The Stories Behind Ding Dong and Other Small Town Names

Have you ever been to Ding Dong, Texas? The town was named after a family called Bell. I am not making this up. Bert and Zulis Bell opened a store in the 1930s, and hired a sign painter, C.C. Hoover, to make it attractive.

Up the way a bit, in Florence, was a man by the name of Fred Foster. Fred had a bit of a sense of humor and when he saw Hoover walk into his hardware company, he urged Hoover to take a little creative license with the sign he was painting for the Bells. He told Hoover he...

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