Ding Dong, Texas

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Ding Dong, Texas
Entrance to Ding Dong Dell in the community of Ding Dong
Entrance to Ding Dong Dell in the community of Ding Dong
Ding Dong, Texas is located in Texas
Ding Dong, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas
Coordinates: 30°58′48″N 97°46′16″W / 30.980072°N 97.771094°W / 30.980072; -97.771094Coordinates: 30°58′48″N 97°46′16″W / 30.980072°N 97.771094°W / 30.980072; -97.771094
CountryUnited States
CountyBell County, Texas
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID1356032[1]

Ding Dong is an unincorporated community in Central Texas. It is situated on the Lampasas River, eight miles south of Killeen in southwestern Bell County.[2]

Ding Dong was named when two early settlers in the town, Zulis Bell and Bert Bell, opened a store and hired the artist Cohn Cohen Hoover to make a sign for it. Hoover painted a sign with two bells on it. Inside the bells, Hoover painted the initials of the Bell brothers. Underneath one bell he painted the word "Ding" and the word "Dong" under the other bell. Over the years, because of this sign, this community became known as Ding Dong.[3][4] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[5][6]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ding Dong, Texas
  2. ^ "Ding Dong, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  3. ^ Smith, Allen (2011). Watching Grandma Circle the Drain. AuthorHouse. p. 96.
  4. ^ Coppedge, Clay. "Name of This Town Rings A Bell: Ding Dong, Texas". Texas Escapes. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. ix.
  6. ^ Smith, Janet Aaker (2011). The Happy Classroom: From Ha-Ha to A-Ha. Pieces of Learning. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-937113-13-1.