From the happy days of the 50s and 60s to today, these stories will cause the winds of yesterday to blow across your mind and strengthen your faith.
History of Dip Streetby Lana Payne Barnett
If bricks could talk, the ones on West Broadway in Tulia,
Texas would say PLENTY. Also known as Dip Street, this
stately avenue became the “drag.” For generations,
teenagers made the street their personal territory.
The bricks were laid in the early 1920s, not long after the
first automobiles arrived in Tulia. Not long after, kids made
the brick road their “drag.” So…if your grandparents grew up
in Tulia, you can be sure, they could be found on the iconic
street. It may have been your ancestors who created the rules
to maneuver the dips located at each intersection. These Dip
Street rules can also apply to life.
Teens made the trek, thousands of times, to the old Santa
Fe Depot, made a U-turn, back up Dip to the Ozark Trail
Monument, another U and back again. Oh, and you honked
at everyone, even if you had just honked five minutes before.
If bricks could talk they may tell of the teens in the 1940s,
according to Marge Dawson, that would see how fast they
could drive between the two telephone poles that sat about
fifteen feet apart in front of the Depot. They may tell you of
the many shade trees that once graced the center of the street
and how after they were removed, Tulia teens would park in
that center to talk and laugh and make memories.
Tulia’s youth were not the only ones to make use of the
grand, old ten-block stretch. Teens from other towns,
throughout the Panhandle and South Plains region knew it
was a great place to hang out.