ABERDEEN, TEXAS - NO MORE

 

 Fred Bull has travelled more than 95,000 miles visiting Aberdeens around the world. But he arrived too late to find Aberdeen, Texas. There used to be a community named Aberdeen in Collingsworth County, Texas but it disappeared from the map in the early 1960s.

Now Rowan Films have produced a video "In Search of Aberdeen" on Mr Bull's visits to Aberdeens in the United States, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Hong Kong, South Africa, Guyana, and South Andaman Island as well as Scotland. The 105-minute video is on sale at HMV. W.H. Smith and the Aberdeen Journals Shop in Aberdeen or direct from Fred Bull, Birkens, Logie Coldstone, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5PQ. Tel. 013398-80042. E-mail bullsorbus@aol.com. Mr Bull can provide the video in North American format.He has also written a book delving into the history of each Aberdeen.

In the U.S. there are 18 Aberdeens to be found in Arkansas, California, Florida, Virginia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,South Dakota, West Virginia and Washington. In most of them Mr Bull found descendants of Scot with a sense of kinship with Aberdeen, Scotland.

In 1889 the Earl of Aberdeen bought the Rocking Chair Ranch in Collingsworth, Texas and renamed i tAberdeen. At one time it had a blacksmith's shop, store,school, hotel, post office and church and aspired to be the county seat of Collingsworth County. However, the town of Wellington was chosen instead and Aberdeen went into decline and by 1963 its residents had all moved away.

This article was submitted by Bill Neish from Aberdeen, Scotland.

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