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PILOT KNOB (Denton County). Pilot Knob is a 900-foot-high protrusion located (at 33°09' N, 97°12' W) southwest of Denton on the eastern edge of the Grand Prairiesqv, one of three major physiographical regions in Denton County. The knob, capped by dark brown arenaceous ironstone, consists mostly of sandstone. Centuries of running water have formed three cement-like sandstone ledges which, from a distance, resemble a ship's lookout; hence the name Pilot Knob. Because it was one of the highest points in north central Texas, Pilot Knob was used as a lookout station or signal point by members of the Caddo Indian confederacy, by Spanish and American pioneers, and later by Texas Rangersqv. At one time Sam Bass used it for a hideout. In the 1890s it became a favorite picnic spot for family outings.


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

"PILOT KNOB (DENTON COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.