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This town was established in 1854 by A.H. Dobkins and named in 1860. The name, originally spelled Doublin, is said to come from a practice by early settlers who "doubled in" their wagons to defend against attacks. Another version says the town was named after the capital of Ireland. In 1881, the town moved four miles to be closer to the newly-laid Texas Central Railroad. Golf legend Ben Hogan was a native of the city.
In Erath County, the city is 72 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Hunters take deer, duck, dove and quail in season.