Dublin is a small town located in Central Texas in the county of Erath. Dublin is home to about 3,698 residents, so this is a very tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody. The owner of your favorite shop may very well be your next door neighbor. This also makes for some incredibly affordable Dublin real estate in the countryside. For many years, Dublin was the only source for Dr. Pepper made with real cane sugar in the United States. In fact, Dublin is the former home of the world’s oldest Dr. Pepper bottling plant.
Before the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad was abandoned in 1958, Dublin was the southern terminus of that line. Legendary golfer Ben Hogan was born in Stephenville, and his childhood home was located in Dublin. Another notable resident of Dublin was George C. Butte — jurist, educator and Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee. He married and resided in Dublin for several years. Lieutenant Colonel George Andrew Davis. Jr. was born in Dublin, Texas. He was awarded the medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in “MiG Alley” during the Korean War. Davis ranks 16th on the list of the most highly decorated U.S. military personnel of all time. Davis is also listed on the list of Korean War air aces, the list of World War II aces from the United States and the list of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients. Davis was unfortunately killed and was the only flying ace of the United States to be killed in action in Korea. In 2005, Dublin was officially designated the Irish Capital of Texas by Governor Rick Perry. This town is actually home to many residents of Irish American descent, so the name fits quite well.
Dublin students are served by the Dublin Independent School District. Dublin’s marching band was awarded a Division 1 for the first time in history during the 2010-11 school year at the Regional UIL Camp held in Glen Rose, Texas. The band was awarded Division 1 again during the 2011-12 school year. They also won the sweepstakes award for earning Division 1 in all three categories of UIL requirements. Dublin has an astonishing graduation rate of 96-percent, so the local students are soaring.
Locals from surrounding cities love to visit Dublin Bottling Works, home of the world’s best sodas. The sodas at Dublin Bottle Works are made with pure cane sugar only and are served all over the world. Anyone can visit Dublin and tour the historic bottling facilities. Other great places to visit in Dublin include Old Doc’s Soda Shop and Museum, Dublin Historical Museum, Rodeo Heritage Museum, Dublin Veteran’s Memorial and Turnbow Barbee Labin which was created in 1855. Dublin is not very far from the most famous cities in the state of Texas. Dallas, Waco and Fort Worth are under two hours away while Austin is two and a half hours away and San Antonio is three and a half hours away. All of these cities are great getaways and only a quick road trip away. In just a couple of hours, you could be touring the Alamo, walking down the river walk, eating on sixth street, shopping in Dallas or walking around one of many different zoos, museums, amusement parks and more.