Heritage, 2010, Volume 4 Page: 22
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A Texas filmmaker explores the issue of community survival with
the economic and social realities of contemporary Texas.
Many pasture-lined, one-lane Texas
highways boast sleepy towns marked
only by population signs that enrich the
fabric of the state while remaining
untouched by progress. The Grove is
one such town. Located in Coryell
County and dating back to the 1870s,
The Grove consists of a bank, a post
office, a saloon, a doctor's office, a
smithy, and the centerpiece, the W.J.
Dube General Store. The small agricul-
tural town was once home to a popula-
tion of 400 people, but it reached near
ghost town-status as a result of the
derailing of a major highway project and
the transfer of thousands of acres of agri-
cultural land to government hands.
That is, until ever-curious antique
collector Moody Anderson set foot on
the grounds in 1972 and negotiated to
acquire the entire settlement as one lot.
For the next 40 years, Anderson kept
The Grove alive with monthly jambo-
rees that caused a temporary population
swell. He stocked the town full of
countless offbeat treasures, many of
which were used as film props in movies
such as Lonesome Dove, The Newton
Boys, and the current remake of True
Grit, making him a hero for historical
accuracy-and a great resource-within
the film community.
Above: Moody Anderson single-handedly kept the
small Texas town named The Grove afloat for 40
years. Photograph by Joseph Vitone.
HERITAGE Volume 4 2010
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