Introduction to Denton, Texas
The Texas city of Denton is located about 40 miles northwest of Dallas and about 38 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Together, the three cities comprise an area traditionally referred to as the "Golden Triangle." The city is served by three major highways: Interstate 35, U.S. Route 380, and U.S. Route 377.
Founded in 1856 and later incorporated in 1866, the city of Denton is the county seat of Denton County. Both the city and county were named for John B. Denton, a prominent lawyer, preacher, and soldier. Denton is home to two major Universities: the University of North Texas (UNT) which is the largest university in north Texas and the third largest in the state; and Texas Woman's University (TWU) which despite its name is open to both genders. Music fans will recognize Denton as the home town of Grammy Award winning band Brave Combo and also of the Grammy Award winning 1 O'Clock Lab band. It is also the former habitat of UNT alumni Roy Orbison, Pat Boone, and Don Henley.
Attractions in and around Denton
Denton hosts several festivals and functions throughout the calendar year. The Denton Jazz and Arts festival, held every spring (usually the last three days of April) is a major draw, attracting thousands of visitors from around the nation. Other annual events include the Fry Street Fair, Twilight Tunes, Dog Days of Summer, and Cinco de Mayo. Racing fans can enjoy the Texas Motor Speedway, located 14 miles south of Denton, and the Denton Dragway, about 5 miles north of the city. Some of the area's cultural sites include:
- Bayless-Selby House Museum
- Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
- Denton County Historical Museum and Texas Heritage Center
- Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas
- Hangar 10 Flying Museum
- UNT Sky Theatre Planetarium
- Historic Downtown Denton
- Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
Sports fans can find plenty of professional action in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The following pro teams are all located less than an hour's drive from Denton:
- Major League Baseball: Texas Rangers (Arlington)
- National Football League: Dallas Cowboys
- National Basketball Association: Dallas Mavericks
- National Hockey League: Dallas Stars
- Major League Soccer (MLS): FC Dallas
- American Association Baseball: Fort Worth Cats (an independent minor league team)
Also located in Fort Worth are: the Fort Worth Flyers, a basketball team in the NBA Development League; and the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League, who have suspended operations for the 2006-2007 season due to stadium leasing problems, but remain a franchise in good standing in the CHL whose clear objective is to return to action in the near future. The Texas Tycoons are a team in the American Basketball Association who tentatively plan to move their home from Fort Worth to Dallas in 2007.