Train wreck helped to name 'Dugout'

In the old days, meaning that time before the early 1960s, when many of the tiny communities in our area seemed to prosper and their residents had more of a home view than a world view, there existed small places like Malta and Dugout which had a big influence on farming and industry.

The exact origin of the name 'Dugout' is clouded in the fog of history but some say it comes from a train wreck that "dug out" a hill or from a dirt pit which operated there at the time of the construction of Highway 31 in the 1920s.

At one time, an agricultural conglomerate from up North held commercial interest...