Alec began taking photographs of Denton in 1976 for the purpose of captuing history. This book is about a certain time period around the Fry Street neighborhood in Denton, Texas. Thrown in, are certain recollections, and a few attempts in fleshing out some things about the neighborhood.
The purpose of this book was to create something unique about Denton, Texas. Also, we wanted to create an artifact that someone might stumble across 50? years from now and go, "huh, neat." And also, after spending a hundred hours scanning negatives, we thought, "is that it?" AND we hope that this will garner interest in someone - may it be us, or another - to do something even bigger and more up to date. Although, we really like this time period.
This is by no means a definitive history, nor is it one hundred percent accurate. Information was taken from city directories, newspaper and magazine articles, the Denton County assumed names database, and numerous interviews with people who were around during that time period. Most of the people in the photographs (with the exception of Brave Combo) were identified by people we just met.
Alec Williams is a fourth-generation Dentonite and a fifth-generation Texan. He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. and an M.A. in history (modern Britain and Europe). Leslie Couture works for the Denton Public Library in the Special Collections department and scanned all of Alec's photographs.
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