Established in 1857, Denton was named for John B. Denton, who was a lawyer, preacher and soldier. His grave can be found on the courthouse lawn in the center of Denton's historic downtown square. The centerpiece of the square is the old Denton County Courthouse, which was erected in 1896 and restored in 1987. The courthouse contains a museum highlighting antique and original photographs and artifacts from the city's founding. Denton is also a main city that tops a triangle formed by itself, Fort Worth and Dallas.
Denton is proud to be home to two public universities, Texas Woman's University and The University of North Texas. UNT is the state's fourth-largest university, with more than 32,000 students.
Inspired by the UNT music department, Denton's trademark has to be the sounds of jazz. The Grammy-winning band Brave Combo and also the Norah Jones are proud to call Denton home.
A wide variety of cultural activity is available through TWU, UNT and other civic organizations. Concerts, plays, lectures, and exhibitions are just a few of the diversions one can find in Denton.
Parks and Recreation
Denton residents enjoy 19 public parks, a public swimming pool, 20 tennis courts and three recreational centers. Golf is played at Denton Country Club, TWU Pioneer Golf Course and the Eagle Point Golf Course.
Denton has places of worship representing 29 denominations, including Islam and Judaism.
Clubs and Organizations
Denton has over 225 clubs and organizations ranging civic to service groups. One of these is sure to suit your lifestyle.
People of all ages come to enjoy the annual Texas Storytelling Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in the Southwest. The tales told will capture adventure and imagination to and children and adults alike.
To coincide with the blooming of the redbuds in early March, come join the Denton Redbud Festival and Romp celebration, which includes activities, education, booths, and exhibits throughout the day.
The annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival dedicates three days to the arts, with more than 1,300 performers on six stages, fine arts and crafts, children's art activities, food and games.
For the animal lover, Dog Days of Summer will entertain you with a dog parade, a show, and pet tricks.