STEEL AND AEROPHYSICS
The community of Daingerfield, seat of Morris County, experienced a number of troubling starts before setting down permanent roots. Historically, humans had gathered around a spring located near today’s town center, including European explorers in 1740. Almost a century later, namesake Captain London Daingerfield lost his life in a battle with Native Americans near the spring. Although tragic, the incident seemed to turn the tide in the new community’s favor and by the 1840s Daingerfield had its own post office. However, a devastating fire set the community back considerably, destroying a large percentage of the established homes and businesses. Ironically, it took a war to provide the real boost to Daingerfield’s growth, bringing the Lone Star Steel Company and the United States Navy Bureau of Ordnance Aerophysics Laboratory to town during World War II. Today, Daingerfield is far more peaceful, host to an annual Christmas Parade and Lighting Contest and home to Daingerfield State Park. The Park opened in 1938 and features original improvements by the historic Civilian Conservation Corps.