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DABNEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Uvalde County, Texas Hill Country

FM 1022 dead ends where Dabney once was.
4 miles from the former town of Blewett
SW of Uvalde
Population: 0

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Dabney TX - View from Hill
View from the hill
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012

History in a Pecan Shell

The mine at Dabney closed in 1900, but they had a school with 31 students as late as 1906. The mine was reopened by a former employee who had gone into the paving business himself in San Antonio. This fellow was R.L. White and he married John Smythís (See Blewett, Texas) daughter Ethel.

The mine was in full operation in 1935 and when White was able to pay off the property Ė he felt there was a stipulation where he was entitled to additional tonnage. A dispute arose in 1941. WWII kept everyone busy, but after the war the Texas Supreme Court ruled against White and the town was abandoned, as well as production.

The population was a reported 25 in 1966. And thatís the figure given on the map today. Employees had been bussed in to work the mines from Uvalde and Sabinal, but thatís not being done today.

What is being done is commendable. The Vulcan Company in a cooperative effort with a Maryland Conservation Group and Texas Parks and Wildlife, has stocked the lakes with fish and has built nesting boxes for migratory birds. The entire area owned by the mines is now an animal sanctuary.

Since FM 1022 is a county road, you are free to drive its length and see the pits from the road. We were told that the office in Knippa can provide tours of plantís operation if they receive advance notice.


ON DABNEY:
"
As I remember, this town consisted of only 10 homes and, it was located directly across the White's Mines. This town was approximately two miles south of Blewett, also on FM 1022. This town housed the employees for White's Mines. This town became a ghost town way before Blewett." - Raul Nolasco, Jr.


Photographer's Note:
Dabney, Texas
- "2 Texas Mining towns --- no town to see but the mines in the area are still active. A Blewett Ranch sign and an intersection are about it for Blewett. Not much to see at the end of the road at Dabney." - William Beauchamp, June 22, 2012

Dabney & Blewett TX - Asphalt Mines

A view from FM 1022
TE Photo, April 2001

Dabney TX
Dabney, Texas
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012
Dabney TX - View from Hill
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012
Dabney TX - View from Hill
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012
Dabney & Blewett TX - Asphalt Mines with water
"The mines in the area are still active."
TE Photo, April 2001
See
  • Blewett, Texas
  • TEís search for Dabney and Blewett
  • TX Uvalde County 1940s Map
    Uvalde County 1940s Map showing Blewett & Dabney ( in SW Uvalde County)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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    D'Hanis
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