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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
between thirty and fifty bushels of nuts and about one
ton of hay. In 1930 the county gave 8,856 acres entire-
ly to peanuts, the acreage having increased since then.
In the area west and northeast of Lewisville, especially,
has the peanut crop increased. Some of the peanut land
is used for grazing hogs. It is of interest here to men-
tion that one of the oldest herds of pure bred Poland
China hogs in Texas is in Denton County.
Another small industry with some possibility for ex-
-..pansion locally is the bee and honey industry. In 1930
over three hundred farms in the county had 1,592 bee
hives. The number has likely increased.
Denton County is particularly noted for fine pecans.
About three miles east of Denton in the black soil along
Pecan Creek in the Cross Timbers belt is a pecan or-
chard of two hundred acres. The owner of the farm
planted the pecan trees in 1918 and since 1928 the
orchard has produced a splendid commercial crop of
nuts. In 1935 the average price per pound for these
pecans was twenty cents, but for the preceding four or
five years the average price was twenty-seven cents per
pound. Twenty different varieties are grown. This
one man gathers from his crop 'about ten thousand
pounds per year and this has been the record for the last
six years. Between the nut trees are planted fruit trees,
berries, and grapes. Thus the owner is able to capita-
lize on several crops from the same farm. This last
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/95/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.