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Physical Features: North Texas county; partly hilly, draining to Elm Fork of Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Grapevine Lake; Blackland and Grand Prairie soils and terrain.
Economy: Varied industries, colleges, horse industry, tourism, government/services; part of Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
History: Land grant from Texas Congress 1841 for Peters colony. County created out of Fannin County 1846; named for John B. Denton, pioneer Methodist minister.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 63.71; Black, 8.46; Hispanic, 18.73; Asian, 6.67; Other, 2.43.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 8,994; deaths, 2,679; marriages, 4,150; divorces, 2,884.
Recreation: Lake activities, parks; universities’ cultural, athletic activities, including “Texas Women; A Celebration of History”; “First Ladies of Texas” collection of memorabilia; Little Chapel in the Woods; Texas Motor Speedway; Denton Jazz Festival in April.
Minerals: Natural gas.
Education: University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
Agriculture: Second in number of horses. Eggs, nurseries, turf, cattle; also, hay, sorghum, wheat, peanuts grown. Market value $79.2 million.
DENTON (113,383) county seat; universities, manufacturers of trucks (Peterbilt), medical, aviation; hospitals; historic courthouse square; storytelling festival in March.
LEWISVILLE (95,290) commuting to Dallas-Fort Worth, retail center, electronics and varied industries; hospital, library; Celtic Feis & Scottish Highland Games in March.
Flower Mound (64,669) residential community, library, mound of native grasses, bike classic in spring.
Carrollton (119,907, also in Dallas County), hospital.
Other towns include: Argyle (3,282) horse farms/training, bluegrass festival in March; Aubrey (2,595) horse farms/training, cabinet construction, peanut festival in October; Bartonville (1,469); Copper Canyon (1,334); Corinth (19,935); Corral City (27); Cross Roads (1,563); Dish (201); Double Oak (2,867); Hackberry (968); Hebron (415); Hickory Creek (3,247); Highland Village (15,056); Justin (3,246); Krugerville (1,662); Krum (4,157) commuters, old grain mill; Lake Dallas (7,105) light manufacturing, marina, historic downtown, Mardi Gras.
Also, Lakewood Village (545); Lantana (6,874); Lincoln Park (308); Little Elm (25,898) light manufacturing, lake activities, summer concert series; Northlake (1,724); Oak Point (2,786); Pilot Point (3,856) light manufacturing, horse ranches, Fireman’s Fest in April; Ponder (1,395); Providence (4,786); Roanoke (5,962); Sanger (6,916) distribution center, commuters, government/services, lakes, Sellabration in September; Shady Shores (2,612); The Colony (36,328) tourism, parks, nature trails, salute to veterans on Veterans Day; and Trophy Club (8,204) commuters, retail.
Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.