Denton County rich in history

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Afew big red rocks lining several alleyways in Denton appear to be remnants of some long-forgotten foundation or building cornerstone.

But, as it were, these rocks are remnants of a proposed pyramid Denton resident A.G. Lee decided the world needed back in 1907. He had plans to build one on his farm as a monument to John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world at the time.

Though it might appear an odd mission in today’s fast-paced technological world, it was quite avant-garde at a time when monuments to presidents were being chiseled into the side of Mount Rushmore.

But despite amassing a 100-foot pile of boulders for a 200-foot-by-200-foot base, the pyramid — alas — was never built.

A local historian spotted the long-forgotten project among old news stories and began searching for the remnants of that long ago rock pile.

A few were found near Teasley and Londonderry lanes. Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Office of History and Culture, was among the group locating the large rocks — rocks she believes just might serve as another possible historical marker for the county.

We have much in Denton County revered for its historical relevance — from the Bayless-Selby House, now a museum, to our beloved Denton County Courthouse on the Square where our namesake, John B. Denton, is buried. The county also sports a prehistoric site near the Lewisville Lake shores in Lewisville, several buildings affiliated with renowned architect O’Neil Ford, the Old Alton Bridge of iron built in 1884, and much more.

In fact, the Denton County website lists 111 historical markers.

Not only is Denton known nationally and internationally as a music incubator, it also has a long list of sports figures and performers who have been a part of this city’s fabric — names such as Pat Boone, Nora Jones, Roy Orbison, Mean Joe Greene as well as several Grammy winners — to name just a few.

And if you look on RoadsideAmerica.com, you’ll see we’re noted for the giant jackalope smoker on Bolivar Street and the World’s Largest Ball of Barbed Wire. Denton County also has been recognized for the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.

All of this doesn’t even take into account the fact that we’re home to not one, but two well-known and long-established state universities, that we’re among the fastest-growing counties in the country and that we are the third city at the apex of the Golden Triangle with Fort Worth and Dallas.

Denton County is not only rich with history — from the days when pioneers passed through on stagecoach to now — but also rich with personality.

And we’ve a bright economic horizon to boot.


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