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
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16003.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
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. Marker is attached to the Pioneer Hall building next Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Avenue G, Anson TX 79501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (approx. ¾ mile away); Anson Jones (approx. ¾ mile away); Jones County (approx. ¾ mile away); Jones County Courthouse (approx. ¾ mile 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anson.
Also see . . . Cowboys' Christmas Ball. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on November 14, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.