Dumas, Texas lies about 50 miles north of Amarillo. That might seem like a long way between towns to some of you but the two are only separated by the mostly dry Canadian River and no other towns. Dumas is pronounced Do-Muss not the giggle producing Dumb Ass, though we called them the DumbAss Demons when we battled their high school in sporting events. The song Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas is said to have been written about the town though Dumas, Arkansas makes the same claim. Here is a video clip of that song.
JWW and the Prospectors - Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas
Happy, Texas lies 35 miles to the South of Amarillo. A few years back their was a movie titled Happy, Texas though it was not filmed in the town and the loclas all seemed to hate the movie. About the only thing accurate in the film was the sing on the outskirts of town that reads ... WELCOME TO HAPPY, TEXAS -- THE TOWN WITHOUT A FROWN. Happy is also the default location on google weather.
To the east almost to the Oklahoma border lies the tiny town of Twitty, Texas. Six miles off of I-40 the place had a population of 100 in 1930. In 1980, its population had remained fairly stable with an estimate of 116, but by 1990 the number of residents fell to sixty. The population dropped to 12 in the 2000 census. It's claim to fame? Once upon a time there was a singer who was told he needed a name change. He couldn't think of anything so he reached for a map and founf the names of Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Tx. Conway Twitty recorded many a country song before his death in 1993.
Now we go 23 miles to the west of Amarillo to the town of Wildorado,Texas. Actually, there are only three towns in Texas that are what I'd consider due west of Amarillo. I picked the middle one mostly because I like the name. I always thought a song should be written about the wild west of Wildorado though that description might me stretching it especially these days. Though in the dist bowl era the bank was robbed several times. Actually, a more accurate song would be called Windy Wildorado as nearby is the Wildorado Wind Farm which is the home of 70 wind turbine generators and here are a few facts from an article written prior to the wind farm's completion.
The Wildorado Wind Ranch will be the largest single wind power facility yet to be built in the Southwest Power Pool serving parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
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