In The Weeds 7.26.12: The *Other* Denton, Texas
When searching the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website for weather forecasts for Denton, Texas, you will get *two* choices: Denton, Tx ( Denton County) and Denton, Tx (Callahan County). Its only taken me several years to decide to dig into this anomaly. The Handbook of Texas Online has it listed as Denton, Tx (Callahan County), whereas, the book I Remember Callahan, published by the Callahan County Historical Commission, has it referenced as “Denton Valley Community”.
However it is described, one thing both sources have in common is that it is considered a ghost town and had apparently been listed as a town as recently as 1990 with a population of six in 2000. The following website has a few pictures of the area but I have yet to find pictures of the town from the early 20th century: http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Denton-Texas.htm. At the Portal to Texas History, you can zoom in on an old land map here to see the land that G.W. Denton had patented. Look to the western part of Callahan County. Here’s the map again, because there needs to be at least one picture in this blog post!
I don’t know how many other states have had two communities with the same name but I imagine its probably very few. I wonder if mail was ever mis-sent or other accidents occured because of this? I searched the DRC online to see if there was any news reported of such, but no luck.
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