About This Place
Argyle is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, with a population of 2,365 as of the 2000 census. The master-planned community of Lantana, Texas (estimated population 6,000 as of May 2008) shares the Argyle mailing address.
The first white settlement, consisting of a few families, occurred in the Argyle area in the 1850s. The place was then known as Pilot Knob or Waintown. The settlement gradually acquired a few amenities in the late 1800s: a school in 1875, a Baptist church in 1876 and a post office in 1878. The community was formally founded and renamed Argyle in 1881 by, after the Texas and Pacific railroad built a track through the area. Some believe a railroad surveyor named the town after a garden in France. However others believe the town to be named after Argyll Scotland. Also around this time was when Sam Bass an infamous outlaw who stole $60,000 in gold coins from the Union Pacific Railroad was rumored to have stashed the gold in a cave. Sam Bass died when he was 27 and it was rumored he never lived to retrieve the gold, so to this day it is believed to be somewhere in the hills surrounding the town.
Growth was very slow during the nineteenth century, and by 1890 Argyle only had a population of 148. The town did boast several agriculture-related industries, such as grist mills, general stores, and a cotton gin. In 1885 Argyle built a two-story brick school, and population grew until it reached 238 in 1930. A bank was also established in 1906, a little red brick building with a drugstore in the front. The bank wasn't around long before it was robbed in 1912. The robbers made away with $1700 and were never caught. No one knows for sure who did it but rumors have included Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, the Story's or the Chadwick Gang. Electricity and telephone service became available in the mid-1930s.