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Red-brick smokestack of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, Thurber

Red-brick smokestack of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, Thurber

Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Red-brick smokestack of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company. EVOLUTION OF AN OIL COMPANY
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Historic plaque - Thurber

Historic plaque - Thurber

Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a historic plaque in Thurber, Texas. It reads: "Thurber. Most important mine site in Texas for 30 years. Coal here, probably known to Indians, was "discovered" in 1886 by W. W. Johnson, who with his brother Harvey sold out to Texas & Pacific Coal Company in 1888. (T. & P. Coal Company provided fuel for the Texas & Pacific Railroad, but was independently owned. Town was named for H. K. Thurber, friend of T. & P. Coal Company founders. Most dynamic firm member was Robert D. Hunter (1833 - 1902), developer of 7 of 15 mines. Next president was E. L. Marston, Hunter's son-in-law, who left mining largely to William K. Gordon (1862 - 1949), an engineer who brought daily output to 3,000 tons. Then in 1917, Gordon (backed by management of coal company) was primarily responsible for discovery of Range Oil Field, 20 miles west. Adoption of oil-burning railway locomotives cut demand for coal. Last mine here closed in 1921, and the 10,000 or more inhabitants of Thurber began to move away. The coal firm changed its name to Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company and was sold in 1963 to Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., ...
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Stephenville Museum Sign

Stephenville Museum Sign

Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Sign at the Stephenville Museum
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Dr. Pepper sign in Dublin, Texas

Dr. Pepper sign in Dublin, Texas

Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of an advertising billboard for Dr. Pepper in Dublin. The girl on the swing actually swings back and forth.
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Dr. Pepper Museum in Dublin

Dr. Pepper Museum in Dublin

Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the Dublin Dr. Pepper Museum and Old Doc's Soda Shop in Dublin, TX. In front of the building is a statue, "Sweet Inspirations" depicting the plant's owner, Bill Kloster -- "Mr. Dr Pepper" -- offering a bottle of Dr. Pepper to a little girl.
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Erath County Honor Roll Memorial

Erath County Honor Roll Memorial

Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Erath County Honor Roll Memorial, for casualties of WWI and WWII. It is a stone with names engraved into it, and an American flag placed behind it.
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Thurber Antiques & Treasures

Thurber Antiques & Treasures

Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a two-story building in Thurber, Texas that used to be a gas station, viewed from the back. Part of the second story forms an overhang where gas pumps are visible; it also has a taller platform with a railing that has a "Thurber" sign on the side and a "Thurber Tipple" sign near the roof. A newer sign on the side of the building says "Thurber 'Tiques & Treasures" as well as "Western Art * Antiques * Crafts * Collectibles & Gifts." Other signs on the building say "Oil Change," "Fish Bait," "Hay for Sale," and "New-Used Tires." A restaurant building is visible in the background.
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Thurber Fire Station

Thurber Fire Station

Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the fire station in Thurber, Texas. The building is painted red with white trim and part of the brick smokestack is visible on the right.
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W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, Tarleton State University.
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Erath County Courthouse, Stephenville, Interior stone tower wall

Erath County Courthouse, Stephenville, Interior stone tower wall

Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the interior tower wall of the Erath County Courthouse in Stephenville. The inside of the building is made of stone, and there is a wooden staircase leading to upper levels.
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