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Tucker Town Restaurant
"Never in the history of oil field development has any town sprung up into such a thriving little village as Tuckertown. Now less than four months old, Tuckertown has a daily population of 3,000. When oil operations came across Chambers Creek with Humphrey's McKie #1 and McKie #2 in June, a little soft drink and confectionery shack was built at the crossroads entrance to the McKie farm. Tuckertown got in the middle of the big pay. Business came from all sides of the big fields and made it one of the most prosperous oil field towns in the entire country.
Tuckertown was located approximately six miles southeast of Corsicana. A gravel road ran south from Corsicana to Beaumont. This road is now U.S. Highway 287. The gravel road ran parallel to the Trinity-Brazos Valley Railroad which extended to the town of Navarro and beyond. Approximately four miles south of Corsicana, a road ran eastward from the southbound road from Corsicana. Tuckertown was located approximately four miles eastward on this road.
During the oil boom of Corsicana, an even more productive oilfield was discovered near Powell. Founded by Harry L. Tucker on McKie's former ranch land, Tucker's town grew to 3,000 in the first two months then doubled in the third to 6,000 people. The town prospered during the rush for "black gold" and diminished during the great depression. The new Tucker Town Hall stands today where you can celebrate in Texas country style.
It its day, Tuckertown exemplified for Navarro County the free-wheeling, high-pitched way of life that was the oil boom.
Powell, Mildred and Navarro, towns that had been small farming communities before the oil boom, grew with tremendous speed. The business expansion at Powell included a new brick bank building. The LaRue and Barton, wholesale grain and grocery concern, set up a new warehouse near the Cotton Belt RR tracks.
Tuckertown followed the pattern of many boom towns. It grew rapidly in six months to a population of 6,000 and declined when drilling moved south westward. Tuckertown was laid out on each side of the road and was approximately one-half mile long. Alleys ran between some buildings to provide passageways to the rear areas. The buildings were both permanent and temporary. The were build of wood, sheetmetal, tar-paper, canvas and cardboard. Tents, shacks, showers and outdoor toilets were scattered behind the main row of buildings. At the height of its population the town consisted of five grocery stores, three small hotels, two large hotels (of fifteen and forty rooms), a large clothing store, barber shops, bit and rig repair shops, cafes, sandwich shops and blacksmith shops. Reported in the Corsicana Daily Sun, September 22, 1923, included "a boiler works, one filling station, a garage, a movie house, a machine shop, two drugstores, a dancehall, a shooting gallery, and a shoe and boot repair shop completed the makeup of Tuckertown. .