Established in 1857, the seat of Denton County is named for John B. Denton, pioneer lawyer, preacher and soldier. His grave is on the lawn at the historic courthouse on the square. Activities include hunting, canoeing, sailing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, fishing and lake recreation.
Standing guard over this Main Street City is the stately Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square. In continuous operation since 1896.
Denton is known for its music scene, with several live music venues within walking distance of courthouse square, along with other entertainment options. Shoppers find treasures in shops within its downtown district. Bed-and-breakfast accommodations also are available.
Other cultural attractions include several annual festivals, the Center for Visual Arts and two major state universities: The University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University.
The North Texas Greenbelt is a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River with more than 20 miles of trails and waterways.