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HIGHLAND VILLAGE, TEXAS

Denton County, Central Texas North

335'17"N 973'21"W (33.087940, -97.055874)

Near I-35E and FM 407
10 Miles SE of Denton the county seat
20 Miles NW of Dallas
E of Copper Canyon
NW of Lewisville
S of Hickory Creek
ZIP code 75077
Area code 972
Population: 16,668 Est. (2019)
15,056 (2010) 12,173 (2000) 7,027 (1990)

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Highland Village, Texas

By Clint Skinner

Located twenty miles northwest of Dallas in the southern region of Denton County, the city of Highland Village is bordered by Copper Canyon to the west and Lewisville to the south and east. The western branch of Lewisville Lake separates it from the town of Hickory Creek to the north. Situated near Interstate 35 East and Farm Road 407, the area saw little action during the nineteenth century, though some claim that outlaw Sam Bass liked to hide there on occasion.

The first settlers in the area came from Dallas, wanting a place to escape from the busy nature of living in the big city. The Clearwater Estates Development built the first house sometime between 1957 and 1958, beginning the pathway toward the establishment of a rural community. By 1963, the population had reached a hundred, most of them settling near the shore of Lewisville Lake.

That same year, Robert Duvall and Gene Smith decided that they wanted incorporate the town because Lewisville was growing and annexing land. They didn't want to be the next victim because the community's remoteness provoked a fear of being neglected by the local government. Gene's wife Jane wanted the name to be classy' leading to the requirement that Highland had to be somewhere in the name. The majority wanted to call the town Highland Park, but that name had already been taken. Because the inhabitants felt their home resembled a tiny village, a viewpoint enhanced by the fact that the whole area only covered two square miles, everyone settled upon Highland Village. The town was incorporated on February 14, 1963 with fifty-three voting in favor of the proposition and seven opposing the measure. Robert Duvall became the first mayor.

The town had 516 residents in 1970, which rose to 3,246 in 1980. By 1990, that number had risen to 7,027 and increased to 12,173 at the turn of the century. The population reached 15,056 in 2010.

Highland Village currently has its own fire and police service. Although its three elementary schools and single middle school are located within the border, Edward S. Marcus High School proudly stands in the city of Flower Mound. All educational facilities are part of the Lewisville Independent School District.

© Clint Skinner
October 27, 2020
Sources

  • Highlandvillage.org
  • The History of Highland Village: Celebrating 50 Years.
  • HighlandVillageTX. Youtube.com
  • Tshaonline.org
  • Wikipedia.org


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    Hickory Creek

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