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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
portion of the Grand Prairie, on the interstream area of
Denton and Clear Creeks. The lowest part of the
county, near Lewisville, is 484 feet. Therefore, the
range in gradient for the county is about 516 feet.
The chief economic activity of Denton County is
farming, and the Grand Prairie area of the county has
built up a national reputation in growing wheat. The
wheat grown throughout Texas comes from the red
winter wheat varieties, indigenous to Turkestan. One
writer states that such wheat was brought to Maryland
from the Mediterranean Sea region in 1837. Another
writer says that Genoa, Italy, sent wheat to Delaware
in 1819. About the middle of the nineteenth century,
however, cultivation of this type of wheat spread rapid-
ly westward. It has been grown in scattered parts of
Texas since about 1881, and it was at this time, also,
that it first appeared in Denton County. About ten
counties in north central Texas have tested Denton
wheat and are now planting that variety. According to
the 1930 census Denton County ranked tenth among
the 254 counties of Texas in both wheat acreage and
wheat production, and all of the nine counties surpass-
ing Denton County in the cultivation of wheat are
Panhandle counties, where the topography is exceed-
ingly level and competition with other crops is a negli-
gible factor. The 1930 census gives Denton County
49,983 acres in wheat with a production of 685,543
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/77/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.