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    DAD'S CORNER, TEXAS

    Boomtown Ghost Town

    Archer County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
    FM 368S off of State Highway 25
    About 12 Miles NW of Archer City
    SW of Wichita Falls

    Population: Between 0 and Unknown


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    TX - Dad's Corner
    Dad's Corner
    Photo courtesy Terry Speegle

    History in an Oil Can

    The community has no 19th Century history, having blown in on the oil boom of the early 20s. Oilman C. M. "Dad" Joiner is the former communityís namesake. The population never came close to breaking 100 and with the county seat so close, it never had the need to apply for a post office. As early as the 1930s it had only a single business to serve the 50 residents and that business was defunct by the 1950s.

    Still, at least twenty die-hard residents occupied the site in the 1960s, but thereafter, there were too few to count. The historical marker (shown) was erected in 1986 and the name appears on Archer County maps as well as Dadís Corner Road.

    Photographer's Note:
    "My mother was born in 1930 in the little town of Dad's Corner 12 miles Northwest of Archer City in Archer County, Texas. It was located on FM 368 and Dads Corner Rd. Nothing is left but a Historical marker where the town use to be." - Terry Speegle, July 13, 2012

    TX - Dad's Corner Rd
    Dad's Corner Rd
    Photo courtesy Terry Speegle

    Historical Marker Text

    Dad's Corner

    The result of a 1923 oil boom, development of a town at this site included some twenty-two businesses, including a food stand operated by a man with the nickname "Dad", which provided a name for the settlement. Located at this crossroads were a hotel, cafe, school, stores, ice house and more. Early residents remembered tales of lawlessness and Texas Ranger patrols. The county's largest oil field was one-half mile southeast, and many area residents changed from cowboys to oil field workers. After the boom, Dad's Corner became a ghost town.
    1986

    TX - Dad's Corner Historical Marker
    Dad's Corner Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Speegle
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