Denton is known for its friendly, small-town feel, and is home to the University of North Texas (UNT). Updated 9 months ago
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Come visit Denton's historic square

Photo of the northwest corner of Denton's historic square. Photo by Monica Bourgeau on Unsplash.

Denton, the county seat of Denton County, is on Interstate Highway 35 where it forks to become 35E to Dallas and 35W to Fort Worth near the center of the county. Less than forty miles north of the cities, Denton has become closely associated with the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The city was not an early settlement. It was founded in 1857 in order to become the county seat, because residents wanted one located near the center of the county. Hiram Cisco, William Woodruff, and William Loving donated 100 acres as the site for the town, which, like the county, was named in honor of John B. Denton. A commission composed of Otis G. Welch, sometimes known as the "Father of Denton," county surveyor Charles C. Lacy, and Joseph A. Carroll laid out the city. Although it was established in 1857 and a courthouse was built on the north side of the square, Denton was not incorporated until 1866. The charter provided for election of a mayor and five aldermen. J. B. Sawyer was elected the first mayor.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Date of Origin

1857 164 years ago

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
140,975 2019 Texas Demographic Center
113,383 2010 Texas Demographic Center
80,537 2000 Texas Demographic Center
66,270 1990 Texas Demographic Center
48,063 1980 Texas Demographic Center
39,874 1970 Texas Demographic Center
26,844 1960 Texas Demographic Center
21,372 1950 Texas Demographic Center
11,192 1940 Texas Demographic Center
9,587 1930 Texas Demographic Center
7,626 1920 Texas Demographic Center
4,732 1910 Texas Demographic Center
4,187 1900 Texas Demographic Center
2,558 1890 Texas Demographic Center
1,194 1880 Texas Demographic Center