Flower Mound Information
Flower Mound is a city in Denton County, Texas (USA). As of the 2000 census, the city population was 50,702, although more recent studies show the numbers to be closer to 70,000.
The name comes from a large mound located in the southern portion of the city. Though surrounded by commercial and residential development, the mound, believed to be a Native American burial ground, is privately owned so as to be protected from further development.
Flower Mound has a small-town vibe with easy access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. (It refuses to be referred to as a “city” despite its recent growth; it bills itself as the “Town of Flower Mound” with a “Town Hall” and a “Town Council”). It is home to two high schools, Edward S. Marcus High School and the newer Flower Mound High School, both within the Lewisville Independent School District.
Native American habitation of what eventually became Denton County dates back to at least 4000 B.C., according to archeological surveys by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. European settlement in the Flower Mound area is reported as early as the 1840s. Nineteenth-century settlers such as Andrew Morriss and David Kirkpatrick are still memorialized with street names in the city.
The town area remained sparsely populated for many decades after this initial settlement. Not until 1961 was the town incorporated to avoid annexation by the city of Irving. William Wilkerson, who became the town’s second mayor, spearheaded the incorporation effort and helped improve the town’s phone service and water supply.
As late as 1970, though, the town only numbered 1,685 residents. It was part of the failed United States Army’s “New Town” development scheme. However, the enormous expansion of Flower Mound began as part of the growth of the area north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; by the 1990’s the town grew at a rate of 12.8% per year. This growth has led to efforts to limit further development in the city, but Flower Mound’s population continues to rise.
The town is mostly served by Lewisville Independent School District. Other parts are served by Argyle Independent School District, Denton Independent School District, and Northwest Independent School District.