In the late 1800s, Oak Street in Roanoke was a bustling center of trade and entertainment. Established in 1881 when the Texas Pacific Railroad came through the area, this Denton County city was named by a railroad surveyor for his home in Virginia. The first settlement in the area was established on the original land grant of Travis Wright in 1847 at the confluence of Denton and Henrietta creeks. After several floods, the settlement was moved to higher ground, then again to its present site near the rail center.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the town also has been dubbed the Unique Dining Capital of Texas by the Texas Legislature. Its home to more than 40 restaurants including the original world-famous Babes Chicken Dinner House.
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