| Turkey Texas
- Home of Bob Wills
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2009
in a Pecan Shell
Originally called Turkey Roost for Turkey Creek and the roosting
turkeys there, settlers began arriving in the 1890's. The name was
shortened when the post office (the dug-out of Alfred P. Hall, postmaster)
was granted in 1893.
The town plat was recorded in 1907 and in 1927, the Fort Worth and
Denver Railroad arrived. The Turkey Volunteer Fire Department was
organized in February of 1928 after two disastrous fires destroyed
most of downtown Turkey. Major crops are cotton,
watermelons, peanuts, and sweet potatoes.
Turkey is best known as the home of Bob
Wills, the King of Western Swing. Wills was a barber in Turkey
during the 1920's. In his biography “Hubbin’ It”, Wills said that
the lotions and soft-work of barbering kept his fingers pliable for
playing the fiddle. It was a trade that many musicians shared, since
the day work of barbering never interfered with dances and holiday
celebrations. Wills form the Texas Playboys band and their music introduced
a new offshoot of county-western music known as “Western Swing.”
The former Turkey school buildings were purchased by The Bob Wills
Foundation and city offices, the library, a senior citizens room,
and the Bob Wills Museum are located in the former grade school building.
The Foundation has built a Bob Wills monument and Bob Wills Park.
Attractions / Landmarks
High School Bldg., Turkey, Texas"
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Of Architectural Interest
The Gem Theater
City Hall: (806) 423-1033
Caprock Canyons State Park
15 miles West of Turkey
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact