Charles Medlin's widowed mother and his brother Lewis. Floods broke up the first Medlin settlement, at times called "Garden Valley." Moving to higher grounds in this vicinity, the settlers formed a new neighborhood that was to grow into the town of Roanoke (1.5 miles west). Charles Medlin's daughter Mittie Ann (Born 1828) admired the beauty of this hill, saying she would like to be buried here. The cemetery was opened at her death in April 1850. Her parents, 13 brothers and sisters, and many other close relatives also rest here along with neighbors and others from the locality. This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Denton county. In 1900 James W. Medlin, son of the original land donors, Charles and Matilda Medlin, enlarged the area to more than ten acres, and began selling lots to bring in maintenance funds. Medlin Cemetery Association was formed in 1947. A new access boulevard and other improvements were provided for this cemetery in the 1970s. (1977)
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Argyle, Justin, Ponder, Krum & Area
 
legend - Argyle, Justin, Ponder, Krum & Area
1. Gregg Ranch
2. Eakins Cemetery
3. Johns' Well and Campgrounds
4. Argyle
5. Graham-Argyle Cemetery
6. Argyle United Methodist Church
7. Prairie Mound Cemetery
8. Texas Ag Experiment Station #6
9. Ponder
10. Plainview Cemetery

 

Gregg Ranch (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1973
Location: from IH-35 in Denton, go west on US 380 about 8.6 miles, turn north on Ripy Road (at Muslin Cemetery), proceed about 1.7 miles to entrance of ranch on west side of road. Krum area.
Marker Text: Darius Gregg (1804-70), who came to Texas from Kentucky in 1827, and fought in the Texas War for Independence, accumulated about 20,000 acres in this area in the early 1850s. Gregg, a surveyor and Houston Realtor, spent several summers here before his death. His son, William Bowen Gregg (1849-89), moved from Houston and operated the ranch in 1870s and early 1880s. Notorious outlaw Sam Bass worked on the ranch, and a frequent summer visitor was Robert Swift, of the well known meat packing family. Of the original ranch, 750 acres are still owned by a Gregg heir. (1973)
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Eakins Cemetery (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1995
Location: 3 miles south of Ponder on FM 156, west on Eakins Cemetery Road, and north on Wakefield. Cemetery is on west side of road, Ponder.
Marker Text: Noah (1810-1868) and Susan (1816-1878) Eakins and their family came to this part of Denton County from Kentucky in 1855. This cemetery was established on their land about 1855-58 when a neighbor, Angelina Rayburn, was fatally burned while cooking on an open fire. Lula Q. Porter, infant child of another pioneer family, was buried in the graveyard in 1861, and the site became a community burial ground known as Eakins Cemetery. It is the final resting place of the Eakins family and many other area pioneers and their descendants. It continues to serve the rural community. (1995)
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Johns' Well and Campgrounds (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1982
Location: intersection of Old Justin Road and C. Taylor Road (just east of IH-35W) 2 miles west of Argyle via Old Justin Road, Argyle.
Marker Text: In 1884 this site was designated as a religious campground by the members of the Prairie Mound Methodist Church. Johns' well, named for former owner Hardin Johns, provided the steady water supply needed by campers, area settlers and travelers. During annual ten-day camp meetings, families camped around the brush arbor where services were held. As nearby communities erected church buildings the campgrounds began to decline and the land was sold in 1913. Johns' well continued to serve the area residents until 1963. (1982)
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Argyle (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1981
Location: Moved from US 377 to 308 Denton Street, Argyle Town Hall, Argyle.
Marker Text: This area was first settled in the 1850s by members of the Peters Colony. In 1881 the town of Argyle was started by Galveston developer James Morrill, when a rail line was built through the area. Early residents came from neighboring settlements. Schools consolidated with Argyle included Beulah, Pilot Knob, Stoney Ridge, Lane, and parts of the Prairie Mound and Litsey Districts. An 1895 fire destroyed the business area, but it was soon rebuilt. The growth of nearby urban areas, which led to a decline before World War II, has resulted in recent population increases. (1981)
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Graham-Argyle Cemetery (5)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1976
Location: on Country Club Road about 1/2 mile east of US 377 on north side of road; 1/2 mile north of Argyle.
Marker Text: This burial ground served the farming community of Graham which grew up here after the Civil War. First known interment was that of an infant, George Isbell, on December 10, 1865. An adjacent structure housed a school and Graham Baptist Church. After 1881, most of the settlers moved to the nearby town of Argyle on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. The school and church were moved in 1887 after their meeting place burned. In 1888 this property was deeded for cemetery use by C. N. Jarrell. In 1974 volunteers began restoration of the plot, which has about 238 marked graves. (1976)
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Argyle United Methodist Church (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1981
Location: 9033 Fort Worth Drive (US 377), marker moved from original location at 308 Denton Street to new church in 2009, Argyle.
Marker Text: Organized thirteen years after the town of Argyle was founded, this church was chartered in 1894 with twenty-seven members. The first pastor was the Rev. Blueford Henry Webster, a Methodist circuit rider from Mississippi. Early worship services for the congregation were conducted in the Argyle Schoolhouse. In 1898 church trustees purchased land at this location from the Texas and Pacific railway and W. H. Abrams, company trustee. The first sanctuary, a frame structure, was built here soon afterward during the pastorate of the Rev. J. R. Atchley, who completed much of the carpentry work with the assistance of a Mr. Rhodes and several church members. Adjoining property was acquired by church trustees in 1947. A brick sanctuary was constructed here in 1969, east of the original structure, and an educational building was added in 1972. Part of a circuit for seventy-eight years, the Argyle United Methodist Church has played a significant role in the development of the town. Membership has included many prominent community leaders, and church facilities have been used for a variety of civic group meetings and public functions. (1981). Argyle United Methodist Church moved from 308 Denton street to this site on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009.
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Prairie Mound Cemetery (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1981
Location: 1/2 mile north of FM 407, 4 miles southwest of Argyle on Prairie Mound Cemetery Road, Argyle area.
Marker Text: This burial ground was in use by 1882 when adjoining property was deeded to the Prairie Mound Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The earliest marked grave here is that of Edgar Myers (1875-1878), the son of J. E. and M. J. Myers. Church services were discontinued before 1920, and a public school, organized nearby in 1878, was consolidated with neighboring districts in the 1940s. Shortly after the original sanctuary was removed from the site in 1961, the Lark Heath Memorial Chapel was dedicated. Many pioneer settlers of the Argyle-Justin area are buried here. (1981) Incise on back: Donated by J. Heath Family, Argyle Centennial Committee
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Texas Agricultural Experiment Station #6 (8)

