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DUBLIN, TEXAS

Erath County, North Central Texas
US 67, US377, & State Hwy 6
12 miles S of Stephenville
45 miles NE of Brownwood
72 miles SW of Fort Worth
Population: 3,651(2010) 3,754(2000)

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Dr. Pepper billboard in Dubin, Texas
Dr. Pepper billboard in Dublin, Texas
More Dr. Pepper painted signs
Photos courtesy Teri Brown, December 2004

Dublin Attractions

Dr Pepper Bottling Co. Museum - 221 S. Patrick
Dr Pepper Museum,  Dublin, Texas
Dr Pepper Museum in Dublin
Photo courtesy Teri Brown, December 2004
Historical Marker (on 105 E. Elm Street):

Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company

Sam Houston Prim (1863-1946) arrived in Dublin in 1891 with $680 worth of bottling equiment, purchasing property at the southeast corner of Patrick and Elm streets to house his bottling works. Prim bottled Dr Pepper, along with other products, under an informal agreement until 1925, when he formally chose as a Dr Pepper distribution territory a 44-mile radius centered on Dublin -- an area that remains as the company's territory today.

At the time of Prim's death, Dr Pepper executives noted that he had bottled the soft drink longer than any other individual. The company has remained in operation since that time, making it the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world.
(2009)
A History of the "Other " Dublin by Mike Cox

For reasons she apparently did not think necessary to explain in her book, early in the second decade of the 20th century, Sarah Catherine Shivers Lattimore began gathering information on the history of her community.

She interviewed old-timers who remembered Erath County when it was organized in 1856 by men “in love with the freedom of the prairies, filled with enthusiasm over the possibilities for successful stock raising and consequent wealth, lured by the cheapness of the unoccupied land, were eager to avail themselves of such advantages.” In addition, she paged through the musty pages of early newspapers.

Her endeavors culminated in “Incidents in the History of Dublin Gathered from Participants and Eye-Witnesses,” a 65-page booklet privately published in 1914. Anyone who didn’t know better would think it dealt with the history of Ireland’s major city, but Mrs. Lattimore’s Dublin is in West Central Texas, not the Emerald Isle.... more


The McDow Hole by Bob Hopkins
"The story of the McDow ghost became very popular by the end of the 19th century ... many people would come to the water hole hoping to get a glimpse of the specter."

"...The Hickey family would witness such strange events in and around the McDow water hole on Green’s Creek, south of Dublin in Erath County, for the next three decades. These and many more ghostly happenings have been recorded over the last 135 years at McDow Hole, the first being recorded after the murder of a young mother and her baby about 1865. ..." more
Dublin, Texas water tower
Dublin water tower
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey

Dublin, Texas History

"Dublin ... was founded in 1854 by A. H. Dobkins and named in 1860, probably for the warning cry at Indian raids, "Double In," for the capital of Ireland, or for the double-log cabins used by early settlers. Growth increased in 1874 as Dublin acquired stagecoach service and a post office. In 1881 the Texas Central Railroad was built through to Mount Airy, a few miles from Dublin. J. D. Bishop laid out a townsite on the line four miles south of Mount Airy, which drew residents from old to new Dublin..." From Handbook of Texas Online:
www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/DD/hgd7.html
Dublin Texas downtown rest area
Dublin downtown rest area
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey
Dublin, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Dublin and Stephenville
    I lived in Stephenville during my highschool years, 1959 through 1963, during which time I met my lifetime-long friend, Kay (McCarty) Rowe. Her father ran the little cafe right next to the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company; "Buster" McCarty was Kay's dad. I found out (gossip) that she had dated my boyfriend, Fred, and driving the 14 miles to Dublin "on the warpath" I was certainly going to find her. I did meet-up with Kay at the local drive-in restaurant and proceeded to beat her up. Can you imagine two little 13 and 14 year-old girls fighting it out on Highway 377 over some little boy? I was so notorious in those days, even landing in the old Stephenville Jail overnight. However, Kay and I became such close friends and kept in touch until she was laid to rest in Dublin in the late 90's. I miss Kay's friendship, and have such great memories of those days in Stephenville and Dublin. We burned up the highways and dirt roads all over Erath County. - Carol Suzanne Ramsey, Class of '63 (although I did not graduate from HS, I did go on to obtain several degrees at TCU), October 02, 2005


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