Ranch Community School Children|
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. Thanks." - Cheryl Musick, May 04, 2005|
in 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
Falls to Seymour in 1890, the president of
the railroad named the town after the city in Scotland.
hotel was built at the depot - also property of the railroad.
the town consisted of a post office, the depot and school and a population of
The population was estimated around 200 in 1896. For a time Dundee
enjoyed the status of being Archer County's second largest city.
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.
Dundee Texas Today
My father 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