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Tatum in Lea County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Dallas Cash Grocery

 
 
Dallas Cash Grocery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
1. Dallas Cash Grocery Marker
Inscription. Clarence E. (CE) & Mae Dallas opened the Dallas Cash Grocery in 1926 on their ranch (founded in 1910) at Caprock, NM.

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.
Dallas Cash Grocery Marker and Store image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
2. Dallas Cash Grocery Marker and Store
33° 15.372′ N, 103° 19.121′ W. Marker is in Tatum, New Mexico, in Lea County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue A and 1st Street, on the left when traveling south on Avenue A. 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
 
Dallas Cash Grocery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
3. Dallas Cash Grocery
Conoco Sign at Dallas Cash Grocery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
4. Conoco Sign at Dallas Cash Grocery
Sign at Dallas Cash Grocery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
5. Sign at Dallas Cash Grocery
 
 
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.
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