Blue Mound, TX (Denton County)


By: Olga Borth Sauls

Type: General Entry

Published: November 1, 1994


Blue Mound, a scattered rural community on Interstate Highway 35 six miles northwest of Denton in Denton County, was founded by German-speaking people in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The site was originally called Indian Mound but was renamed Blue Mound for the local blue prairie flowers. In 1876 Herman Christian Barthold, Sr., and his family traveled by covered wagon from Springfield, Illinois, to begin the settlement. Later, many more Germans journeyed through the Midwest to Blue Mound, while still others immigrated to the community directly from Germany, most of them through the agency of John B. Schmitz. Community residents established a school, a German Baptist church, and a German Methodist church. In the early 1900s a Lutheran church in nearby Krum also served Blue Mound residents. Blue Mound's Methodist church, which conducted worship services in German until 1938, has survived since the 1890s. The Blue Mound community furnished the native limestone for the outer walls of the Denton County Courthouse, constructed in 1896. Although in the 1980s perhaps three-fourths of the residents in the Blue Mound area were descendants of the original German community, only limited aspects of German culture survived there. During the 1980s the former school building was still used as a community center.

Denton Record-Chronicle, December 23, 1975.
Categories:
  • Peoples
  • Germans
Places:
  • Communities

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Olga Borth Sauls, “Blue Mound, TX (Denton County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/blue-mound-tx-denton-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994

Place
Blue Mound
Currently Exists
No
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1352478
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Denton County
Associated Names

Indian Mound

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.29400590°
  • Longitude: -97.17862550°