a Pecan Shell
The town is said
to have been platted on land belonging to the T Fork Ranch
in the late 1880s.
When the Wichita Valley Railroad laid tracks from Wichita
Falls to Seymour in 1890, the
president of the railroad named the town after the city in Scotland.
A three-story hotel was built at the depot - also property of the
In 1892 the town consisted of a post office, the depot and school
and a population of 25.
The population was estimated around 200 in 1896. For a time Dundee
enjoyed the status of being Archer
County's second largest city.
Alex Albright, a banker with an interest in sheep raising set up shop
in around 1910, opening a bank in town and operating a huge Karakul
sheep ranch nearby.
The population was estimated at 400 during the 1920s and a federated
study club was founded in 1921.
Lake Kemp was developed during this time.
Community School Children
Photo circa 1912-1913
grandmother, Myrtle Williams, is in the second row, seventh from left.
Her sister, Elma Williams is in the same row, second from left. Their
younger sister, Arena Williams, is in the first row, kneeling, second
from left. The boy in the third row on the far left is Clarence Williams,
brother to the Williams girls. The Rice Ranch Community was near Dundee.
- Cheryl Musick, May 04, 2005
grew up in Seymour during the 1910's
- 1920's. I remember him talking about his Uncle John Hayley that
was the J.P. in Dundee during the 1920's. He lived in the house
at the NW corner of Highway 82 and whatever the FM crossroad was.
The house was still standing in the 1960's, but I think it's gone
now. My father often talked about taking the train from Seymour
to visit Uncle John when he was out of school on vacation. - Cherry
Johnston, July 07, 2004
1907 postal map showing Dundee
(from Texas state map #2090)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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