Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program


Photo by Wesley Clark


Denton is home to the University of North Texas, established in 1890, and the 1901 Texas Women’s University, making it a college town for more than a century. However, this Texas Lakes Trail city is probably best known for its jazz thanks to the award-winning ensemble called the One O’Clock Lab Band created by the University of North Texas’ jazz program. Since the band’s inception in the 1950s, the One O’Clock (named after the time of day rehearsals began) has performed all over the world, accumulating Grammy nominations and recording over 35 albums along the way. Denton may be all about jazz in the modern age but its attractions also include a list of important heritage sites including the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the Denton County African American Museum, and the Bayless-Selby House Museum. Its classic Romanesque Revival courthouse, built in 1897, has been restored with the assistance of the Texas Historical Commission’s Courthouse Preservation Program. Denton’s Main Street City status, together with a calendar of live events throughout the year including food, art and music festivals, make this city and its hopping historic downtown a heritage traveler’s destination of choice.

Watch the following video to learn more about Denton's historic downtown.  This video was produced for inclusion in the Town Square Walk Around mobile tour, more information about which you may find on the Texas Main Street Cities page at the following link:



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