Type: THC Subject Marker 2011
Location: northeast corner of Masch Branch and Hampton Roads; from Denton exit I-35 at US 380, turn west, go 1.3 miles to Masch Branch Road, turn north and go .5 mile to intersection of Masch Branch and Hampton Road, Denton
Marker Text: During Denton County's early years, farming and ranching were the traditional pursuits. When the railroads entered the county, subsistence farming gave way to farming that yielded money-making crops that could be shipped to various markets. In 1887, the U.S. government passed the Hatch Act to appropriate funds to states that promoted scientific experimentation regarding agriculture. Over the next twenty years, experiment stations were established throughout the state. In 1910, the area received notice that a station would be located in Denton, known as Station No. 6. The Chamber of Commerce offered a site west of Denton owned by J.N. Rayzor that the station occupied for the first few years. However, because of soil issues, the state bought the J.T. Luper farm five miles northwest of Denton in 1913 and moved the station there. The station specialized in research on ways to improve grains and their resistance to weather and disease. The station's success was evident in the new varieties of oats developed that could withstand North Texas' sometimes severe winters. Nortex, New Nortex, Mustang and Alamo were a few examples of the new varieties of oats. They doubled yields and also helped overcome the problem of rust damage. The station also produced wheat varieties such as Westar, Quanah and Frisco, and barleys such as Texan and Cordova. The station led to the establishment of agricultural-related industries that bought and sold seed, plants, fertilizer, mills, tools and other sales, and added growth to the regional economy. Many farmers depended on the station for advice on their farming operations but after 62 years, the station was closed in 1972 and activities were moved to a regional agricultural research center. 175 years of Texas independence * 1836-2011 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Historical Narrative: Texas Agricultural Experiment Station #6 Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Ponder (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2011
Location: At flag At flag pole in the 100 block of West Bailey Street (Ponder's main street), which intersects with FM 156, Ponder.
Marker Text: Settlers began to arrive in western Denton County in the 1850s in search of rich agricultural land. Silas Christal (1810-1883), his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Burnett) (1811-1883), and their twelve children arrived in 1855 from Missouri. Christal built an ox-driven mill to grind corn and, in 1880, built a school on his property. The town of Gerald was established in 1886 when the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway decided to create a line from Fort Worth to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Another town in Texas was named Gerald, so the town was renamed Ponder in honor of William A. Ponder (1884-1911), a prominent landowner. The Denton Creek system provided settlers with ample resources and fertile land for agricultural production of wheat, corn, oats, and cotton. In the late 1800s, churches formed to serve the growing community and included a Baptist Church, Methodist Church, and Church of Christ. In 1894 Cornelius N. Skaggs (1869-1938) opened the first business in Ponder, a store and post office, and became the second postmaster. The town quickly grew around the railway and included general stores, a lumber yard, cotton, gin, mill, a bank and a hotel. In 1897, one of the area's largest landowners, H.F. Wakefield, donated land for a school. Community activities, such as boys high school basketball and the Ponder Rodeo, organized in 1939 by Chester January, Sidney Ford, and Dr. M.L. Holland, have brought the town together since the 1930s and 1940s. These local activities, businesses, education, and religious groups continue to represent the traditions and spirit of this small, rural town, incorporated in 1966.
175 years of Texas independence * 1836-2011. Marker is property of the state of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Ponder Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Plainview Cemetery (10)

