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A newcomer’s guide to Denton

A newcomer’s guide to Denton

August 11
19:07 2016

By Denisha McKnight | Intern Writer

Denton is a historically rich city rooted in art and music. Whether you’re enjoying local entertainment or looking over old relics, you’re going to take something away from this amazing city. Start your adventure at some these main attractions to unveil some Denton’s many treasures.

1. Courthouse-on-the-Square:
The beating heart of Denton and the centerpiece of the Square. The historic former courthouse has been around since the 1890s and is now a local museum everyone goes to get a glimpse of Denton history. Along with the museum, the courthouse lawn is, also, a go-to area for locals. On the courthouse lawn, outdoor yoga classes and small concerts bring a lot of excitement to the public. Also, John B. Denton’s, whom Denton county is named after, grave is on display for everyone to view. Courthouse-on-the-Square is located at the heart of the Square on 110 W. Hickory St.

2. Denton County African-American museum:
Denton’s history spreads further beyond the Courthouse-on-the-Square museum. The African-American museum encloses many artifacts and pictures tracing back to the first African-American neighborhood in Denton—Quakertown. What’s even more exciting is that the museum building is an actual home that was once a part of Quakertown.

3. Campus theatre:
Who doesn’t love movies? Whether you are a theatre head or just love a good show every once in awhile, this well-known theatre is the place to be. Whenever you are looking for something to do during the week and don’t want to stay confined to your house, the Campus Theatre hosts many plays and showcases many movies for the public to see since 1949.

4. UNT On the Square:
Showing eagle pride in an artistic way. This UNT art gallery exhibits many different art pieces that were created by fellow UNT art students. This summer, UNT on the Square will have a small event every Thursday where the public can come and view artwork while enjoying jazz music, which makes it a great place to mix and mingle with other fellow Dentonites.

5. November Devil statue:
A large cylinder showing a tornado of autumn leaves and debris molded into bronze metal captures the attention of many Denton bystanders. This sculpture, created by Denton county native David Iles, symbolizes the important elements that makes Downtown Denton great, art and music. If you are a person who loves adventure, within the statue, Iles left a guitar pick hidden in the debris of leaves. Many people who have viewed the statue find it, but many others don’t. The November Devil sculpture is the start of a new Denton journey to finding many other hidden gems within the city.

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