The first settlers at the present town site were John and Augustus King, who received land in 1844 through the Peters' Colony, jointly owned by U.S. and British businessmen. The colony was plagued by lawsuits and disputes, once leading to a mob attack and burning of the land office. In 1855, the town got its first mill, trading post, dry-goods store and the first cotton gin in Denton County. The Dallas and Wichita Railway arrived in 1881, and the city became a significant trading post. Today's growth is tied to the expanding Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and proximity to the DFW Airport.
The city hugs the south shore of Lewisville Lake, and a city park offers fishing, boating, birding, picnic areas, RV and tent camping, and other recreational opportunities. Lewisville has several challenging golf courses, including replicas from 18 of the nation's toughest courses at Tour 18 and re-creations of the best courses in Scotland at The Tribute.