StrollingtheStreets

Under the sponsorship of the Friends of Denton Public Library City Guides will be conducting a special series of free neighborhood walks this month.

During March, the program expands from its regular 20 monthly walks to more than 40, exploring our own Denton City. Elizabeth Park, Green Valley, and Mission District stomping grounds, in addition to such well-known areas as Chinatown and Jake Hill.

The Denton City tour, “Denton by Flashlight,” will be led by architectural historian Amie Dalton on March 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the Denton Library, at 122 River St. Dalton, who created her first Denton walk in 1999, has been conducting the evening flash-lit walks since 2004.

“At night it’s more fun,” she says, “because I talk about the buildings, and I have a friend with an enormous flashlight who shines it on the various details while I’m talking.”

In addition to looking at Victorian architecture, she says, participants also “fondle fire hydrants and pore over bits of sidewalk history, including meter boxes, sewer vents, and manhole covers. We also conjure up the ghosts of Victorian carpenters, contractors, architects, and builders who built Denton”.

The Denton walk requires no reservations, lasts about an hour and a half, and covers 15 blocks.

Over in the Mission District, pedestrians will have a choice of three different walks. Every Sunday in March, the colorful “Mission Murals” walk will be offered at 12 p.m., beginning behind the Elementary School, at 2nd and 15th streets. And on March 18 only, there’ll be an “Inner Mission Victorians” walk, starting at the Mission Library, 16th, and Main streets, at 11 a.m. This tour will explore the architecture and history of the city’s first streetcar neighborhood.