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The Place is Argyle: Patriotic speaker program slated for Jan. 24

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons

The Argyle Lions Club, the Argyle Fine Arts Preschool and Rapid Med are the sponsors of a Patriotic Speaker Program set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Argyle High School Auditorium, 191 U.S. Highway 377. 

Lynn Sheffield Simmons
Lynn Sheffield Simmons

World War II veteran Don Graves, who served in the United States Marine Corps at the battle of Iwo Jima, will share his historic stories and have his memorabilia on display.

There will be refreshments and the event is free to the public. For more information call, 817-312-2382.

From the Past: Argyle's railroad warning systems

Many of us become impatient while waiting at a railroad crossing for a train to go by, and we don't think about the safety features of having that crossbar in front of us. 

In 1980, safety at the railroad crossings was the main concern of the Argyle ISD Board of Education. The only railroad cross bar warning system the city had was at the intersection of U.S. Highway 377 and FM407. There were no signals at the two railroad crossings near the school.

School board member A.L. Powdermaker presented to the board an outline of the procedures necessary for the community to follow in order to install railroad warning systems at the crossings that lead to the school.

During the meeting, a dozen parents volunteered to take two-hour shifts to count traffic crossing the tracks, the count of train frequency and a sketch showing the locations on U.S. 377, the crossings and the school. The drawings and information would be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Missouri Pacific Railroad. 

Also included would be requests for immediate on-site inspections to TxDOT, the railroad regional supervisor, the AISD board and the Argyle City Council.

After the on-site inspection, one railroad warning system was expected to be placed at a major school railroad crossing by the beginning of the 1980-81 school year. It wasn't until the following year that Argyle had two school railroad warning systems.

The next time you have to stop at a railroad crossing, think about the hard work Argyle people did to make it possible for us, and our children, to have warning systems and crossbars to keep us safe.


Keep Argyle Beautiful meets Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Holtman Designworks, 403 S. U.S. Highway 377. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through educational and motivational programs, and special events. For more information, visit or email Amy Bubeck at

Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of every month for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. The chamber office is located inside Point Bank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at Coffee Tree Café, 144 Old Town Blvd. in Argyle, and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle via email at

Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 50 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at

Editor's Note

This is Lynn Sheffield Simmons' final column as she announced her retirement this week from writing "The Place is Argyle."