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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

Argyle Mayor Larry Alderson making the Historical Marker dedication at Johns' Well in 1986.Courtesy photo
Argyle Mayor Larry Alderson making the Historical Marker dedication at Johns' Well in 1986.
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Argyle residents Deborah Cottle and Kathy Salisbury recently represented Keep Argyle Beautiful at the 46th annual Keep Texas Beautiful conference in San Antonio. The theme for the conference was “Texas today. Texas tomorrow. Keep Texas Beautiful.”

The goals of the conference were to celebrate and recognize the achievements of youth and community leaders, civic groups, businesses and governmental offices. Also included was to offer to the public various programs on beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention.

Experts in the different fields attending the conference gave interesting workshops and members of various organizations shared their community achievements while offering suggestions on how to accomplish community goals.

“One person can make a difference” was echoed by a number of the speakers as they provided the audience with ideas and outlined projects that could be incorporated in their communities.

Cottle said she would like to see Keep Argyle Beautiful perform several projects. They include: work with the town of Argyle to create a park on West Front Street; team with the Argyle Athletic Association to improve the ball fields off Crawford Road; recreate a railroad depot station to restore Argyle’s historical heritage; have a farmers’ market and community garden; work with the Graham-Argyle Cemetery Association to promote the cemetery’s historical value; and erect an Argyle monument sign on Interstate 35W.

“I know these projects are rather large, but with community help, donations and grants all of these could be accomplished,” said Cottle, “Someday Argyle will be a destination and not just a pass-through town.”

Coming up:

The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon Tuesday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room. An exercise class starts at 10 a.m., followed by card games at 11 a.m.

Days gone by

In early Texas whenever there was an abundance of water, it became a watering hole or a campground meeting place. Johns’ Well, at the intersection of Old Justin Road and Taylor Road, was located on the property of Hardin and Charlotta Johns, early relatives of Argyle resident Wallace Lynch and grandson, former Mayor Matt Smith.

Johns bought the property in 1875 for $2,500.

The well provided water for summer campground meetings, neighboring families and cattle drives that were passing through the area.

To coincide with the arrival of the Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train camping out overnight at Pilot Knob Ranch on June 26, 1986, Argyle residents mounted their horses and climbed into their wagons to travel from the school grounds on Eagle Drive up Old Justin Road for the dedication of the official Texas Historical Marker for Johns’ Well and Campground.

Dr. Gene and Wanda Wright, current owners of the property, consented to have the location dedicated as a historic site.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.