Denton, Texas was permanently settled in 1857. Denton is a place with small town charm while still offering many interesting and fun places to visit. If you are in Denton and in search of some historical locations to visit, then we have got you covered.
Here are 4 must see historic sites in Denton.
Courthouse on the Square
The Denton courthouse was built in 1895. The old courthouse is now utilized as a museum that houses tons of information on the area operated by the Denton County Office of History and Culture. The museum is welcoming of all residents and visitors by offering free admission. When you visit, you are offered a guided tour of the museum and given information about Denton’s history. They have a large collection of historic documents and artifacts as well as a beautiful lawn surrounding the courthouse that is great for relaxing and taking in the historic architecture.
Little Chapel in-the-Woods
Designed by the late O’Neil Ford, the Little Chapel has been named one of Texas’ 20 most outstanding architectural achievements according to the Texas State Historical Association. As you walk into the Little Chapel in-the-Woods you are entering into a tradition. Located on the edge of Texas Women’s University, the chapel is a secluded sanctuary that has held weddings since September 1939, a few months before its dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt. The natural beauty that surrounds the Little Chapel is harmonized by the beautiful interior stain glass windows that were designed by some of the former TWU art students. The chapel was placed a little removed from classrooms and dormitories in a wildflower garden and grove of trees, a beautiful sight that is a must see.
Old Alton Bridge
If you are wanting to check out a little more of a “thrill seeking” location, then you should go to the Old Alton Bridge. Built in 1884, the bridge’s original purpose was the carry horses and automobiles across the river. Also known as Goatman’s Bridge, this site has been visited by many ghost hunters over the years. Denton locals will say that if you head to the bridge at midnight and knock three times on the steel frame, you can summon a ghostly creature called the Goatman. Despite the ghost stories, the Old Alton Bridge is still a beautiful place to visit. If you are not looking for a thrill, you can still go visit during the day for a lovely stroll.
Denton Firefighters Museum
The Denton Firefighters Museum takes visitors on a journey to honor brave firefighters both past and present. The museum hosts a collection of fascinating memorabilia from the 1800s to modern day, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience the evolution of firefighting over the years. Located inside the lobby of the historic Central Fire Station, The Denton Firefighters Museum features intriguing, historic collectibles including a hose cart from the 1800s and equipment from a 1935 ladder truck. When you visit you can even try on a uniform and take a step back in time.
Those are just 4 of the amazing historical places to visit in Denton. Your friends at Laura’s Locksmith and Security Store encourage you to go and check them out for yourself to be immersed in some of the history of Denton, Texas!