Jim Town Is
Now Taking On
Real City Ways
that Jim Town is not putting on style? Whoever says so, does
not know Jim Town. Ever since Jim Town was placed on the map,
the placid faced cows and horses and mules have been permitted
to roam at will through the lanes and thoroughfares of the Jim
Town precinct. Jim Town, however, is now taking on real city
airs. Perhaps the residents of that community heard about the
famous Dallas city ordinance which does not even permit chickens
to run at large, and wanted to get in line for real city airs.
Anyway, at an election held Saturday, fourteen of those participating
in the election voted that, henceforth, from now on, all livestock
should be kept from grazing, browsing or loitering in the public
roads. Ten believed that the stock should be permitted to roam
at will. Lisbon and Christian Valley, which places are also in
the same stock law precinct as Jim Town, also voted on the same
question. If the vote was anywhere near even in these two boxes,
it will mean that the liberties of the livestock in that section
of Dallas county have been considerably curtailed through the
majesty of the ballot box.
- May 25, 1913, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 5, col. 3.
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Jim Town Shows
Move for Progress
election at Jim Town last Saturday, to determine whether the
school district shall incorporate as an independent district,
the vote was fifty-three for incorporation and seven against
- August 10, 1914,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 5.
School trustees were also elected.
These are: F. W. Howard, A. M. Hill, J. T. Mays, C. V. Story,
J. C. Sparks, J. E. Russell and W. E. Willis.
It is proposed to erect a new brick
school house in the district. A bond issue will be submitted
to the voters later.
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She Wants It Called Jimtown
Road could be given just about the last word in high-sounding,
ornate designations and still do honor to the man whose name
it bears now, but perhaps the most vigorous objector in Dallas
to such a move, would be the widow of that man. James (Jim) Bumpas,
whose picture is inset above. Mr. Bumpas died in 1903.
- May 6, 1931, The
Dallas Morning News,
could be painted on the curbs of the traffic way and the memory
of James Bumpas would be honored, but James Bumpas was "Jim"
to folks who knew him back in the old days and was even called
"Jimtown" himself. His widow, now living at 3520 Dickason
avenue, shown in the picture above, kept store at Jimtown while
her husband farmed in the vicinity back in the days when the
area west of the river was farming country. The postoffice was
in the Bumpas store. When application for the postoffice was
made, the name "Jamestown" was wanted, but there was
another station in Texas by that name and the postoffice received
the name that the road now bears. The postoffice was obtained
Now, there's a movement to change
the name of Jimtown Road. While she has no children to be glad
of the honor, and she, herself, will be 74 years old on May 24,
Mrs. Bumpas would dislike to see the name changed. "Mr.
Bumpas worked hard for that country out there and worked to get
the postoffice," said the widow. Retaining the name of Jimtown
would honor Jim Bumpas more, perhaps, and what would "Jamestown
Boulevard" mean to an old-timer?
Sec. I, p. 7, col. 3-4.
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January 23, 2005:
Jimtown Reaches End
As Old Landmark Is Destroyed
has journeyed along the sunset trail into the lost valley of
forgotten cities. The end came undramatically this week, when
wreckers destroyed the ancient store at West Clarendon Drive
and Hampton, where once, Jim Bumpas served as postmaster, sold
groceries to prairie freighters who passed along the Cedar Hill-Dallas
road or dispensed drugs for country doctors.
- April 14, 1940, The
Dallas Morning News, Sec. I, p. 2.
For several years, the old building
has been occupied as a feed store. The end came when county engineers
started surveying for the improvement of Clarendon Drive, which
is to be widened.
The story of Jimtown is the tale
of a country druggist, who became postmaster in the days when
Rutherford B. Hayes was President. A wagon yard and a livery
stable, at different times, stood at Jimtown, and there was a
union church where Cumberland Presbyterians, Baptist and Methodists
gathered to hold camp meetings in the days when a two-fisted
[preacher?] thought little of preaching to the top of his voice
for two hours at a time.
A tiny school was built, and for
several years, only one teacher was employed. The seats were
boards, and the desks, if any, were built by the students or
the parents. About 1900, a new school was erected, and the student
body continued to grow until, at one time, there were more than
In 1925, the old Jimtown School
was abandoned and the district annexed to Dallas. Students were
transferred to the modern Lida Hooe School. Now, two other schools
have been built in the vicinity to take care of the fast-growing
population -- the Winnetka and the Leila P. Cowart Schools.
The first definite clue that Jimtown
was to be only a chapter in the story of pioneer days, was when
a petition was circulated ten years ago, asking that Jimtown
Road be given a more dignified name. As a result, that road now
is known as Clarendon Drive.
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