Named for John B. Denton, the City of Denton was established in 1857. A lawyer, preacher and soldier, Denton is buried underneath the courthouse lawn in the center of the city's historic downtown square. Several prominent structures remain from the days of early settlement. The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum highlights historic photographs and artifacts from the time of the city's founding. Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the Little Chapel in the Woods in 1939. Other famous buildings restored for heritage tourism are the Davenport-Ivy House, Herrick House, Scripture Building and the Evers-Bly House.
Denton hosts several annual events to celebrate its heritage and the colorful, diverse cultures of its residents. Twilight Tunes, the Dog Days of Summer, the Cinco de Mayo celebration and the Denton Jazz and Arts festival attract thousands of visitors each year. Denton's Juneteenth celebration in Fred Moore Park is perhaps the city's most popular festival. Replete with a pageant, parade and gospel extravaganza, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. It is held in June to honor the date when General George Granger landed at Galveston with the news that the war was over and all the slaves were free.
Other attractions in Denton include the Hangar 10 Flying Museum, Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas exhibit, and a newly built recreational water park.
Denton also provides easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth and their numerous nationally recognized attractions, including Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the West End Marketplace, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Fort Worth Stockyards and several professional sports teams.