Type: Historic Texas Cemetery Designation, 2012; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 2012
Location: from intersection of FM 156 and FM 1173 in Krum, go 5.2 miles west on FM 1173. Cemetery is on South side of FM 1173 behind Plainview Baptist Church, Krum Area.
Marker Text: N/A
Historical Narrative: Plainview Cemetery Historical Narrative (PDF)
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  Section of County: Northwest


Bolivar & Area
legend - Bolivar & Area
1. Bolivar Cemetery
2. Townsite of Bolivar
3. Forester Ranch
4. Home of John Simpson Chisum

Bolivar Cemetery (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1998; Historic Texas Cemetery Marker, 1997
Location: south side of FM 455, 3.7 mile west of IH-35, adjacent to old Bolivar Baptist Church, Bolivar.
Marker Text: The town of Bolivar was laid out by Dr. Hiram Daily in 1852 with a burial plot on high ground nearby. Though the site had probably been used as a burial ground for many years, the earliest marked grave is that of 4-month-old Zolly Cofer Waide, who was born and died in 1863. G. A. Grissom, a prominent Bolivar Masonic leader, died in 1876. After his interment, Bolivar Lodge No. 418, A. F. & A. M. and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 221 set aside five newly purchased acres, including the graveyard, for community burials. A decorative fence was installed across the front of the cemetery in that year. Many monuments were erected by the Woodmen of the World organization. Many of the nine adults and eight infants buried in 1892 were victims of a nationwide influenza epidemic. Another influenza epidemic in 1918 claimed more lives. Bolivar citizens of all walks of life were buried here. Some were members of farming and ranching families; others were business people, educators, physicians, and ministers. They include veterans of the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Operated by the board of trustees of the Bolivar Cemetery Association, the graveyard continues to serve area residents, many of whom are descendants of those who shaped the history of Bolivar and Denton County. The burial ground remains a record of the pioneer settlers of the area. (1998)
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Townsite of Bolivar (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1970
Location: SE corner of the intersection of FM 2450 and FM 455, Bolivar.
Marker Text: Named indirectly for Simon Bolivar, South American statesman, general and patriot. It might have been called "New Prospect," but for a mug of rum. When town was founded in 1852, a man who had settled here from Bolivar, Tenn., wanted to name the community in honor of his hometown. But a preacher-doctor insisted that it be named New Prospect. An election was called to settle the matter and the Tennessean exchanged mugs of rum for votes, Bolivar won. During the 1800s, Bolivar was the westernmost fort in Denton County and the first settlement west of Collin County. Two stagecoach lines changed horses here. The town thrived and could count three hotels, several stores, a gin, a flour mill, a sawmill, a blacksmith shop, a saloon, a church and a school. It was here that the Texas cattle trail joined the Jesse Chisholm Trail, but it was John Chisum, Texas cattle baron, who had herds here and furnished beef to the Confederacy during the Civil War. Bolivar and the surrounding area were havens for Sam Bass and his men. Two Bolivar men were jailed in 1890 for harboring notorious marauders. Many early settlers (whose descendants still live here) played important roles in development of county.
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Forester Ranch (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1987
Location: 7.5 miles west of Sanger on FM 455 at entrance to ranch, Bolivar.
Marker Text: William S.William S. Forester brought his family to Denton County from Tennessee in the early 1850s, and established a ranch about 1852. He was assisted in his ranching operation by his sons, one of whom, Sol, was killed by Indians at the age of sixteen while herding cattle on the ranch. Following William Forester's death the ranch was operated by his son, Lock S. Forester (1844-1913). A Confederate veteran, Lock Forester increased the size of the ranch to over 6,000 acres. Under his management the ranch's "Two I Jinglebob" brand became well known. He supervised the ranch interests until 1890, when he moved to Denton. Ed W. Forester, son of Lock Forester, assumed management of the ranch in 1890. In 1913 the ranch was divided into sections, with Lock S. Forester's three children each receiving one-third of the ranch property. Ed Forester became a successful rancher in his own right, raising champion shorthorn cattle as well as quarter horses, sheep, and other livestock. He served two terms as Denton County Commissioner. The Forester Ranch has been an important part of the history of Denton County for over a century. (1987)
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Home of John Simpson Chisum (4)

