Geography of Denton County Page: 5
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the creek, and the "Ranger Trail" passed over Big
Elm at the Fish Trap Crossing. At this location the
creek flows over a solid rock bottom and this was an
ideal condition for an all-year trail route. These two
trails were used constantly by Indians, rangers, and
Another famous trail which exerted much influence
on life in, the Denton territory was the Butterfield
Trail, the first transcontinental mail route established
by our government. The Butterfield Trail passed
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THE FIRST U .S. TRANSCONTINENTAL MAIL ROUTE
(THE BUTTERFIELD TRAIL)
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through the northwestern corner of Denton County,
about three miles northwest of the town of Bolivar and
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/18/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.