Hickory Creek has a rich history. It was previously named Alton. For a town that no longer exists, Alton has a fascinating history. In 1848 the Texas legislature decided that Alton would become the county seat of government for Denton County, replacing the community of Pinckneyville.
Present-day Corinth is less than a mile from what was the first town to be named Alton. The county seat was occupied by a single resident (W. C. Baines) for three years and the lack of potable water was one reason for this. This problem was settled by the state legislature in 1850 by designating a new site on Hickory Creek (five miles south of present-day Denton).
The new site retained the name and submitted an application for a post office. A hotel and two stores soon appeared, but the location was unsatisfactory for a majority of Denton County residents. In 1856 they petitioned for yet another county seat, one with better water and more centrally located.
In late 1856 they held an election and decided to accept an offer by three businessmen who were to provide 100 acres of land for Denton County’s permanent county seat. The new site was named Denton and Alton became a historical footnote and ghost town.
Located on Lewisville Lake, the Town of Hickory Creek is a generous blend of parks and nature trails, bustling subdivisions and family farms, boat ramps and businesses. Residents enjoy the combination of a relaxed, small town atmosphere and growing business district. Just 45 minutes north of downtown Dallas, Hickory Creek is a progressive area yet maintains its picturesque surroundings.
The population of Hickory Creek has grown from 219 at our incorporation in 1963 to our 2010 census of 3,250. We are a general law town governed by a mayor and five council members. Town employees include town administrator, city secretary, public works director, chief of police, municipal court clerk and various assistants. The Lake Cities Fire Department provides fire protection.
A volunteer Parks Board has worked diligently throughout the years to develop several parks within the town. In 1998, the dream of many Hickory Creek residents came true when Tanglewood Park was equipped with playground equipment, benches and tables. Point Vista Park, another city-leased U.S. Army Corps Park, along with Arrowhead Park, are equipped with boat ramps.
Commercial development has also exploded, which has helped Hickory Creek maintain one of the lowest property tax rates in the Lake Cities area. Hickory Creek is now home to Rave Motion Pictures, Wal-Mart, the new Cornelius Town Center, McDonalds, Texas Land & Cattle Company, Chili’s, Starbucks, Sherwin-Williams, Blockbuster, Domino’s Pizza, Sonic, Children’s Lighthouse, The Primrose School, Vista Academies, Pappa’s Homestyle Restaurant and many more. Retail growth is continuing with new development along FM 2181 and the I-35 corridor. The new Lake Lewisville Toll Bridge and DCTA “A-Train” will also bring additional growth in the next several years.