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Dickens in Dickens County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dickens Springs

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Dickens Springs Marker
Inscription. At one time, water covered this area. Sandstone, the prominent rock around this site, is porous, causing exposed strata at canyon rims to form a natural drainage outlet for upland aquifers, making possible the existence of these springs. Situated at the head of a canyon ravine immediately below the Upper Prairie Region of the Rolling Plains, the ancient springs have been a favored human habitat since the earliest human occupation in this region. Many nomadic tribes have used the site, leaving behind a wealth of archeological evidence.

John A. Askins and his family settled near these springs in late 1883, and it became known to pioneers as Askins Springs. A traveling real estate developer called Dr. M. S. Crow arrived here in 1891 and was a driving force in the organization of the town of Dickens about a half-mile west of the Askins land. In 1891 he gave a speech proclaiming his intent to give ten acres around "Crow Springs," as he called them, to the town of Dickens. The new city park became known as Dickens Springs. Generations of Dickens citizens and tourists, attracted by the rugged and colorful scenery and the unique collection of plants, have visited this site for picnics and social gatherings. In 1978 the departments of Anthropology and of Park Management at Texas Tech University made an intensive survey of the land surrounding
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Dickens Springs Marker
Dickens Springs. Though many artifacts were lost to souvenir hunters, the university workers uncovered a variety of ancient tools, rarely of local origin. In the 21st century, Dickens Springs continues to provide water and beauty to the area for modern visitors as it did for the nomadic peoples of the past.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11718.)
 
Location. 33° 37.486′ N, 100° 49.585′ W. Marker is in Dickens, Texas, in Dickens County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 82 and Wilson Street, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 82. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickens TX 79229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dickens Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dickens County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Anderson's Fort or Soldier's Mound (approx. 6.9 miles away); Lisenby-Campbell House (approx. 10.1 miles away); Fourth U.S. Cavalry (approx. 10.2 miles away); Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Spur (approx. 10 miles away); Marshall Clinton Formby, Jr. (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Dickens Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Dickens Springs Marker
View west on highway US-82.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 162 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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