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Historical Geography of Denton
Denton County is almost as old as the State of Texas.
When Texas celebrated the Centennial in 1936, Den-
ton County was ninety years old, having been organ-
ized as a county in 1846. Today the population of the
county approximates 33,000 people with an average
density of 34.5 people per square mile. The increase
in population over every decade from 1870-1920 has
been between 3,500 and 7,000 people.
Denton County is located in the north-central part
of Texas, about thirty-five miles south of the Texas-
Oklahoma boundary. Only one county on the north,
Cooke, is between the Red River and Denton County.
On the south it joins Dallas and Tarrant Counties, and
the county seat of Denton is only about forty and
thirty-five miles respectively from the cities of Dallas
and Fort Worth. The nearest gulf ports are Houston
and Galveston, about 300 miles to the south. The
county covers an area of 941 square miles, having sides
approximately thirty miles each. The northern boun-
dary of the county coincides almost identically with
thirty-three degrees and twenty-five minutes North
Latitude, while the longitude location is 97 degrees
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/14/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.