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 is located in Texas
Ding Dong
Ding Dong
Ding Dong is located in the United States
Ding Dong
Ding Dong
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
Country United States
State Texas
CountyBell County, Texas
Founded1930s
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]

In the early 1930s a man named Zulius Bell and his nephew Bert Bell operated a country store along the Lampasas River in central Texas. They hired the artist C.C. Hoover to make a sign for it. The finished sign had two bells on it with the Zulius in one and Bert in the other. In addition to the bells, Hoover lettered the words Ding Dong. As the community grew around the country store, it took on the name 'Ding Dong'.[3][4] This community has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[5][6]

References[edit]

  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. ISBN 9781463437923.
  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. ISBN 9781440507397.
  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.