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PILOT POINT, TEXAS

German Town on the Prairie

Denton County, Central Texas North

3323'47"N 9657'31"W (33.396350, -96.958719)
US 377
6 miles S of Tioga
19 miles NE of Denton
50 miles N of Dallas
54 miles NE of Fort Worth
Population: 3,856 (2010) 3,538 (2000) 2,538 (1990)

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In the northeastern corner of Denton County - almost in Grayson County - lies a little town just waiting to be discovered. Or maybe not. Because with the explosive growth experienced by Denton County in recent years (and all the problems that come with it), Pilot Point may want to remain a well-kept secret.
Pilot Point Texas bank and antique store
Pilot Point Texas bank and antique store
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, November 2006
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Pilot Point, settled around the 1850s, experienced its fair share of Indian raids and frontier vigilantism. The town also supplied soldiers to the Confederate cause. But things really started happening after the Civil War. In 1877 telegraph wires connecting Sherman to Jacksboro ran through Pilot Point, and with two railroads stopping at the town, more and more settlers found themselves attracted to this growing community.

Pioneers, mainly of German heritage, came to Pilot Point at the urging of land speculators Emil and Joseph Flushe, who were busily promoting settlement in Muenster at the same time. Germans founded the St. Thomas Catholic Church and School, which anchored the community along with the many businesses, churches, and schools. The German influence on the town can be readily appreciated when looking at the old bank building. A massive stone and brick structure, the bank helped to finance most of the buildings in town as well as the railroads. Pilot Point also had an active African American community, with civic organizations and successful businesses.

While Pilot Point never grew into a larger town, it certainly is facing the threat of growth from the South. New subdivisions are popping up around the town all the time. Nestled in the rolling prairie just north of Lake Ray Roberts State Park, Pilot Point harks back to a quieter time in Denton County, before the suburban sprawl from Dallas began stretching its claws north. Today, most of Pilot Point's high-curbed downtown stands a little neglected, but its orderly and antique beauty is certainly still a jewel.


Robin Jett
Pilot Point Tx Central Christian Church
Pilot Point Central Christian Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Dr. Pepper ghost sign in Pilot Point Texas
Dr. Pepper ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
Pilot Point Texas dry good store
Dry good store
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, November 2006
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Pilot Point Texas tavern
A tavern
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, November 2006
Pilot Point Texas closed old gas station and pump
Closed old gas station and pump
Photo courtesy Robin Jett, November 2006
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Pilot Point Texas - Bearcats Water Tower
Pilot Point Bearcats water tower
Photo courtesy James Fagin, December 2001
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See also
Mustang, Texas -

Mustang, incorporated into Pilot Point, sits on Hwy 1385 in Denton county about 10 miles north of Hwy 380. The only thing left of what was the town is a very old church and a newer (80ish) baptist church... more

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Pilot Point, Texas Nearby Towns:
Denton the county seat
Dallas | Fort Worth
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