Type: Texas Centennial Marker, 1936
Location: from the intersection of FM 455 and 2450, go north on FM 2450 3 miles to Chisum Road, go west on Chisum .6 mile (sharp curve) then go west on Jingle Bob Trail one mile across dam, Bolivar.
Marker Text: Here stood the home from 1856 to 1862 of John Simpson Chisum, cattle king. Born, August 16, 1824; Died, September 22, 1884 at Paris, Texas. (3 mi. N of Bolivar, Denton County)
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Sanger & Area

legend - Sanger & Area
1. Tyson Cemetery
2. Noah C. Batis
3. William E. Partlow, First Mayor of Sanger
4. Jacob Fredrick Elsasser
5. Sanger Presbyterian Church
6. Sanger and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway
7. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
8. Rector Road Bridge
9. Gribble Springs Baptist Church

Tyson Cemetery (1)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1976
Location: from Sanger go north on IH-35/U.S. 77 about 4.6 miles south to FM 3002, go east on 3002 about 5.5 miles to FM 3442, in about 1.4 miles, FM 3442 becomes Sullivan Road and tees into Tyson Lane; turn east on Tyson to cemetery, Sanger area.
Marker Text: J. P. Newton (1821-56), a settler from Tennessee, is the earliest known burial in this cemetery. Charles Hammons (1854-64) has the second oldest stone. He was a grandson of another Tennessean, Charles Lee Sullivan (1810-68), a leader in this community. This burial ground, bought 1869 by Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hammons, Sullivan's son-in-law and daughter, later was donated to the public by James R. Tyson (1829-99), father of Sullivan's daughter-in-law, Angeline Tyson Sullivan. There are 44 Sullivan graves in 1976. An active cemetery association maintains this burial ground (1976)
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Noah C. Batis (2)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1986
Location: one mile west of Sanger on FM 455, across from elementary school; marker is missing, Sanger.
Marker Text: A native of Illinois, Noah C. Batis (1860-1950) came to Texas at an early age. In 1881 and 1882, he worked as a cowboy driving cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas. He came to Sanger in 1889 and ten years later, at this site, established the Sanger Stock Farm, which became known for its fine horses, mules, and other livestock. Although he lacked the formal training, Batis provided veterinary care for his animals and for those of nearby farms. A county commissioner from 1919 to 1923, he lived here with his wife Laura (b. 1864). They died in 1950. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
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William E. Partlow, First Mayor of Sanger (3)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1976
Location: 611 West Plum Street (Seventh and Plum); marker is missing and house was torn down, Sanger.
Marker Text: A Virginian and a soldier who surrendered at Appomattox with Gen. Robert E. Lee, W. E. Partlow moved to Texas after the Civil War (1861-65). He married Nancy Jane Sullivan (1860-1922), daughter of Denton County pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sullivan. Partlow, a merchant, was elected first mayor when Sanger was incorporated in 1892. He built this house for his family in 1904. From 1907 to 1913, they lived in New Mexico, where Partlow was commissioner of U.S. Circuit and district courts. After returning to Sanger, he served as Justice of the Peace and died here. (1976)
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Jacob Fredrick Elsasser (4)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 1976
Location: 603 North Seventh Street (corner of Seventh and Peach), Sanger.
Marker Text: Born in Germany in 1834, Jacob Frederick Elsasser migrated to this country with his father and brothers. They operated a cigar factory in Chicago until it was destroyed in the great Chicago fire of 1871. Elsasser moved to Texas with his Swiss-born wife, Catharine (1832-1903), and built a 2-story farm house east of Sanger. After it burned, they erected this residence in 1901. One of Elsasser's daughters, Mrs. J. M. Peery, and her family occupied the house until 1939. It was purchased in 1952 by Mr. and Mrs. Willard Bounds. (1976)
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Sanger Presbyterian Church (5)

