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Texas Plains Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Dumas


Photo by Rick Vanderpool

Dumas was made famous by the hit song “I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas,” written by Phil Baxter of Navarro County in the 1920s after he had spent a night in the town en route to Denver, and later recorded as a hit by the leader of Benny Goodman's band. The local radio station, KDDD, took its name from the three D's and created a caricature of the "Ding Dong Daddy"—who was later joined by his "Ding Dong Dolly" counterpart. With its history and culture, modern-day Dumas continues to provide a welcoming way station for Rocky Mountain–bound Texans.

A comfortable city park adjacent to the highway overpass offers a free night’s stay for RV travelers. The Window on the Plains Museum features memorabilia and displays of local history, area wildlife, Indian artifacts, and changing exhibits.

The Moore County Art Association’s home adjoining the museum is a great place to visit. You can even join an open-painting program or enjoy the Art Association’s permanent collection of impressive artworks.


Contact

  • Contact: Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
  • Phone: 888-840-8911 or 806-935-2123
  • Fax: 806-935-2124
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