Pilot Point, Texas

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Pilot Point, Texas
—  City  —
Farmers and Merchants Bank building, located at the northwest corner of the town square in Pilot Point, Texas
Motto: Pointing the way since 1845
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
StateTexas
CountyDenton
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation722 ft (220 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,856
 • DensityBad rounding here1,100/sq mi (Bad rounding here440/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code76258
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-57476[1]
GNIS feature ID1365245[2]
Websitewww.cityofpilotpoint.org
 
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Pilot Point, Texas
—  City  —
Farmers and Merchants Bank building, located at the northwest corner of the town square in Pilot Point, Texas
Motto: Pointing the way since 1845
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
StateTexas
CountyDenton
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation722 ft (220 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,856
 • DensityBad rounding here1,100/sq mi (Bad rounding here440/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code76258
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-57476[1]
GNIS feature ID1365245[2]
Websitewww.cityofpilotpoint.org

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

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Geography

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]

Demographics

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.

Government

The city is governed by an elected council. A separately elected mayor presides over the governing body but casts no vote on matters before the council except in the event of a tie. The current mayor is Janet Groff. Recent former mayors have included 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 recommendation by Mayor Toby Osburn that was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2000. An appointed city administrator 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.

Historical events

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 people

Education

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).[6] 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 advanced to the Texas State 3A Tournament in 2006.

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