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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
and southern Texas to be driven "across" the wooded
area and on to the plains again. The old Chisum Trail
passed through the western part of Denton County.
The fact that further west was another sandy, timbered
strip, wedged in between prairies, is responsible for the
name "Eastern"; hence the name "Eastern Cross Tim-
bers." It is interesting to say in this connection that
"the first notice of the Cross Timbers belts in the Cre-
taceous in Texas was made by William Kennedy, an
Englishman, who came to Texas to study the geology
when the area was still a Republic. He returned to
England in 1841 and published an extended report on
Texas, together with a compiled topographic map of
the state. In this report he mentioned the 'Cross Tim-
bers.' In 1884 when the Tenth Census was published,
the Cross Timbers was mapped. Dr. Robert T. Hill,
1902, gave the name 'Woodbine' to the formation."
The Cross Timbers has a land surface gently rolling
to strongly rolling in some parts, though one would
hardly say the "Cuesta type" is in much evidence. Oc-
casionally, however, the topography takes on a knob-like
character. The business section of the city of Denton is
built on one of these low knobs. And Pilot Knob, about
nine miles southwest of Denton or three miles west of
Argyle, is another example. Pilot Knob is the most
significant geologic formation in the county. It is a
beautiful spot, heavily timbered, and frequently visited
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/89/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.