Impact, Texas

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Impact is a town in Taylor County, Texas, United States. The population was 39 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Impact is located at 32°30′2″N 99°44′41″W / 32.50056°N 99.74472°W / 32.50056; -99.74472 (32.500573, -99.744790)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.


The area that became known as Impact began as a 20-acre (81,000 m2) poultry farm owned by advertising businessman Dallas Perkins. Prior to 1960, liquor sales were prohibited in all cities and counties surrounding Abilene.[4] The prohibition of legal liquor sales encouraged bootleggers to produce illegal liquor commonly called "moonshine".

Perkins capitalized on the area's need for legal liquor by purchasing an addition twenty-seven acres of land adjacent to his farm on the outskirts of Abilene and then pushing for its incorporation.[4][5] Calling the town "Impact" after his advertising business, twenty-nine signatures of local residents were collected and it was incorporated in 1960.[5][6]

Soon after, the town's citizens - consisting mostly of Perkins' family and friends - voted 18 to 2 to permit liquor sales.[4] Abilene lawyers immediately filed motions to oppose the town's incorporation, but a Texas Supreme Court ruling in 1963 upheld Impact's incorporation and its right to sell liquor.[4][5][6]

Two liquor stores opened in Impact in 1963, and the first month's sales were $463,000 (equivalent to roughly $3 million in 2006).[4] With the new found revenues, the town's roads were paved and lighted, garbage pickup was introduced, and a policeman was hired.[7]

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