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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
too, to know that he kept men stationed at all of the
ferry points along the Red River in order that they
might guide the immigrants to his territory. Mr.
Peters himself, at one time, made a trip to Europe for
immigrants, and of his success mention will be made
later. All in all there were about twenty men in the
colony working for Mr. Peters, nearly all of whom
were from Kentucky. There were about four settle-
ments made before the state joined the union, in the
days of the Republic, and about fourteen settlements
made within the borders of Denton County during the
years immediately following. These people came
from various states, but Kentucky, Tennessee, Mis-
souri, and Arkansas furnished the major portion of
them. A river pattern of these states shows that move-
ment west via the numerous navigable water ways led
early colonists to the very doors of Texas and Denton
County. The Ohio River, the Cumberland, the Ten-
nessee, and the Missouri empty into the Mississippi;
so do the Arkansas and the Red Rivers, but it was up
these last two rivers that many of the Trans-Allegheny
people traveled west to the land of Texas. The story
of these settlements and their adjustments to the Den-
ton County environment, forms an interesting and
worthwhile geographic interpretation.
Many of these early settlers coming west by way of
Red River, crossed the river on Colbert's ferry near
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/25/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.