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TURKEY, TEXAS
“Western Swing Capitol of the World”

Hall County, Texas Panhandle
27 Miles E of Silverton
28 Miles N of Matador
75 Miles W of Quanah
82 Miles NE of Plainview
100 miles NE of Lubbock
100 miles SE of Amarillo

Population: 570 (2000)

Turkey, Texas Area Hotels
Amarillo Hotels | Lubbock Hotels
Turkey Texas - Home of Bob Wills
Turkey Texas - Home of Bob Wills
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
History 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.

Turkey, Texas Attractions / Landmarks

Turkey Tx - Bob Wills Monument - Fiddle
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Tx - Bob Wills Monument
Bob Wills Monument
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Tx - Bob Wills Monument
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
More Texas Statues and Monuments
Turkey Tx Phillips Station
Phillips Station in Turkey
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Turkey Tx - Phillips 66 sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Tx - General Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Tx - Turkey Hotel
Turkey Hotel
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Texas - Service
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Texas Gin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
See Texas Cotton & Cotton Gins
Turkey Texas Bole Furnace
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey High School,  Texas
"$110,000 High School Bldg., Turkey, Texas"
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More Texas Schoolhouses
Turkey Tx - Tin Man Water Tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
More Texas Water Towers
Turkey Texas city limit
City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Turkey Texas - cowboy with horse metal sign
Hurry Back
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Of Architectural Interest
  • The Gem Theater downtown
    City Hall: (806) 423-1033
  • Turkey Area Natural Attractions

  • The Caprock Canyons State Park
    15 miles West of Turkey
  • Bob Wills Audio CD
    Take Me Back to Tulsa [BOX SET]
    Bob Wills &
    Texas Playboys
    Anthology
    1935-1973
    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    The King of Western Swing
    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    The Essential
    Bob Wills &
    His Texas Playboys
    Turkey, Texas Area Destinations:
    Silverton
    Matador
    Quanah
    Plainview
    Lubbock
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    Lubbock Hotels

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