Tatum in Lea County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Dallas Cash Grocery
To keep the store stocked CE & sons often traveled 5 days in a wagon drawn by a team of horses – 2 days to Roswell, one day of shopping & 2 days to return.
The original building was purchased from the Robinson Family & moved just off Hwy 380 by Swain Eubank's mule team. Neighbors & travelers alike would stop by to purchase needed supplies and in later years to fill up with gas.
Folks near & far designated the Dallas Mercantile as a gathering place for socializing, sharing bits of gossip & discussing local & national news. Much was learned on a cold, winter day huddled around the pot-bellied stove in the back of the store.
In 1938 the business expanded to a Conoco Station and was eventually closed in 1957.
The original store was donated by Jody & Edith Dallas but due to deterioration & current building codes, the original store was removed; Lea County & the Town of Tatum Revitalization Fund are responsible for building this replica in 2012.
The Gilbarco Gas Pump was donated by Lynn & Katie Medlin & refurbished by the Town of Tatum Revitalization Fund.
The land was donated by Gale & Gloria Blackwell.
Location. Click for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tatum NM 88267, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lea County Cowgirls (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.