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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
forty miles. Along this distance a wonderful view of
the rich bottom land visualized good crops and happy
homes for the immigrants. Third, only small branches
crossed the road for all of the seventy miles. The men
who built the Preston Road were given land certificates,
but the land gifts were not near the road. In fact, for
several years after it was built no one was allowed to
settle within three miles of either side of the road, in
order that the new comers might get an attractive view.
This road was indeed the open door to Texas for im-
migrants from the north, and since it was only one and
one-half miles from the present eastern boundary of
Denton County, many of the people came to Denton
County to make their homes. The state certainly ap-
plied good psychology, for in the Elm Valley these im-
migrants could readily find an abundance of free goods.
The rich, nutritious grass of Elm Flats offered an ideal
grazing ground for the deer and buffalo, which fur-
nished meat for the dinner tables in this new land.
There were many varieties of edible haws, many differ-
ent kinds of nuts, as pecans, hickory nuts, and walnuts,
and an abundance of juicy persimmons. Old records
tell us that in close proximity to the present town of
Frisco was a large plum orchard of over one hundred
acres, which furnished an important supply of fresh
fruit; scattered plum thickets were to be found over a
big part of the eastern half of the county. Bees
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/27/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.