Dime Box Real Estate for Sale
Dime Box is an unincorporated community in Lee County, Texas 12 miles NE of Giddings, and 66 miles east of Austin. Dime Box was originally a Stephen F. Austin land grant homestead. Most of the Dime Box real estate for sale includes multiple acres of land, making this area ideal for potential buyers looking for some room to roam.
There are a few stories related to how the community got its name. One is from the practice of leaving a dime in a box at Brown's Mill to get a letter delivered to Giddings, the county seat. Local lore also reports mail carriers going to the grocery store or buying supplies for Dime Box folks as part of their ancillary duties.
When more folks moved to the area, the letter carriers had a difficult time distinguishing between Brown's Mill and Brownsville, which is down near the Rio Grande River. A name change was called for to prevent further confusion. More local legend claims it was the community doctor who suggested Dime Box as a name because everyone referred to the Mill as "the dime box."
There is also Old Dime Box and New Dime Box to get down to the nitty-gritty in geographic terms. When the Southern Pacific Railroad came to town, it split the Asa P. Moses estate in half, as well as enticed citizens to move closer to the rail lines. Moses insisted the railroad build a bridge for him to ferry his livestock to and from each side of the farm. That bridge now resides in downtown Dime Box. It was dismantled and rebuilt in the 1980s.
New Dime Box received national attention when the March of Dimes Campaign of 1946 began in Dime Box. More details of the community's contribution garnered a spot in Life magazine along with CBS radio coverage.
The citizens of the town organized a fundraising effort for national foundation because of the number of cases of infantile paralysis in the community. These folks were made up the first community to achieve a 100% contribution status from the March of Dimes. News of this accomplishment made headlines in places as far away as Virginia and Montana.
Living in Dime Box
Dime Box real estate for sale usually includes improved pasture land, cross fencing, ponds, and barns. This community makes for a great weekend retreat thanks to historic homesites and a place to enjoy the stillness the area has to offer.
Pigs, chickens, and dairy cattle are still commonplace within the confines of farmer's property lines. Early Czech settlers were farmers, and that agricultural base continues with current residents.
But, these days the ranchers can cut out early to make it to an Aggie game because Dime Box is a 45 min straight shot to Kyle Field. You can't drive across the city limits of Houston in 45 minutes.
Learning In Dime Box
Dime Box Independent School District services the youth of the community. With only ten students per class, individual attention from the teacher is readily available. This care is evident in the statewide administered test scores reported from the district. Students scored right in line with students from higher-density school zones with greater resources.
The Dime Box school mascot is the Longhorn, not surprising for this section of the state, and athletics are an integral part of the development of our youngsters. High School athletics include volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, and baseball.
Junior High School Athletics include the same organized sports, plus cheerleading, thanks to one of our teachers who provides double duties as an educator plus cheerleading coach.
Other Special Attractions
Like other small towns, directions to real estate for sale in Dime Box begins at, or is so many miles from, the local landmarks. Hranice Cemetery, named by early Czech settlers, as "hranice" means "high point" in Czech dialect.
St. Joseph's Cemetery is nearby and between the two resting places, you can read the influence of early Czech residents on the headstones. St. Joseph's Church has been around since the beginning of the 1900s when Czech families began to gather in homes for worship.
Our Dime Box water tower is a familiar site in photos; visitors enjoy providing photographic evidence that our town's name is actually Dime Box. And what better way to accomplish that than by taking a picture of a massive municipal structure.
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