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Erath County, Central Texas North

32° 5' 12" N, 98° 20' 33" W (32.086667, -98.3425)

US377, US 67
13 miles S of Stephenville the county seat
21 miles NE of Comanche
45 miles NE of Brownwood
State Hwy 6
20 miles NW of Hico
12 miles E of De Leon
80 miles SW of Fort Worth
90 miles NW of Waco
ZIP code 76446
Area code 254
Population: 3,553 Est. (2019)
3,654 (2010) 3,754 (2000) 3,190 (1990)

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Dublin Texas -Dr Pepper Sign
Dr Pepper Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

Dublin, Texas History

From Handbook of Texas Online:

Dublin is on U.S. highways 67 and 377 in southwest Erath County. It 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. Within a year the new Dublin had forty-five businesses and sixty-five homes, so the railroad moved its depot from Mount Airy to new Dublin. The town was incorporated on March 18, 1889. By 1890 the population was 2,025. It was 2,370 in 1900, 2,271 in 1930, 2,746 in 1950, 2,810 in 1970, 2,723 in 1980, and 3,190 in 1990. The town is a center for agriculture and industry, including oil and gas production, clothing factories, peanut shelling and drying plants, feed mills, milk processing, saddle and rope making, and metal stamping. Dublin has two city parks, the Lyon Museum, a public library, a hospital, and a nursing home. It also has an airport, two railroads, a golf course, and recreational facilities at Proctor Reservoir. The town was one of the first in the state to have streetcars. It is the birthplace of golfer Ben Hogan, home of a world-championship rodeo, and the former home of the annual Grand Army of the Republic reunion.

William R. Hunt, “Dublin, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 09, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/dublin-tx.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Dublin Texas -Dr Pepper Sign
Welcome to Dr Pepper Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, Aprio, 2005

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.

Dublin Texas -Dr Pepper Sign
Drink a Bite to Eat
Dr Pepper
Good for Life

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

Dublin, Texas Chronicles
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

Dr Pepper Cartoon by Roger Todd Moore

Dublin, Texas water tower
Dublin water tower
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003

Dublin Texas downtown rest area
Dublin downtown rest area
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey

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