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DENTON COUNTY AS A WHOLE
of the soils. Possibly five per cent of the county rep-
resents land too stony for anything but for pasture
use. These non-cropping tracts are all in the Grand
Prairie section, with a tendency toward concentration
in the northwestern corner. The stony land is used
for the grazing of sheep, hogs, and a few head of cat-
tle. Thus the differences in topography, but more
especially the differences in soil types for the three di-
visions, indicate a difference in indigenous vegetation
and, to some extent, in the response of economic pur-
suits. Speaking in terms of indigenous vegetation: the
Eastern Cross Timbers originally had a forest; the
Grand Prairie was nearly treeless with the exception
of timber in ribbon-like patches along the larger
streams; and the Black Prairie had scattered groves of
trees. These differences represent responses to dif-
ferent amounts of precipitation but especially to differ-
ent compositions of soil.
The drainage pattern of Denton county is simple.
The rocks underlying the western prairie and the cen-
tral timbered belt have a southeast dip and the surface
drainage is in a southeast direction toward the Trinity
via Elm Fork. The Grand Prairie is dissected by more
streams than the Black Prairie. The western half of
the county is drained by three important creeks which
have carved out fairly parallel courses toward the Elm
Fork of the Trinity. The interstream area between
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/54/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.