Love Bug-Ramsdell Acrylic Red Glitter
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Texas, United States
This is not collectible.
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About This Item
This is one of a series of heart-shaped items obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs. They are named either for the places of their origin or for Texas Panhandle-South Plains towns with interesting names or histories.
Ramsdell was established as a station on the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway ten miles southwest of Shamrock in southwestern Wheeler County. The Rev. Ed R. Wallace, a circuit-riding, Methodist preacher started acquiring State lands with land script while riding his church route. After accumulating twelve sections of land he plotted the town of Ramsdell along Sand Creek by the railroad cattle loading facilities. Surrounded by large ranches, the site was used mostly by the RO Ranch and the Rocking Chair Ranch. Later, a large depot and several railroad warehouses were built to protect railroad supplies.
Products shipped from Ramsdell were car-loads of construction sand from Sand Creek for concrete, watermelons, garden produce, eggs and cream and of course, thousands of head of livestock. The first area community telephone system was established at Ramsdell with 16 members. A large school was built along with some forty to sixty buildings during the heyday of the town. Two hotels and lumber yards were among the main businesses serving the public.
No saloons were allowed by Reverend Wallace, but weekly dances were allowed to be held in the depot and on the loading docks. Often on dance nights, the Law had to break up fights between the cowboys and settlers for trains to pass down the track.
Although a cemetery was never established, a fence post marks the graves of a traveling family who contracted typhoid fever and died. There is a story one resident ordered a barrel of whiskey that arrived on a wooden railroad car. Prohibition had been declared before it could be removed and the Sheriff padlocked the car. Later, when a party unlocked the car to remove the barrel they found the barrel empty. The bottom of the boxcar and the bottom of the barrel had been drilled through with a brace and bit and the whiskey drained into a container below. No one ever admitted to the theft.
Despite this organized origins, Ramsdell had no source of good water. What they had was called gyp water - water with high concentrations of calcium carbonate. It was a bitter liquid at best, and if imbibed in large quantities, it caused diarrhea. Moreover, the consolidation of county schools, the passing of Route 66 several miles to the north and the breakup of the big ranches sealed the fate of the community. Today the site of Ramsdell is obscured by plum thickets and brush. The railroad is gone and only a few foundations can be found, all on private property.
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