Dumas, Texas (Images of America Series)

Dumas, Texas (Images of America Series)

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by Louise Carroll George
     
 

In 1891, Louis P. Dumas heard about cheap land in the Texas Panhandle. He left his successful enterprises in Sherman and chose a section of grassland in Moore County to "build a town." He had not bargained for the harsh elements that came with the territory, though. Within five years he abandoned his town, as did most of the other residents. Dumas was a ghost town

Overview


In 1891, Louis P. Dumas heard about cheap land in the Texas Panhandle. He left his successful enterprises in Sherman and chose a section of grassland in Moore County to "build a town." He had not bargained for the harsh elements that came with the territory, though. Within five years he abandoned his town, as did most of the other residents. Dumas was a ghost town three times in its first 10 years, but gradually, a quiet village developed. Oil and gas discovered in the 1920s brought about growth and continues to support the economy. Phil Baxter, who wrote the song "Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas," spoke of the friendliness and spirit of the people he met there in 1927. Today those qualities endure in the people of Dumas.

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From the Publisher

Title: Local author has third book published

Author: Michael Wright

Publisher: The Moore County News Press

Date: 6/3/09

Louise George, author of "No City Limits" and "Some Of My Heroes Are Ladies", now has a third title to add to her list, "Dumas".

George's latest title is a pictorial history book chock full of images dating as far back as the late 1800s.

George said the publishing company, Arcadia Publishing, contacted Window on the Plains Museum to see about a local who might be interested in writing a pictorial history book about Dumas. Her daughter-in-law, Terri George, recommended Louise George for the job.

It took about a year to get the book researched and put together and George said the project wouldn't have been possible without the help of museum staff members and other

helpers.

George utilized photos from Window on the Plains Museum

as well as photos from XIT Museum in Dalhart, Panhandle

Plains Historical Museum in Canyon and Hutchinson County Museum in Borger. She said some photos also came from individuals.

The author, who was nearly 60 before deciding to start

writing, said her latest book is a "quick and easy history of Dumas from the beginning to now." She says it was the research aspect that got her interested in writing. Her very first work was a chapter on churches in the Moore County centennial book. She also wrote a "History By George" column for the News-Press for two years.

George recently had a book signing in Amarillo at Barnes

& Noble. She said that event went well and she is now looking forward to a book signing where a great deal of her research took place -- Window on the Plains Museum. That

book signing is June 7 from 2-4 p.m.

"Dumas" will not be the last we hear from George. She is

currently working on a fourth book entitled "Some Real Good

Old Boys".

Find out more about her current title by attending the June

7 signing or visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738570617
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/06/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,305,893
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Louise Carroll George is the author of two books, No City Limits: The Story of Masterson and Texas and Some of My Heroes Are Ladies: Women Ages 85 to 101 Tell about Life in the Texas Panhandle. She is keenly interested in local history and is currently on the board of the Moore County Historical Commission. She strongly supports the Window on the Plains Museum, and she relied heavily on its staff and archives for the photographs and stories in this book.

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Dumas, Texas (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NikkiMeroney More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about the history of Dumas and was amazed at some of the photographs in the book. The author, Louise Carroll George, does an excellent job of bringing the stories and individuals alive as she guides the reader along the time line. I think the Images of America Series will be a valuable part of preserving the heritage of small towns in the United States of America.