Without coordinating with one another, both crews used the same Oak tree as their starting and ending point and both selected the same tract. The statistical impossibility of such a coincidence, and the fact that Beall and Deakins were both friends, inspired both to conclude that the surveys had overlapped by accident. After a cordial exchange, Deakins agreed that good land was plentiful and suggested that his friend take control of these acres. Having an equally pleasant disposition about the potentially divisive matter, Beall submitted his claim to the patent office as The Accident Tract. The name endured, as has the town itself which was incorporated in 1916.