Dumas is a city in and the county seat of Moore County. It was founded in 1891 and was named after Louis Dumas, the founder and the president of the Panhandle Townsite Company. A plague of grasshoppers in 1893 and a severe winter between 1893 to 1894 nearly diminished the city to a ghost town; Louis Dumas himself became hopeless and moved back to Grayson County. In the next few years, only one family was living in the townsite and a mercantile store was the sole business under operation. However, when the store was bought in 1904, the city got back on its feet. The city itself became one of the state’s leading sorghum-producing areas. Agribusiness was its economic mainstay. Dogie Days, a major annual event, is held every second weekend of June. Its government evidently claims that the song “I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas” was written about the city. Dumas is home to the Moore County Airport.
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