in a Bottlecap
Impact had been a 20 acre poultry farm owned by a
family named Perkins. An additional purchase of land swelled the
would-be town to 47 acres. Dallas Perkins, owner of the land became
mayor and named the town after his advertising business.
Twenty-nine signatures incorporated the town in 1960, and the first
order of business was to declare liquor sales legal. With Abilene
“dry” and a large population of servicemen – it looked like a growth
Two liquor stores opened (no waiting) and Abilene lawyers were immediately
put to work filing motions to oppose the incorporation.
The courtroom fight went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.
The court upheld both Impact’s incorporation and the town’s right
to sell liquor.
The population was sixty-one in 1970, but after Abilene
legalized alcohol sales in the late 70’s, the liquor stores closed
and Impact just blended into the larger city.
Impact wrote a chapter of it’s own in the history of dry-wet politics
on Impact, Texas is excellent. I wish to tell you about a recent
development in the continuing saga of Impact.
Mr. Dallas Perkins, the founder of Impact, lost his wife a few years
back and eventually went to live in a retirement center. A long
lime resident of the "greater Impact area" named Jack Sharp has
purchased a ten acre track from Mr Perkins which includes the main
street, and the buildings on either side of Impact Drive. Sharp,
pastors a church which meets in the former city hall building and
he lives in the former residence of the Impact police officer. The
congregation is refurbishing the old Pinkey's location which will
eventually house the church.
Well, there you have it, the latest from the heart of Impact!"
- Verl Hart, Mc Murry grad and current resident of Graham,
Texas, March 10, 2006
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