Denton, Texas, a community founded in 1856, is the county seat of Denton County, Texas. With a population of more than one hundred thousand citizens, Denton occupies the northern tip of the so-called "Golden Triangle" formed by Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Each of the three cities is approximately forty miles apart.
There are two institutions of higher learning in Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas and Texas Women's University (which, in spite of the name, is coeducational). Together the two schools bring an enrollment of forty-five thousand to the community.
The University of North Texas, founded in 1890, has an undergraduate enrollment of 25,406 with 911 full-time faculty members and 311 part-time. It claims the largest College of Music in the United States and is especially well-known for its jazz program. In addition, the school has a College of Engineering and a prestigious early college entrance program
The Texas Women's University campus in Denton, Texas is one of four in the state. (TWU considers its online "e-learning" program to be a virtual fifth campus.) TWU produces more graduated nurses and health care professionals than any other institution in the state. The current undergraduate enrollment at the campus in Denton, Texas is approximately 11,300.
There are three lakes in Denton, Texas: Lake Grapevine, Lake Lewisville, and Lake Ray Roberts. Just fourteen miles to the south is the Texas Motor Speedway (still in Denton County, Texas), the home of two NASCAR Nextel cup motor races, the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 and the Dickies 500. Denton proper has four movie theaters and there are numerous restaurants and clubs reflecting the musical emphasis of the programs at the University of North Texas.
Local museums and exhibits in Denton, Texas include the Bayless-Selby House Museum, the Cookbook Collection at the University of North Texas (including twenty thousand items spanning some four hundred years), the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the Denton County Historical Museum and Texas Heritage Center, an exhibit of Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas at the University of North Texas, the Hangar 10 Flying Museum, and the University of North Texas Sky Theatre Planetarium.
There are plentiful accommodations in Denton, Texas including: the Best Western Denton Inn & Suites, Comfort Suites, Days Inn, the Desert Sands Motor Inn, the Doral Tesoro Hotel and Golf Club, Exel Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, the Heritage Inn, Howard Johnson Express Inn, LaQuinta Inn, Motel 6, Quality Inn & Suites, Radisson Hotel Denton, Ramada Inn, Royal Hotel Suites, Super 8 Motel, and the Wildwood Inn Bed and Breakfast and Restaurant.
With its proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth, Denton is part of the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area that dominates the economy and social life of North Texas. This bustling college town anchors the top point of the so-called "Golden Triangle," and is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.