Types of Historical Markers 

Historical Marker HeadingTexas Historical Commission Markers are by far the largest number of markers in the County and are found throughout the rural areas as well as in towns and cities. THC has three different types of markers: 

Subject Markers are educational in nature and reveal aspects of local history that are important to a community or region. They honor topics such as church congregations, schools, communities, businesses, events and individuals. 

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Markers are awarded to structures deemed worthy of preservation for their historical associations and architectural significance. The RTHL is a legal designation and comes with a measure of protection. It is the highest honor the state can bestow on a historic structure. 

Historic Texas Cemetery Markers are only for burial grounds previously approved for HTC Designation. These markers recognize the historical significance of a cemetery. Until just a few years ago, cemetery markers were listed as subject markers and did not require the HTC Designation. 

Historic Texas Cemeteries 

Denton County has 165 cemeteries. All of the 20 cemeteries listed below have received the Texas Historical Commission Historic Texas Cemetery Designation. This designation records the cemetery in the deed records at the Denton County Clerk's office. A number of the cemeteries will have a Texas Historical Commission Historic Texas Cemetery marker or medallion. Also, a number of the cemeteries will have a Texas Historical Commission Subject marker. 

The Historic Texas Cemetery Designation is a requirement for eligibility and must be obtained before a Historic Texas Cemetery application may be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission. HTC Designated cemeteries are not required to obtain a HTC marker. 

The HTC Designation program began in the late 1990s. Cemetery markers prior to that time were Subject markers. 

Cemeteries with Historic Texas Cemetery Marker or a HTC Medallion attached to a THC Subject Marker.  All have received HTC Designation.  Information on these cemeteries may be found in the section on Historical Markers:    

     Bolivar Cemetery, Bolivar
     Belew Cemetery, Aubrey
     Chinn's Chapel Cemetery, Copper Canyon
     Cooper Creek Cemetery, Denton
     Corinth Shiloh Cemetery, Corinth
     Flower Mound Cemetery, Flower Mound
     IOOF, Denton
     Oakwood Cemetery, Denton
     Old Alton Cemetery, Denton
     Plainview Cemetery, Denton
     Ritter Cemetery, Lewisville
     Skinner Cemetery, Pilot Point
     Taylor Family Cemetery, Oak Point

Cemeteries with Historic Texas Cemetery Designation and no markers:      

     Cassady Cemetery, Little Elm Area
     Clark Cemetery, Little Elm Area
     Dunham Cemetery, Roanoke and Argyle Area
     Fox Hembry Cemetery, Lewisville
     Harrington Cemetery, Little Elm Area
     Jeter Cemetery, Bartonville
     Kelsay Cemetery, Roanoke
     Sams-Burnett-Mennerly Cemetery, Drop 
     Wolf- Foster Cemetery, Roanoke Area

Centennial Markers are the earliest and oldest of Denton County historical markers. The State erected 1,100 markers in 1936. They were placed throughout the state to commemorate the 100th birthday of Texas independence from Mexico. Sponsored by the Texas Legislature, they help tell the real stories of Texas heroes and key moments in our state's history. 

Denton County Centennial Markers:

  • John B. Denton
  • Denton County
  • Pioneer Woman
  • John Simpson Chisum Homesite
  • Old Alton Memorial 

Sesquicentennial Markers: In 1986 Texas Historical Commission subject markers were listed as Sesquicentennial Markers in celebration of the 150th birthday of Texas. 

Denton County Sesquicentennial Markers:

  • Good Hope Cemetery
  • Old Hall Cemetery
  • Bridges Cemetery

The National Register of Historic Places is a federal program administered by THC in coordination with the National Park Service. Listing in the National Register provides national recognition of a property's historical or architectural significance and denotes that it is worthy of preservation. 

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Denton County:

Central Roanoke Historic District 
Date listed: 5/29/08

Cranston Site, Address Restricted, Denton. 
Date listed: 8/12/82 

*Denton County Courthouse, Public Square, Denton 
Date listed: 12/20/77 

Johnson Farm, Johnson Branch Park, Lake Ray Roberts 
Date listed: 11/17/94 

Jones Farm, Johnson Branch Park, Lake Ray Roberts, Sanger 
Date listed: 12/7/94 

Lambert, J.C., Site, Address Restricted, Denton 
Date listed: 8/21/82 

*Old Alton Bridge, Copper Canyon Road, Copper Canyon 
Date listed: 7/8/88 

Pilot Point Downtown Historic District
Date listed: 8/30/07 

*Old Continental State Bank, 312 Oak Street, Roanoke 
Date listed: 7/22/86 

Roark-Griffith Site, Address Restricted, Denton 
Date listed: 7/22/86 

Serren, A.H., Site, Address Restricted, Denton 
Date listed: 8/21/82 

Wilson-Donaldson Site, Address Restricted, Denton 
Date listed: 8/21/82 

Denton Courthouse Square Historic District, Denton County Courthouse on the Square, Denton 
Date listed: 12/28/00 

Gregory Road Bridge at Duck Creek Approx. 5 mile West of Lois Road, North Denton County Line, Denton 
Date listed: 1/14/04 (delisted Nov. 2011; new application to be submitted)

*Rector Road Bridge at Clear Creek, Approximately 2.5 SE of Sanger 
Date listed: 1/14/04. Moved to Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton, now listed as Rector Road Bridge at Guyer High School.

*Has National Register Medallion and Plaque 

Denton County Historical Commission Markers are the newest markers in the county. The program preserves local history and recognizes sites, individuals, events, significant architecture, etc. which may or may not be eligible for state recognition, but are of specific interest to the history of Denton County.

Denton County Historical Commission
110 W. Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 349.2860