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LEWISVILLE, TEXAS

Denton County, Central Texas North

33°2'18"N 97°0'22"W (33.038316, -97.006232)

About 15 Miles SE of Denton the county seat
24 Miles NW of Dallas
34 Miles NE of Ft. Worth
Population: 109,212 Est. (2019)
95,290 (2010) 77,737 (2000) 46,521 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

In 1844 John and Augustus King (father and son, respectively) moved here from Bonham, Texas although the community that formed was first called Holford Prairie (after brothers John and James Holford).
In the early 1850s The Texas Immigration and Land Company employed one Henry Hedgcoxe as administrator for property titles and plats. For his rigid enforcement of regulations, Hedgcoxe bred ill will with settlers which resulted in a rebellion sometimes referred to as “The Hedgcoxe War.” Although the rebellion bore his name, Mr. Hedgcoxe was the loser and was run out of town. The Holford brothers were bought out in 1853 by Basdeal W. Lewis who applied for a post office and modestly renamed the place after himself.

A gristmill appeared in 1862, shortly after the Civil War a cotton gin was opened – the first in Denton County. In 1881 The Dallas and Wichita Railroad arrived and the population began to grow, reaching a respectable 500 residents by 1900. In the mid 1920s the town incorporated and the population had increased to just over 800 residents. To insure a reliable supply of water, a dam was built on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Lewisville managed to get through the Great Depression with a (slight) gain in population. The 1940 census counted 873 residents and ten years later it had swollen to 1,509. The dam on Lake Lewisville was expanded and the construction of the Dallas / Ft. Worth airport helped with growth.

The 1960 census counted 5,439 residents. In the 1970s and 80s, Lewisville benefitted from major business relocations and by the time the 1990 census was taken, Lewisville could boast a population of 46,521. The 2000 census counted 77,737 residents.

Lewisville TX - Hebron Station
Hebron Station
A-train suburban rail station in Lewisville
33° 0' 37.03" N, 96° 57' 30.56" W (33.010286, -96.958489)

Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, August 2020
More Texas Depot

Photographer's Note:
"I accidentally found this historical marker at Hebron Station in Lewisville. The station is located near what used to be Vista Ridge Mall. The place underwent some changes and got renamed Music City Mall." - Clint Skinner

More Texas Music

Lewisville TX - Texas International Pop Festival historical marker
Texas International Pop Festival historical marker at Hebron Station
952 Lakeside Circle, Lewisville

Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, August 2020

Historical Marker: (At Hebron Station)

Texas International Pop Festival

The Texas International Pop Festival took place near this site during Labor Day Weekend, 1969. It was held two weeks after the Woodstock Music and Art Fair introduced much of Mainstream America to the "Hippie" Culture by way of news reports of the chaos that occurred there in part due to rainy weather and lax security. The Texas festival brought as many as 150,000 hippies, bikers, and music lovers to Lewisville, which at the time had a population of approximately 9,000 citizens.

The Dallas International Motor Speedway, situated along Interstate Highway 35 south of town, was chosen as the location for the event. Twenty-five musical acts, representing the genres of Soul, Blues, and Rock and Roll performed during the three days of the festival. Acts included Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago Transit Authority, Herbie Man, and a relatively unknown United Kingdom band called Led Zeppelin.

On the north side of Lewisville, a public campground situated on the shores of Lewisville Lake served the thousands of festival attendees. A small "free stage" was constructed at the campground and local bands were brought in to perform for the campers. The skinny-dipping in Lake Lewisville that resulted from the lack of shower facilities and the late summer heat drew much attention.

Many locals demanded that the festival be shut down because of the threat of violence and unsavory activity, but there were no acts of violence reported at the festival. However, area citizens were introduced to a culture that had previously been foreign to them and many who attended look back on the festival as a life-changing event.
2010



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Central Texas North

Lewisville, Texas Nearby Towns:
Denton the county seat
Sanger
Pilot Point
Carrollton
Dallas | Ft. Worth
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