Geography of Denton County Page: 15
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swarmed in the trees and there was an abundance of
delicious wild honey, taken as free goods by the new
comers. The small creeks of the area had not silted so
much then as now and the many holes in the river
channels were filled with an abundance of edible fish.
But best of all the resources offered in this area was the
rich soil. Denton County is said to have more different
kinds of soils than any other county out of the two hun-
dred fifty-four counties in the state of Texas. This was
an initial advantage in that men could have a wide range
in the choice of a cash crop and at the same time fill the
cupboards with a greater diversity of edibles for sub-
sistence use. The unusual soil diversity is accounted
for in the location of the county between major soil
patterns of the state. Thus we see the Preston Road
led the immigrants to a new home in the Denton area
a region filled with rich resources and a strong promise
for happiness and success.
The Peters Colony, however, began operations be-
fore the Preston Road was built. It was decidedly to
the advantage of the Peters Colony to settle in the
southeastern part of the county. There was an abun-
dance of timber, principally post oak and black jack,
and in the river flats there were found the elm, hack-
berry, and the burr oak. The timber was used for log
huts and clap-board roofs. The settlers seemed to
make use of every resource: ropes were plaited from
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/28/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.