Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square
Denton County Courthouse
|Area||0.2 acres (0.081 ha)|
|Architect||Wesley Clark Dodson|
|NRHP reference No.||77001438|
|Added to NRHP||December 20, 1977|
|Designated TSAL||May 28, 1981|
The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square is the former courthouse of Denton County located in the county seat Denton, Texas. The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square was constructed in 1896. In addition to county offices, the "Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum" also calls it home. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Courthouse is also the final resting place of John B. Denton, the county's and city's namesake.
In 1918, a monument to Confederate Soldiers was gifted to Denton by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and placed on the grounds of the Courthouse-on-the-Square. The monument was titled "Our Confederate Soldiers" and contained separate drinking water fountains at the base, with one side etched "whites" and the other "colored." The monument was removed on June 23, 2020, following decades of protest urging its removal, with the Denton County Commissioners citing the safety of the artifact as the reason for it being removed.
See also: Denton Confederate Soldier Monument
The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located at the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square. The museum is one of three Denton County museums, which also include the Bayless-Selby House Museum, and the Denton County African American Museum - both of which are located offsite.
The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum focuses on the history and culture of Denton County. Exhibits include African American and Hispanic heritage, farming, weapons, dolls, Southwest American Indian and Denton County pottery, furniture, and special collections of American pressed blue glass, thimbles, Pecan folk art and quilts.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Denton County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Denton County
- List of county courthouses in Texas
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Historic Courthouses in Texas". Texas Historical Commission. Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2008.
- "Confederate soldier statue removed from Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square". wfaa.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
- NBC5, Seth Voorhees. "Tests settle dispute over fountains on Denton's Confederate soldier monument". Denton Record-Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
- "Man spent 20 years protesting Confederate monument, it's now being removed". 23 June 2020.
- "Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum: Historic Exhibits and Special Collections". Archived from the original on May 27, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
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