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Blewett and Dabney, Texas
The Oblivion Twins

“Mr. Peabody’s coal train done hauled [them] away.”

SW of Uvalde
Uvalde County

Combined Population of both towns: 0
Blewett and Dabney are easy to find – at least on the official highway Map.* They are in Uvalde County just West and South of the city of Uvalde. In fact, if you happen to have a brand new map (2001) - on the middle (fourth) vertical fold - just below the middle, you’ll see all of the word Blewett and the ey of Dabney.

Like we said - finding them on the map is the easy part. Finding them in person is another matter. We did see some surprisingly scenic pits, however.

Dabney & Blewett

by David Knape

Two towns disapppeared
guess nobody knew it,
what happend to towns
named Dabney & Blewett

We searched high and low
and finally said screw it,
there aint no damn towns
named Dabney & Blewett.

© d.knape

Blewett & Dabney TX - Asphalt Mines With Water
Surprisingly Scenic Pits
TE Photo, April 2001
After our fruitless physical search, we called the Uvalde County Tax Assessor’s Office to see what they knew. Since Uvalde only shows 6 place names on the entire county map – we figured we might have a chance. They had never heard of either town. The clerk asked if we were talking about YOU-valde County (like it's frequently mistaken for one of the numerous counties that sound like it). We asked if we could talk to someone in the mapping department and we were informed that we were already talking to them.
Blewett & Dabney TX - Asphalt Mines With Water

When the rock asphalt is gone, we can see this becoming a great water theme park.
TE Photo, April 2001

Naturally the two alleged communities have a shared history.

We called the Vulcan Mining Company in San Antonio and then their office in Knippa. We spoke with Mr. Mantooth in San Antonio and Mr. Coble in Knippa. Both men gave swift unhesitant answers and their explanations made sense. Here’s what we found:

There is no longer any trace of either town.

There are a few ranches around the company’s property that might account for some human habitation.

At one time Dabney was the only rock asphalt mine in the United States.

The company has joined in partnership with several wildlife organizations in building and placing habitat and harborage for the wildlife in the area. The lakes (pictured) are stocked with fish from Uvalde’s National Fish Hatchery. Both men invited us on a tour of the company’s operations.

Two years ago a rare black bear was seen on the company’s property. Someone managed to photograph it and it appeared on the cover of the Maryland Wildlife Conservatory’s Magazine.

The employees of Vulcan refer to the mines by other names. One of the spokesmen told us: “If one of the “old-timers” happens to refer to the Dabney mine by name – the other workers will not understand where it is he’s talking about.”

The TxDoT cartographer told us that he had found that once a city or town is incorporated – it stays incorporated until it’s officially unincorporated. Which means when a town is abandoned, the last person to leave should file un-incorporation papers with the appropriate governing body before turning out the lights.

We also found that Mr. J. B. Smyth, the founder of Uvalde Rock Asphalt married into a prominent East Texas family and his son, George W., (born in Newton County) oversaw operations in the Houston area throughout the 20s and 30s. Uvalde Rock Asphalt was used to pave Caroline, Bissonett, Reisner, Leeland, and McKinney streets in Houston and even what had once been known as “The Westheimer Road.”

© John Troesser

*This piece was written in 2001. After our interview with the cartographic department of TxDoT, both towns were removed from the state map, but not at our request.


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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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