Denton was founded in 1857 when residents insisted that a community form near the center of the newly created county. Hiram Cisco, William Woodruff, and William Loving each donated 100 acres for the city named after John Bunyan Denton, who had been an orphan and ran away to become a soldier and died nearby while battling Native Americans.
Until about 1880, the town only had about 361 people, but that quickly changed with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railway. Soon, the city had over 2,500 people. The University of North Texas opened in 1890 as the North Texas Normal College, and this town quickly became known for the quality of education provided at all age levels. History lovers will want to start a visit to Denton at the 1896 Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. Workers constructed this building in 1896. Then, take a short stroll to the Denton Historical Park, a fantastic place for a picnic.
Once workers constructed Interstate 35 through the area, this city again saw rapid growth. About 48,063 people were living in the community in 1980. Many companies formerly based in Ft. Worth or Dallas chose to move their headquarters northward so that their employees could enjoy a better quality of life. As of 2020, the population of Denton is 140,000.
There are terrific restaurants in Denton. Start your day at the Old West Cafe with a breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and coffee. Then, stop for a hamburger lunch at USA Burger Co. End your day with a drink and a meal at Barley & Board, where you will want to start with an order of warm nuts.
Sanger - This community of about 7,000 people is about 12 miles north of Denton. Head to the Sanger Area Historical Society Museum on Saturdays to learn more about this community's history. See artwork created in various mediums by fifteen Texas artists by stopping at the Kamme Art Gallery & Studio. You will find other delightful downtown businesses to shop at in this community founded in 1886.
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Corinth – The Old Anton Bridge is a great place to start your visit to this city of about 21,000 people. See if you believe the legend about a goatman living under this iron truss bridge. Then, stroll along the Denton Katy Trail, which is open for bikes, inline skating, foot traffic, and wheelchair use.
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Hickory Creek – This community of about 3,200 people is about 30 miles north of Denton and is a fantastic place for a day of water fun. There are several parks, including Hickory Creek, Willow Grove, and Point Vista. Anglers love to come to play on Lake Lewisville.
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Arts and Autos – For over 23 years, visitors have been attending this classic car and art show held in downtown Denton in September.
North Texas Fair and Rodeo – Watch cowboys and girls compete during this nine-day event in August that also includes live entertainment, a carnival, fair food, and a tractor pull.
Twilight Tunes – Head to the courthouse square on Thursday evenings in May and June to listen to free concerts during this weekly series.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park is a fantastic place to play on the water. State officials have divided this park into nine units. Six of those units have at least one boat ramp, so it is easy to launch your vessel onto this 29,000-acre lake. You do not need a fishing license to fish in a Texas state park, and the park's headquarters has fishing equipment to loan. Stop at the Interpretive Center at Isle du Bois or the Nature Center at Johnson Branch to visit park rangers.
Cedar Hill State Park near Cedar Hill is a fantastic place to go swimming on a hot summer day. Anglers regularly pull catfish and black bass out of the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. Head across from the main gate to visit the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center to see how people farmed in pioneer days.
Eisenhower State Park near Dennison is especially beautiful in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. There are over four miles of biking trails at this park. A lighted fishing pier is available, or you can choose to fish from the rocky shoreline. The wooded backcountry is a great place for an off-road adventure.
While exploring Denton, head downtown to see the Courthouse-on-the –square. This W.C. Dodson-designed building was constructed in 1896 using local limestone, pink granite from the Austin area, and Pecos sandstone. People living in the community paid to have the building restored in 2004, and it houses a history museum. Next to the building is the final resting place of John Denton, after his body was moved three times.
There are many great campgrounds near Denton. Conveniently located near Interstate 35, Destiny RV Resorts features large shade trees, a pool, and a spa. Post Oak Place RV Park has a horseshoe pit and a swimming pool. Hidden Cove offers boat rentals, and it has a marina.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Denton, TX, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Denton?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Denton from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Denton?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.