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Pilot Point, Texas
Pilot Point Commercial Historic District
Pilot Point Commercial Historic District
Pointing the way since 1845
Location of Pilot Point in Denton County, Texas
Location of Pilot Point in Denton County, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
 • Total 4.35 sq mi (11.27 km2)
 • Land 4.35 sq mi (11.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total 3,856
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,040.71/sq mi (401.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-57476
GNIS feature ID 1365245

Pilot Point is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States. Its population was 3,856 at the 2010 census.


Pilot Point is located at 33°23′47″N 96°57′31″W / 33.39639°N 96.95861°W / 33.39639; -96.95861 (33.396350, -96.958719).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km2), all of it land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pilot Point has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 790
1890 1,090 38.0%
1910 1,371
1920 1,499 9.3%
1930 1,108 −26.1%
1940 1,122 1.3%
1950 1,176 4.8%
1960 1,254 6.6%
1970 1,663 32.6%
1980 2,211 33.0%
1990 2,538 14.8%
2000 3,538 39.4%
2010 3,856 9.0%
2019 (est.) 4,525 17.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 3,538 people, 1,205 households, and 885 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,160.7 people per square mile (447.9/km2). The 1,283 housing units averaged 420.9 per square mile (162.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.15% White, 4.64% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 8.88% from other races, and 2.23% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 14.92% of the population.

Of the 1,205 households, 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a single householder with no spouse present, and 26.5% were not families. About 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,212, and for a family was $47,097. Males had a median income of $31,981 versus $24,531 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,248. About 8.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Historical events

Pilot Point-Farmers and Merchants Bank
Farmers and Merchants Bank building, located at the northwest corner of the town square in Pilot Point, Texas

Pilot Point was platted on Christmas Day in 1853. G.W. Newcome was the surveyor, from Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas. The streets were laid out and lots were sold. One of the first buildings in the newly founded town was on the North side, a log building, home to the Star Drug Store operated by Dr. R.W. Eddleman and Alexander Cook, who came by covered wagon in 1852 from Missouri. Dr. Eddleman's brother-in-law, Major James Walcott, also built a General Store on the Northeast corner of the new town square. The town got its name from being the highest point in the area, thus an observation point for crossing the Trinity River. The wagon pilots nicknamed it "the Pilot's Point" long before there was a town. On October 13, 1908, several Holiness Christian groups came together and formed the Church of the Nazarene at Pilot Point. A memorial commemorating the event is located at the local Church of the Nazarene facility, approximately two blocks west of U.S. Highway 377. Other churches in the community hold particular historical significance in the community. First Baptist Church, Pilot Point Church of Christ and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are among the oldest, continuously functioning Christian congregations in the community. First Baptist Church claims an 1856 founding date that precedes the Civil War. Pilot Point Church of Christ claims a founding date of 1864 and boasts that it currently occupies the meeting house built by church founders in 1874 from timber hauled by ox-drawn carts from Shreveport, Louisiana. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church claims a founding date of the winter of 1891-1892. The Pilot Point Church of Christ and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are designated as historical sites by the Texas Historical Commission. Rev. J.L. Truett (the brother of the famous pastor George W. Truett of First Baptist Church-Dallas fame) was the first pastor and founder of Calvary Baptist Church which formed in 1907.

The City of Pilot Point, Pilot Point Post-Signal (newspaper), and Skinner Cemetery are also sites of local historical significance and are designated sites by the Texas Historical Commission. A series of memorial markers permanently installed in the center of the town square commemorates the service of multiple generations of men and women from the community and area who sacrificed their lives in military service, primarily in the 20th century.

Pilot Point is well known for its horse ranches, including several world and national show horse champions.


The city is served by the Pilot Point Independent School District.

Notable people

  • Frederick Edgar Ferguson, Medal of Honor recipient, born in Pilot Point
  • Colt Knost, PGA golfer, grew up in Pilot Point, state champion in 2003
  • G.A. Moore, Texas High School Football coach, member of the University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe, Roman Catholic bishop, born in Pilot Point

See also

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