Sowers, Texas

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Sowers, Texas
Ghost Town
Sowers, TX is located in Texas
Sowers, TX
Sowers, TX
Location within Texas
Coordinates: 32°49′42″N 96°59′26″W / 32.82833°N 96.99056°W / 32.82833; -96.99056Coordinates: 32°49′42″N 96°59′26″W / 32.82833°N 96.99056°W / 32.82833; -96.99056
Country United States
State Texas
County Dallas
Settled 1848
Founded by E. D. Sowers
Elevation 531 ft (162 m)
Population (1905)
 • Total 121
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
FIPS code 48113
GNIS feature ID 1347617

Sowers, Texas is a ghost town located approximately 11 miles northwest of Dallas, Texas in Dallas County. Today, the once rural community is located entirely within the boundaries of Irving, Texas. Of the original townsite, only the cemetery remains.

History[edit]

Sowers was settled in the late 1840s and by 1884 had a population of seventy-five and possessed several businesses including a blacksmith, a church, a doctor, a druggist, a school, and two steam gristmill-cotton gins. A post office was established in 1881, it and the town were named after early pioneer E. D. Sowers. The population was listed at 121 residents in 1905 and remained at or near that figure until the 1950s, when the community's last reported population was a mere thirty residents in 1956. Sowers was annexed by Irving soon thereafter.[1][2]

Attempted Capture of Bonnie and Clyde[edit]

Sowers gained notoriety on November 21, 1933 when renowned criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met family members at dusk near what is now Texas Highway 183 approximately one and a quarter miles northwest of the community, where Barrow had arranged a clandestine picnic to celebrate his mother's fifty-ninth birthday. Since Barrow had not had a gift to present his mother, the pair planned to return the following evening for an extended visit at which time he planned to give her a gift. On November 22, 1933, as Parker and Barrow approached the previous evening's family meeting spot, law enforcement officers Smoot Schmidt, Ted Hinton, Ed Caster, and Bob Alcorn; armed with Thompson submachine guns, .351 "Bullhead" repeating rifle, and BAR (Browning Automatic Rifles) opened a fusillade of gunfire from a ditch about seventy-five feet away. Upon their accelerated escape, several .30 caliber rounds from Bob Alcorn's BAR pierced the driver side door of Clyde's stolen 1933 Ford V-8 sedan wounding both Parker and Barrow with shots to the knees. The pair subsequently abandoned the car and fled.[3] Hinton and Alcorn later participated in the fatal ambush that halted Barrow and Parker's spree on May 23, 1934 near Gibsland, Louisiana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maxwell, Lisa C. "Sowers, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online - Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Sowers Community, 3201 West Pioneer Irving, Texas : Texas marker #13736 - [1]
  3. ^ Guinn, Jeff (March 9, 2010). "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde". Simon & Schuster. p. 480. ASIN 1416557075. ISBN 978-1416557074. 
Bibliography
  • Guinn, Jeff. Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.) 480 pp. ISBN 1-4165-5707-5.

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