Matador Half - Dugout

Matador Half - Dugout (HM2IEP)

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N 33° 35.404', W 101° 52.935'

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Most first homes of ranches and settlers on the plains were half-dugouts. They were cut into embankments with the door facing southeast to catch cool breezes in summer. Roofs were made of hides, sod, thatch or, in this case, wood shingles. The roof of this Dickens County, Texas, dugout was built from cottonwood trees that grew along a nearby creek. When materials became available, settlers moved to more conventional homes, glad to be rid of the snakes and critters that shared the dugouts. Cowboys continued to use these structures as bunkhouses or line camps.
Placed ByThe Diamond M Foundation and National Ranching Heritage Center
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Date Added Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 232514 N 3720428
Decimal Degrees33.59006667, -101.88225000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.404', W 101° 52.935'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 24.24" N, 101° 52' 56.1" W
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