On April 11, 1846, the state of Texas recognized the newly formed Denton County. And 175 years later, the Denton County Office of History and Culture celebrates this milestone and all of the unique people, places, and events that make Denton County what it is today.
In celebration, Denton County is launching a commemorative website including a historic timeline, a virtual scavenger hunt, and a list of things to do and see around Denton County. The website will be updated throughout the year, so be sure to check back often for the latest information.
Along with the commemorative website, visitors can experience local history in downtown Denton by visiting Denton County’s museums, including the historic Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the Bayless-Selby House, and the Denton County African American Museum (located at the Denton County Historical Park). The museums feature wonderful collections of photographs and artifacts that belonged to past and present residents of Denton County.
At the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, exhibits feature an evolution of firearms, a vintage grocery store, and a 1913 farm wagon. Take in the historic Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor, visit the grave of John B. Denton on the lawn, and admire the iconic architecture of the 1896 Courthouse.