My Fellow Dentonians,
Like most historic towns, Denton is haunted by stories of a forgotten past.
After trips to many cities with their own ghost tours that also excavate the origins of local personalities and places, I wondered why Denton doesn’t have its own haunted history tour and my natural curiosity turned into a research project. As demonstrated by the recent “On the Record: Denton, Then and Now” publication by UNT‘s student paper, there is demand and interest in our city’s colorful history. I am preparing to launch a Historic Ghost Tour that is faithful to this past while also entertaining with stories of ghosts and hauntings. To accomplish this latter goal, I need your help collecting oral stories of the forgotten people, events, places, and eerie happenings that continue to haunt Denton’s nooks and dwellings. I intend to collect this haunted history for a walking tour of the Denton Square that both educates and entertains as it promotes local businesses and archival attractions with stories of John Denton, Sam Bass, Bonnie & Clyde, and more!
I am soliciting interviews, either by e-mail or in person, that share stories of North Texas ghosts and hauntings that might educate the curious about Denton’s forgotten places and colorful past. We seek to educate through storytelling and have fun doing it, first and foremost. I am not out to exploit or sensationalize (Well, okay, maybe a mite with chilling tales of spooky specters and haunted happenings). Rather, I hope to tantalize a desire to explore the history of places and attractions that most may take for granted because they tread these streets daily. The University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University are already rich sources of oral lore, but few are aware of the fascinating tales of the Denton Square or Frye Street and Quakertown. My goal is to then offer a Tour Premiere of HAUNTS OF DENTON & Ghost Tour for Denton historians, local business owners, and the contributors of oral stories by early October 2011 so you can see for yourselves what we look to offer.
If you or someone you know might be interested in offering up ghostly tales or haunted happenings, then please contact me by e-mail or share your stories in the comments (just click on the word balloon up by this entry’s heading). I very much look forward to swapping stories about the intriguing Haunts of Denton!