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Pilot Point, Texas
Pilot Point Texas History:
Settlers began arriving in the area as early as 1845. George Newcomb platted the Town Square on Christmas Day in 1853, making Pilot Point the oldest town in Denton County. James Pierson platted the town in 1854. The Pilot Point post office was established in 1855. During the Civil War the men of Pilot Point organized their own Confederate company of 101 men under Capt. N. Wilson. While the men were at war, the town was plagued by horse and cattle thieves so residents formed the Regulators vigilante group and meted out their own justice, hanging six cattle rustlers in one day. Spoon Butler, who claimed to be a former federal soldier, roamed the county stealing jewelry and silver spoons before he was hanged from a post oak near the square. The town incorporated in 1866, dis-incorporated in 1878 and reincorporated in 1906. The Texas and Pacific Railway arrived in 1880. When the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway arrived it leased and operated on the Texas and Pacific track. In the early 1890s,the Flusche brothers and local landowner J.M. Sullivan increased the town’s population by promoting the town to German Catholics.By 1914 Pilot Point had 1,371 residents. During the Great Depression the population fell to 1,108 residents. The downtown commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the town is a member of the Texas Main Street Program. A gazebo is located on the historic downtown square which is bound by Johnson, Washington, Liberty and Main Streets. Nearby Tioga, Texas is the birth site of Gene Autry. For years Tioga held an annual Gene Autry Music Festival at the Gene Autry Festival Grounds. Pilot Point is the closest town to Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Pilot Point is located just east of Lake Ray Roberts and north of Lake Ray Roberts State Park at the intersection of FM 455 and U.S. 377, 20.8 miles north of Little Elm and Lake Lewisville, 7 miles north of Aubrey, 20.8 miles northeast of Denton, 15.6 miles northeast of Sanger, 35 miles southeast of Gainesville, 19 miles south of Whitesboro, 13 miles slightly southwest of Collinsville, 6 miles southwest of Tioga, 46 miles southwest of Denison, 36 miles northwest of McKinney, 25 miles northwest of Prosper, and 13.4 miles northwest of Celina, Texas.
Historic Pilot Point Walking Tour Brochure:
Many of the town’s historic buildings are located around the 1853 historic square. The square is bound by Main, Liberty, Johnson and Washington Streets. Tour maps are available from City Hall. You may also click and download the walking tour brochure.
Historic Pilot Point Jail, 1880:
The jail was built of native stone. This is the site of the hanging of Spoon Butler during the Civil War. 211 W. Liberty Street.
Historic One Room Bloomfield Schoolhouse, 1883:
The school was originally located 5 miles northwest of town and west of the Isle de Bois Unit of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park under what is now Ray Roberts Lake. Prior to the impounding Lake Ray Roberts, this schoolhouse was moved to the University of North Texas campus in Denton. In 1993 it was returned to Pilot Point to its present location. Living history educational classes are available for 4th graders. Tours are available by appointment. (940) 686-6488. (940) 686-5385. The schoolhouse is located one block off the downtown historic square at 316 S. Washington Street.
Pilot Point Community Opera House, 1894:
The opera house was originally the R.T. Evans Hardware store. The 300 seat Queen Theatre opera house was added as a second floor in 1894. A non-profit corporation was established to raise funds to restore the Opera house. The restoration is partially completed and the house has hosted its first play in a hundred years. More funds are needed. In Pilot Point you can stop by Jay's Cafe or Löwbröws, Point Bank or the North Star Bank to learn more. (940) 686-0737. (940) 868-0093. (940) 868-5072. The Opera House is located on the west side of the downtown square at 110 South Washington Street.
Pilot Point Community Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, movies and audio books, exam proctoring, a local history archives, computer classes, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue-Fri, 8:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 9am-2pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. (940) 686-5004. 324 S. Washington Street.
Senior Citizens Center:
The center provides Meals on Wheels and other senior programs and activities. The building may be rented for private events. The center needs volunteers; please call (940) 686-2639. 310 S. Washington Street.
SPJST Lodge 5:
(940) 437-5561. (940) 686-4429. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at 2pm at 739 E. Liberty Street, Pilot Point-Tioga, TX 76258.
Big Orange Pumpkin (Patch) Farm, Gunter, TX:
This pumpkin patch was originally located in Celina, Texas. It has been moved to the Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas. There are hundreds of pumpkins to choose from. Activities include hay bales for climbing and a hay bale maze, over 50 farm animals in the petting zoo, hayrides, and interactive farm signs for the children. The pumpkin farm is open daily, 8am-8pm. There is also a hardware store, and the Preston Trail Farms Café. (972) 382-4995. The farm is located at 15102 SH 289, Gunter, Texas 75078. Gunter is located 22.7 miles north of Frisco, 9.6 miles north of Celina, 22 miles northwest of Melissa, 16.7 miles northwest of Anna, 11 miles west of Van Alstyne, 13 miles east of Tioga, and 17 miles northeast of Pilot Point, Texas.
Annual Bonnie & Clyde Days, 2nd Saturday in Oct:
The parade features antique Model-A cars. The parade begins at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church at 9:30am. It goes past the Knights of Columbus Hall on North Prairie Street and turns right on Walcott before turning on Jefferson to and continuing to the town square. Other event s include the Pilot Point Cabinet Maker's Soap Box Challenge, the Get Fit 5K Run/Walk, vendors, a talent contest at the Community Opera House, live music all day at the gazebo, Hooverville encampments and reenactments of the movie scene filmed on the square in Pilot Point for Bonnie & Clyde. Activities take place on the square which is bound by Main, Liberty, Johnson and Washington Streets.  (940) 686-5385.  
Nick's Italian Restaurant, Pilot Point, TX:
They serve very good Italian food. They are closed on major holidays, including July 4th. Open Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm. (940) 686-2520. 1340 North U.S. 377, Pilot Point, Texas. Reviews
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Sanger, TX:
They serve wonderful friend chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and homemade pies. Open Tue-Fri, 4:30pm-9pm; Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-3pm. (940) 458-0000. 204 N. 4th Street. Reviews
Lucy’s Moms on Main Restaurant, Aubrey, TX:
This restaurant is owned and managed by the Steve Murray family, former owners of the popular Lucy’s on the Square in Celina. Steve has kept the menu the same and still serves the same great food such as chicken fried steak and gravy, homemade rolls, fried green tomatoes, and homemade pies. Lucy’s on the Square in Celina was written up in December, 2008 Texas Monthly while the restaurant was under his ownership and management. According to the reviews, Aubrey residents are thrilled to have this restaurant in their town. Open Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun, 8am-3pm. (940) 202-4940. 204 S. Main Street, Aubrey, TX 76227. Aubrey is located at the intersection of U.S. 377 and FM 428, 14.4 miles northeast of Denton, 15 miles southeast of Sanger, 7 miles south of Pilot Point, 14.6 miles southwest of Celina, 22 miles northwest of Frisco, 18.7 miles northwest of Prosper, 14.4 miles northwest of Little Elm, and 8 miles north of Oak Point, Texas. Aubrey Map  Aubrey Area Map  Reviews
Clark’s Outpost, Tioga:
Good BBQ and smoked trout. They also offer mail order service. They have been written up in several magazines. Hwy 377. Open Wed-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9:30pm Sun, 11am-8:30pm. Reservations: (940) 437-2414. (800) 932-5051. 101 U.S. 377 at Gene Autry Drive, Tioga, Texas 76271. Tioga Map; Click to Enlarge  Reviews