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The spooky season is here, and you can catch a DENTON HAUNTS ghost tour on a couple of special dates, and don’t miss the Denton County Office of History & Culture’s PARK AFTER DARK tours of the murder mystery surrounding the Phantom Farmer of the Bayless-Selby House!

If that ain’t enough, you can visit these 5 most haunted places in Denton from WDDI, and most of last year’s local Haunted Attractions are at it again this year. There are also plenty of scary movies and Denton’s Day of the Dead to check out! Have a spooky but safe Halloween, friends!

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Halloween 2017

Posted: October 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Another Halloween season is upon us, and we have a few special scares happening for charity. First is the very special one-night-only DENTON COURTHOUSE GHOST TOUR for Denton Evening Rotary that takes you to the top of the historic landmark on Friday the 13th!

There is also a special Sunday evening ghost walk on October 15th for a student filmmaker, and we will also be helping Denton Women’s Night Bike with a Haunted Bicycle Tour of a few haunted spots around town on Tuesday October 17.

This guide to HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS IN DENTON TX from last year is still helpful, we should be updating that info soon for a post. But do not miss the PARK AFTER DARK tours from Denton County Office of History & Culture on October 20 and 21… it is amazing!

Proving that history can indeed be a heckuva lot stranger than science fiction, today’s installment revisits a wacky wave of “Mystery Airship” reports that flooded Texas newspapers in 1897. Long before the infamous Roswell UFO crash sparked the public imagination and endless alien conspiracy theories in 1947, folks in Denton were spying odd “Aerial Travelers” during an outbreak of sightings between 1896 and 1897 that sounded like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel.

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“WHOA! Jumpin’ Jehosephat, bro, if I had an iPhone I’d totally Twitter this!”

The earliest autumn sightings were in California, but hundreds of reports quickly spread east into the Midwest and Texas by the following spring. You may have heard about the most famous sighting that occurred in Aurora, TX on April 17, 1897, which has been the subject of several books and numerous TV investigations, because it spectacularly crashed and locals purportedly buried it’s pilot thought to be “a native of the planet Mars” in their cemetery. The Aurora Spaceman’s graveyard even has a State Historical marker! The literally hundreds of other eyewitness encounters with various Mystery Air-Ships across Texas both before and after, however, are even more insanely entertaining and fantastically bizarre.  Read the rest of this entry »

old-alton-bridge2Halloween season is upon us and the cool weather couldn’t have got here soon enough! Of course it also means we can look forward to some of Denton’s favorite fall events, like Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival and Coffin Races along with a slew of great GDAC programs and the CHOSM Park After Dark. We’ll have a line-up of other local Halloween events next week, but first let’s have a gander at a few of Denton’s top haunted places that you can easily explore… if you dare.

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Denton’s Springtime weather may be kooky and unpredictable, but one thing you can always count on are the offbeat sights and wacky underground events that keep our weekend social calendars full of choices that’d fluster even wise ole Solomon. One of these backyard traditions is the legendary QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN JESUS Chili Cookoff, which ain’t too underground anymore but for years was held at various “undisclosed locations” back in the day. Here’s an unedited look at the history of this Holy Spirited Hootenanny that we shared with We Denton Do It.

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The QFTGJ trophy proudly displayed by last year’s 2015 winners, Team Andy & Nic. Photo by Melissa Carr.

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Halloween season in Denton means a plethora of spooky events blow into town along with the wet brisk weather, which is totally ideal conditions for sharing ghost stories with friends around a fire! Well gather around, ye Denton faithful, so I can share with you the strange spooky tale of the Hipster Haint known only as “The Dude” who still wanders the offices of Denton’s Grammy-winning musicians and legendary local Nuclear Punk Polka deities, BRAVE COMBO.

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The Bayless-Selby House after it’s restoration may still be home to lingering spirits!

The Bayless-Selby House after it’s restoration may still be home to lingering spirits!

It’s Halloween season again in Denton, with Day Of The Dead and coffin races and all manner of spooky fun to choose from! The approach of All Hallows Eve also means its time to share another one of Denton’s nifty ghost stories with We Denton Do It!! We’ve previously scooped y’all on The 1963 Pecan Creek Monster Hunt, some of Denton’s Ghostly Guardians, and our most famous specter that is said to haunt The Old Alton Goatman’s Bridge… but I’ll bet you haven’t heard about The Phantom Farmer said to still be mulling around the Bayless-Selby House Museum in our Denton County Historic Park! This story has it all: betrayal, murder, scandal, and more’n just a little lingering intrigue in this honest-to-gosh HAUNTED HOUSE since back in the day. [EDIT: here’s the DRC account of the haunted happenings!]  Read the rest of this entry »

Chronicling Denton History

Posted: August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized
Confederate veterans from the Sul Ross Camp pose in front of the Denton TX Courthouse during a 1902 reunion.

Confederate veterans from the Sul Ross Camp pose in front of the Denton TX Courthouse during a 1902 reunion.

If you’d like to get caught up on our Denton history feature “Back in the Day” that we contribute to Denton’s best arts & culture blog WE DENTON DO IT, here’s what we’ve been writing about since the last update:

The Confederate Soldiers Monument on the south side of the Denton Courthouse Square has again rightly come under scrutiny after #BlackLivesMatter controversies in the national news, but what is the deal with how the Confederate Monument got there, anyway? You can then check out the moving story of Denton desegregation via high school football in our ‘When We Were All Broncos’ documentary review, and the moving story of Denton’s Civil Rights Mavens of Integration who eased the transitions for schoolkids. There’s also an essay on important Juneteenth history that has shaped our African-American communities in Texas.

1918 UDC Confederate Soldier Memorial.

1918 UDC Confederate Soldier Memorial.

The amazing Women of Denton Past tells about some notable ladies-about-town, as does our “Ode to Denton Foremothers” done for Mother’s Day.

Denton had its fair share of wonky weather in 2015, which reminded us of “The Great Blue Norther of 1911” that was a wild winterpocalypse!

This past spring, we created a fun scavenger hunt true to the legends of Sam Bass Gold said to be hidden in and around Denton!

Denton also has a lot of weird offbeat Denton sites, which you can check out in our first installment and then volume two to plan your urban adventures!

Young Ladies of Denton's Quakertown district

Young Ladies of Denton’s Quakertown district

African-American History Month offers an important opportunity to look back at Denton’s own intriguing past for our citizens of color. Today we’re gonna look at the true facts behind the historical fiction White Lilacs (1993), Carolyn Meyer’s novelization of the forced eviction for Denton’s African-American Quakertown district during the 1920s. The haunting history behind Meyer’s story offers us critical reminders why Black History Month is so necessary to counter persistent political revisionism that impairs our public memory.

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Denton TX is full of history and mystery, and a storied past full of “School Spirit” beyond just UNT and TWU. The detective work of founding father Sheriff C.A. Williams on “The Prairie Match Mystery” maybe could’ve changed history in 1860, and Denton’s Christian Women Interracial Fellowship did make history as “Civil Rights Mavens of Integration” in the 60s and 70s. There’s also some local food history about “Denton’s 1950 Foodie Flashback” over at our We Denton Do It “Back In The Day” column!