85R7692 KSM-D
  By: Stucky H.R. No. 189
         WHEREAS, Citizens from Denton County are gathering in Austin
  on March 1, 2017, to celebrate Denton County Day at the State
  Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Located in North Texas and serving as the gateway to
  the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Denton County was created from the
  Peters colony grant by the Texas Legislature in 1846 and named for
  pioneer preacher, lawyer, and soldier John Bunyan Denton; the early
  years of the county saw its emergence as an agricultural center, and
  the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s ensured that the region's
  wheat and cotton would find distribution across the country; and
         WHEREAS, The county has witnessed remarkable growth in recent
  years, and with a population of approximately 780,000, Denton is
  one of the fastest growing counties in the nation; it has drawn a
  number of corporate residents as well, including Peterbilt Motors
  Company Manufacturing and the headquarters of Sally Beauty
  Holdings, and Target and WinCo have opened distribution centers in
  the area; and
         WHEREAS, The city of Denton, the county seat, is home to the
  University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, which were
  founded as Texas Normal College and Girls' Industrial College in
  1890 and 1903, respectively; nearby Corinth hosts a campus of North
  Central Texas College, which offers technical and occupational
  classes to residents throughout the county and beyond, and the area
  is further served by 11 public school districts educating some
  125,000 young Texans; and
         WHEREAS, Other attractions in the area include the wilderness
  of the North Texas Greenbelt and the architecture of the Denton
  County Courthouse-on-the-Square; moreover, the county is part of
  the North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of
  horse farms in the nation, and it also boasts the second-largest
  sports facility in the United States, the Texas Motor Speedway,
  which draws hundreds of thousands of race fans each year; and
         WHEREAS, The citizens of this notable North Texas county are
  working to preserve the best of their past even as they look forward
  to a bright and promising future, and they are sure to figure
  prominently in the story of the Lone Star State in the years ahead;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 1, 2017, as Denton County Day at
  the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere
  best wishes for a meaningful and memorable stay in Austin.