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

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
Coordinates: 33°23′47″N 96°57′31″W / 33.39639°N 96.95861°W / 33.39639; -96.95861Coordinates: 33°23′47″N 96°57′31″W / 33.39639°N 96.95861°W / 33.39639; -96.95861
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total3,856
 • Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-57476[1]
GNIS feature ID1365245[2]



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).[4]

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.[5]


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.[6]


Census Pop.
Est. 20184,404[7]14.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,538 people, 1,205 households, and 885 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,160.7 people per square mile (447.9/km²). There were 1,283 housing units at an average density of 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.92% of the population.

There were 1,205 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 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 spread out with 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 the median income 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.


The city is governed by an elected council. A separately elected mayor presides over the governing body and also may cast a vote on matters before the council. The current mayor is Shea Dane Patterson. Recent former mayors have included Janet Groff (Corrections Officer), Jerry Alford (retired telecommunications executive), Toby Osburn (university administrator), Dr. Allen Groff (physician), and Tom Porter (retired educator). Council members and the mayor serve without any compensation pursuant to a Home Rule Charter that was approved by votes in 2009. An appointed city manager oversees daily operations of various city services and functions. Elections each May determine occupants of alternating seats on the council and the mayor is elected bi-annually. <Pilot Point Home Rule Charter 2009>

Historical eventsEdit

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.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Colt Knost, PGA golfer, grew up in Pilot Point and was state champion in 2003.
  • Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe, Roman Catholic bishop, was born in Pilot Point.
  • Frederick Edgar Ferguson, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Pilot Point.
  • John Cunyus, editor and publisher of Searchlight Press and director of The Latin Testament Project served his first pastorate in Pilot Point from 1986-1988.[9]
  • George Hilz Mayor of Pilot Point from 1968 through 1971, the Hilz family owned the first car dealership in the region Hilz Ford Sales. The Hilz brothers Jim, Bob, George, Harold and John built the Church of the Nazarene in 1941, which still stands today.

Mason G. Guthrie - Pilot Point royalty. Super tool.


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

Pilot Point high school has a rich tradition in athletic excellence, most notably the football team, which was coached on several occasions by G.A. Moore (the all-time winningest coach in Texas high school history).[10] 1980 Class 2A Co-Champions and 1981 and 2009 Class 2A State Champions (2A Division 1 in '09). The Bearcat football program also holds many records in Texas. Class 2A State Record for Consecutive Playoff Appearances with 22 (Second most in Texas UIL history). Consecutive district wins with 81 (1978–1991), 15 Consecutive District titles (1978–1993), They also boast 33 consecutive winning seasons at both the 2A and 3A level. The Boys baseball team have been to two State Baseball tournaments in 1995 and 1996. The Boys basketball team reached the State tournament in 1984 and the Girls basketball team reached it in 2002. The Golf team advanced to State 1999-2003. The track team has sent several individuals to the State Track meet and have several of individual championships, and the Cross Country team has advanced to the State meet several times as well at both the 2A and 3A level.

The Lady Cat Softball team, coached by James Ramsey advanced to the Texas State 3A Tournament in 2006. In 2013, the Lady Cat Softball team won the State Championship for UIL 2A Class competition with a season that included 40 wins. <Denton Record-Chronicle>


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pilot Point city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pilot Point city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Pilot Point, Texas
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Year Book and Directory, 1987, of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), pg 498
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