Bartonville, Texas, located eight miles south of Denton in south central Denton County, was originally part of the Chinn's Chapel settlement, established in 1853 by Elisha Chinn. Chinn's Chapel eventually became three small communities: Bartonville, Shiloh, and Waketon. Settled in 1878, Bartonville was named after T. Bent Barton. In 1886 a local post office was established, and by 1890 Bartonville had twenty-five residents, a general store, a gristmill, and a cotton gin, all owned by the Barton family. Bartonville's population rose to an estimated 100 in 1896, and the town had three general stores. Bartonville's post office was closed in 1905.
In 1960, with cities such as Irving looking to expand northward, local residents feared annexation and Bartonville incorporated for the first time. The town then included Double Oak and Copper Canyon, as well as present-day Bartonville. Once the fear of annexation subsided a few years later, Bartonville citizens voted for dis-incorporation. The population in Bartonville reached 380 by 1966.
The present town of Bartonville encompassing 6.8 square miles incorporated in 1973. The town has continued to grow as part of the general development of the area north of Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. Bartonville is adjacent to the master-planned Lantana residential development, which is currently not incorporated.
Town of Bartonville's Texas Historical Marker
Texas Historical Commission, THC, markers commemorate diverse topics from the history and architecture of houses, commercial buildings, and religious congregations to events that changed the course of local and state history and individuals who have made lasting contributions to Texas. A subject qualifies for a marker provided two criteria, historical significance and age, are met. This designation honors the subject as an important and educational part of local history. Learn more about the Texas Historical Commission and the Marker Program.
At the request of citizens, the Town of Bartonville began pursuing in October 2014 a historical marker for the 130-year-old Bartonville Store. Council Member Betty Medlock volunteered to spearhead the application project, working with the Denton County Historical Commission to fulfill the necessary requirements. Due to changes in the Commission's policies regarding "site of" markers, the Commission advised the scope of the project be expanded to focus on the entire history of the Bartonville community, with the Bartonville store as a component of the story.
With that direction, a narrative was written according to THC requirements, reviewed by the Denton Historical Commission, and submitted to the THC who announced their selections in January 2016. Of the hundreds of applications submitted across the state, a small number receive the marker honor. Bartonville received approval, and the marker was placed at Town Hall.
The Town Council thanks Council Member Medlock for conducting the research and completing the narrative, and former resident Jim Morris for his Bartonville historical research contributions.
Town of Bartonville and Denton County dignitaries presented the Dedication of the Official Texas Historical Marker on April 22, 2017.
For details of the application, you can read the narrative (PDF) that was submitted,