Anson in Jones County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Cowboys’ Christmas Ball
In 1934, Lenora Barrett and Hybernia Grace revived the historic ball and its folklore. Their group performed during the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas and at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C. in 1938, when they danced on the White House lawn. As annual interest increased, the group copyrighted the event and named a board of directors for the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball Association. A new venue, Pioneer Hall, was built in 1938-40 with help from the Work Projects Administration. The dance has been a three-day event since 1940, and the following year Jenne Magagan’s mural in the Anson Post Office depicted the historic “Cowboy Dance.” Chittenden’s poem records real people and ranches of 1880s Jones County, along with observations
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16003.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 32° 44.747′ N, 99° 53.539′ W. Marker is in Anson, Texas, in Jones County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue G and 23rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is attached to the Pioneer Hall building next to the front entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Avenue G, Anson TX 79501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Phantom Hill C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense Anson Jones (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jones County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jones County Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Omar Burleson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Anson Opera House (approx. 0.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Anson (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Anson.
Also see . . .
1. Classic Cowboy Poetry - Larry Chittenden. Includes the full verses of the poem. (Submitted on November 14, 2014.)
2. The Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball. Official website of the Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association. (Submitted on November 14, 2014.)
3. Cowboys' Christmas Ball. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on November 14, 2014.)
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