The formation of Denton is closely tied with that of Denton County.White settlement of the area began in the middle of the 1800s when William S.
In the 1980s, heavy manufacturing companies like Victor Equipment Company and Peterbilt joined older manufacturing firms such as Moore Business Forms and Morrison Milling Company in Denton.
The population jumped from 66,270 in 1990 to 80,537 in 2000.
Located on the far north end of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas on Interstate 35, Denton is known for its active music life; the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and 35 Denton Music Festival attract over 300,000 people to the city each year.
The city experiences hot, humid summers and relatively few extreme weather events.
North Texas Normal College, now the University of North Texas, was established in 1890, and the Girls' Industrial College, now Texas Woman's University, was founded in 1903.
As the universities increased in size, their impact on Denton's economy and culture increased.
Peters of Kentucky obtained a land grant from the Texas Congress and named it Peters Colony.
After initial settlement in the southeast part of the county in 1843, the Texas Legislature voted to form Denton County in 1846.
Pickneyville and Alton were selected as the county seat before Denton was named for that position in 1857.