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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips






Dalton Ray Phillips, HTCS (SW), U.S.Navy (retired)

I have travelled through time and it has taken its toll.

I was born and raised in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. It is located on the staked plains of west Texas, between Abilene and Lubbock.  It is now known as "The Big Country" - I sometimes like to call it "the outback of Texas".  In Texas history, it was part of the Comancheria, a vast empire inhabited almost entirely by Comanche Indians until the late 1860's. A few whiles passed through there back in the earlier times but the Comanche's were fiercely protective and the whites had no desire to stay there. The first actual  white settlers established several large cattle ranches and everything was centered around them for many years. The railroads started coming through that part of the country in the 1880's and 1890's, and new roads were established as the region became more populated.  Gradually, over time, the big ranches were broken up and opened up for general homesteading and the smaller farms and ranches that we see there today were created, along with many small towns, including Rotan. I can not claim that my ancestors were among those early settlers. As a matter of fact, we ended up there by chance. My father was working as a laborer, putting in new highways out there in the late 1930's, as part of President Roosevelt's program to create jobs and keep men working so we could pull out of the Great Depression . He made friends with several people in Rotan, liked it and moved his family there around 1944.

I must admit that I couldn't wait to get away from there when I was a boy. When I turned 18 in 1964, I joined the U.S. Navy. I now have fond memories about growing up there.

The Double Mountains near Rotan, Texas

Sacred ground to the Comanches - a home of the great Chief Quanah Parker - written about by early Spanish Explorers - Double Mountain Ranch was owned by the late great Sammy Baugh - legendary Washington Redskins football quarterback.

It is very rugged country but beautiful in its own way. When I travel back there, one of the first things I want to do is to go take a look at the old mountains. I find a secluded place with a good view, like the one in the photograph. I just walk around, breathe the fresh air, look arond and enjoy being alive. I can see why it was a special place for the Comanches.


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WEBMASTER'S CORNER: I tell stories here about some of the people I knew when I was a boy growing up in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. As far as I know - most of these people are deceased now. In no way do I intend to disrespect them by telling these stories.


Dalton Ray Phillips
New Haven, Indiana
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