Type: THC Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1972
Location: Seventh and Elm Streets. Sanger.
Marker Text: Founded 1896, in 1902 built this structure on land given by Jack R. Sullivan, a Baptist. With town's best auditorium, this became site of school and civic programs; elocution and music were taught here. Community bought building when congregation in 1971 moved to a new church.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1972
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Sanger and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (6)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2010
Location: 100 Bolivar Street, Sanger.
Marker Text: Sanger originated in 1886 at mile post 392.16 as a water stop along the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway route leading north from Fort Worth to Purcell, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). The stop's proximity to north Denton County cattle ranches and to the Chisholm Trail led the railroad to construct a side track, cattle pens, loading chute and depot. Mrs. Elizabeth Bullock Huling, who had sold the property for the railroad stop, soon hired surveyors to plat a townsite surrounding it. Mrs. Huling donated land for a wagon yard, well, school, town square, cemetery and Methodist Church. A saloon, blacksmith shop and the Ready Hotel, which housed the first post office, opened shortly after the town, originally known as Huling, and later New Bolivar, was officially named in honor of Sanger Brothers, a prominent Texas dry goods firm. The town was incorporated in 1892. When an 1890 fire destroyed much of Sanger, the railroad rebuilt expanded facilities. The 1897 establishment of the Sanger Mill and Elevator Company, home of Silk Finish Flour, helped to transition Sanger to a farming community. Cattle continued to drive the community until two meat packing plants were built in Fort Worth, ca 1900, and ranchers began trucking cattle to market. World War II increased rail traffic at the depot and operations were taken over by women as men went to war. Although passenger rail service later ended, the town of Sanger, which got its start as a railroad water stop, continues to grow and prosper. (2010) Marker is Property of the State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Sanger and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (7)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2009
Location: 300 East Willow Street, Sanger.
Marker Text: In 1909, area African Americans organized Galilee Missionary Baptist Church approx. 2.5 miles south of Sanger of the farm of John W. and Eliza McCarty. The McCartys had purchased the 750 acre farm in 1900. The congregation moved to Sanger in 1910 and built a church at this site, which was also used as a school for their children. In the early 1920s the women of the congregation raised and sold cotton to buy a church bell which is still rung each Sunday. When the church house grew too small, a larger one was built in 1957, and another larger church building was built in 1998. The church contributes to the community through many outreach and missionary programs.
(2009) Marker is Property of the State of Texas.
Historical Narrative: Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Historical Narrative (PDF)
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Rector Road Bridge (8)

Type: DCHC Marker, 2005
Location: 2.5 miles SE of Sanger. From Denton go north on IH-35, take Rector Road exit, go east on Rector until you come to the new bridge that replaced the original historic iron bridge that spanned Clear Creek, Sanger.
Marker Text: This bridge replaces a historic Pratt through-truss bridge built in 1907-08. It was relocated to Guyer High School, Denton, in 2005. Rector Road Bridge at Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane. Built in 1907. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior.

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Gribble Springs Baptist Church (9)

Type: THC Subject Marker, 2006
Location: 6933 FM 2164, Sanger.
Marker Text: Twenty-three members of the congregation from the Pond Creek community established Gribble Springs Baptist Church in 1871. The Rev. W.C. West served as the first pastor. Gribble Springs Missionary Baptist Church reorganized in 1896, and members have remained active from that time forward. The congregation first met in a schoolhouse, before building a sanctuary in 1904. Since then, the church building has been replaced twice through the hard work of the membership. As Denton County becomes increasingly urban, the church continues to serve the community of Gribble Springs, where it remains a reminder of early life in this area. (2006)
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