As many as 20,000
turkeys have been driven down the streets of Cuero.
Since 1908, these gobblers, which could have been our national bird,
would trot from their roosts along main street down to the packing
house. People soon started flocking to see them.
In 1912, the first Cuero Turkey Trot was held.
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Cuero Turkey Trot Bottles
the roads of Texas and you're in that
certain antique or junk store on the side of the road. If by chance
you see an old pop bottle with embossed Turkey's on it GRAB IT! You're
more than likley to have found a commemorative Cuero Turkey Trot bottle
and a piece of Texas History!
Cuero is famous
for it's annual Turkey Trot Parade down main street and these
bottles were made for the occasion. These parades have been taking
place since 1912!
There are 4 distinct types known to have been made, Three being
embossed and one newer style with a colored label. The most common
embossed is a 4 sided green bottle with 4 Turkey's embossed(Pat'd
1923), then a round body bottle with one big Turkey embossed(Pat'd
1924), then the rarest of the embossed is a clear 4 sided with Turkey's
with this bottle having the glass plant mark "3 RIVERS*" on the heel(mid-1920's).
This was the mark of the Three Rivers Texas Glass plant(1922-37).
The last bottle made was for the Cuero Centennial in 1972 and is what
bottle collectors call an ACL bottle(applied color label). These can
still be found in shops from time to time and some survived still
full with the contents. These newer bottles held Cream Soda Pop.
As far as what is a fair value if you see one? The embossed Turkey
bottles are very seldom found in shops anymore but a few of the green
bottles would show up at the Houston Antique bottle show from time
to time and fetch about $75+. The clear embossed is the most sought
after and rarest and would bring quite a bit more if the seller knew
what they had! Your 1972 green colored label can be found regularly
on internet auction sites and in junk shops and should cost you about
$5-$12. It took me 30 years of bottle collecting before I got my 4
set complete- Good luck Turkey Hunting!!! - William
Beauchamp, April 17, 2009
Trot in Cuero
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