“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Denton in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Christal House

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By Kayla Harper, August 1, 2020
1. Christal House Marker

Born to pioneers in 1859, James "Jim" Russell Christal was raised by his mother after age three when his father mysteriously died on a hunting trip at age 12. Jim started as a horse wrangler and eventually was hired as a cowboy on his cousin Burk Burnett's 6666 Range near Wichita Falls. Injuries forced him to return to Denton, where he started the Golden Hoof Farm, a showplace for award-winning sheep and cattle. He served as President of the Alliance Milling Company from 1900 to 1909. He also served as Vice President of the Exchange National Bank from 1909 to 1912, and President from 1912 to 1926. Between 1901 and 1911, he was a member of the Board of Regents at North Texas State Normal College, now known as the University of North Texas. A prolific reader, Christal was known to correspond with Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and others. Jim married Margaret McKenzie and had two children. He died in 1936, but left a legacy in Denton as a charitable man.

This house was built in 1906 for the Christals by Frank Craft, who had built other houses on West Oak. The house is High Victorian Italian Villa style, with a wide veranda on three
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sides. The veranda roof is supported by Corinthian Columns. The entrance is Palladian, with three leaded beveled glass side windows. The interior is Craftsman Style, made with tiger eye oak, birds eye maple floors and long leaf pine in common areas. The house has six fireplaces and two floors. The Christals made some modifications to the original structure, including the addition of a bay window in the front bedroom and enclosing the west rear porch to become part of the house. A carriage house behind the main house stored the horse and buggy used to return to the Golden Hoof Farm each weekend.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2015
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18102.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureEducationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 33° 12.944′ N, 97° 8.408′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on West Oak Street just east of Mounts Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 West Oak Street, Denton TX 76201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mounts-Wright House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Denton Senior High School
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By Kayla Harper, August 1, 2020
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Denton County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Denton County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Denton County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The City of Denton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
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By Kayla Harper, August 1, 2020
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2020. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas.   2. submitted on March 12, 2020.   3, 4. submitted on August 2, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas.

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