Dublin, Texas

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Dublin, Texas
City
Location of Dublin, Texas
Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyErath
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,463 ft (446 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,754
 • Density1,102.4/sq mi (425.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code76446
Area code(s)254
FIPS code48-21484[1]
GNIS feature ID1334711[2]
 
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Dublin, Texas
City
Location of Dublin, Texas
Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyErath
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,463 ft (446 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,754
 • Density1,102.4/sq mi (425.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code76446
Area code(s)254
FIPS code48-21484[1]
GNIS feature ID1334711[2]

Dublin is a city located in southwestern Erath County in Central Texas. The population was 3,654 at the time of the 2010 census.

The town is the former home of the world's oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant (see Dublin Dr Pepper). The plant was for many years the only U.S. source for Dr Pepper made with real cane sugar (from Texas-based Imperial Sugar), instead of less expensive high fructose corn syrup. Contractual requirements limit the plant's distribution range to a 40-mile radius of Dublin, an area encompassing Stephenville, Tolar, Comanche and Hico.

Dublin was the southern terminus of the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, one of the properties of Frank Kell, Joseph A. Kemp, and later Orville Bullington of Wichita Falls. The line was abandoned in 1954.[3]

Dublin was the boyhood home of legendary golfer Ben Hogan, who was born on August 13, 1912, at the hospital in nearby Stephenville. Hogan lived in Dublin until 1921, when he and his family relocated to Fort Worth.

American jurist and 1924 Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee George C. Butte married and resided in Dublin for several years and is interred there at Live Oak Cemetery.

Dublin is the birthplace of Lt. Col. George Andrew Davis, Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 10 February 1952, near Sinuiju-Yalu River area in North Korea. Davis ranks sixteenth on the list of most highly decorated U.S. military personnel of all time who received the Medal of Honor.

In 2005, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill designating Dublin as the official Irish Capital of Texas. Thus Dublin is known to be home to many people of Irish American descent.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dublin has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate System describes the weather as humid subtropical, and uses the abbreviation Cfa.[4]

Climate data for Dublin, Texas
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)13
(56)
16
(60)
20
(68)
24
(76)
28
(82)
32
(90)
35
(95)
36
(96)
31
(88)
26
(78)
19
(66)
14
(58)
24.5
(76.1)
Average low °C (°F)0
(32)
2
(36)
6
(42)
11
(51)
16
(60)
19
(67)
22
(71)
21
(70)
18
(64)
12
(54)
6
(43)
1
(34)
11.2
(52)
Precipitation mm (inches)46
(1.8)
56
(2.2)
56
(2.2)
86
(3.4)
122
(4.8)
81
(3.2)
53
(2.1)
61
(2.4)
79
(3.1)
79
(3.1)
58
(2.3)
48
(1.9)
825
(32.5)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,754 people, 1,309 households, and 920 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,102.4 people per square mile (425.1/km²). There were 1,507 housing units at an average density of 442.5 per square mile (170.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.42% White, 0.24% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 16.25% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.62% of the population.

There were 1,309 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,397, and the median income for a family was $27,880. Males had a median income of $27,798 versus $16,786 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,724. About 28.1% of families and 31.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Local media[edit]

One local newspaper has offices located in the City of Dublin: The Dublin Citizen. Local television stations that provide coverage for the City of Dublin and surrounding areas come from the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco/Temple/Killeen metropolitan areas. Local radio stations include KSTV-FM, KEQX and KTRL (FM), all licensed to Dublin or Stephenville, with studios in Erath County.

Education[edit]

The City of Dublin is served by the Dublin Independent School District and home to the Dublin Lions. The Sound of Dublin Marching Band was awarded a Division 1 for the first time in school history in 2010-2011 school year when they attended the Regional UIL Competition held in Glen Rose, TX. In 2011-2012 the Sound of Dublin High School Marching band was awarded a Division 1 for the second consecutive year in a row. That was also the second time in school history that they were awarded the Sweepstakes Award for making a Division 1 in all 3 categories of UIL Requirements.

UFO Sightings[edit]

Dublin is the site of the January 2008 UFO sightings as featured on various national media networks and has been featured on the History Channel's UFO Hunters Episode 110. Since January 2008 hundreds of UFO sightings have been reported over: Bosque, Brown, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath, Hamilton, Johnson, McLennan, Mills, and Somervell counties. MUFON the Mutual UFO Network has visited the town numerous times and held events to take reports and questions from concerned citizens of the area. These sightings continued though 2009 and a new wave of reports was received around January 2010. Another mass sighting similar to the first was reported in the evening of Wednesday 31 March 2010. News and pictures of the event were featured in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune the following day. Sightings in this area are currently ongoing in 2012.

Events[edit]

There is a Dr Pepper Birthday celebration every year in June complete with the charity 10-2-4K run and the "Tour de Pepper" bicycle race. In addition, Dublin has an annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in March.[6] Following legal disputes, Dr Pepper Snapple split ties with the Dublin bottling company after 120 years of service. The newly renamed Dublin Bottling Works has become an independent company and continues to hold the birthday celebration every June.

Photo gallery[edit]



See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "H. Allen Anderson, "Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad"". tshaonline.org. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Dublin, Texas
  5. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Dublin Chamber of Commerce

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