Geography of Denton County Page: 34
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Denton County As A Whole
Denton County has three physiographic divisions.
The western half is known as the Grand Prairie, the
eastern one-fourth is the Black Prairie, and the strip
wedged in between these two prairies is called the East-
ern Cross Timbers. This study of Denton County will
tell how the people are making a living in the three
divisions and how they have adjusted themselves to the
physical geography of each area. The western half is a
level prairie; the Cross Timbers is a region of gently
rolling to strongly rolling land with occasional low,
rounded knobs; and the Black Prairie is level in parts
and pronouncedly hilly in other parts. The county in
general may be classed as a maturely dissected plain,
which means that the streams have eroded the land
surface until there are many hills and valleys.
It is important to know the kinds of rocks in an area,
because rocks break up and make soil; and the kind of
soil in a region has much to do with the crops the
farmer grows. Good soil will produce good crops; and
the character of the crops in a county has much to do
with the kind of roads, the type of schools and school
buildings, and even with the distribution of automobiles
in the county. If a farmer has good soil on his land
he will likely have a big barn, a neat home, fat stock,
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/49/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.