Anson Texas History:
The town of Jones City was originally established at Fort Phantom Hill but moved to its present location in anticipation of the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad, but the railroad built further south through Baird, Abilene and Sweetwater, Texas. Jones City became the Jones County seat in 1881. A year later the town was renamed Anson in honor of for Anson Jones, a physician, a founding member of the first Masonic Lodge in Texas, a veteran of San Jacinto, and the last President of the Republic of Texas. He is buried in Houston’s Glenwood Cemetery. In 1926, the Phillips Petroleum Company discovered oil southwest of Anson. The Bullard oilfield opened one mile southwest of Anson in 1950. Many residents commute to Amarillo for work. Anson is located at the intersection of U.S. 277/U.S. 83 (Commercial Street) and U.S. 180 (17th
Street), 49 miles northeast of Sweetwater, 61 miles east of Snyder, 29 miles east of Roby, 36 miles southeast of Aspermont, 31 miles southwest of Haskell, 15 miles southwest of Stamford, 37 miles west of Albany, and 27 miles northwest of Abilene, Texas.
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great War Chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail
. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email Texas Plains Trail Region Map
Jones County Courthouse, 1910:
The brick courthouse was designed in beaux-arts style by architect Elmer George Withers. Shortly after the courthouse was built the roof was remodeled. The corner turrets were removed and the clock tower was shortened. The Jones County monument and a statue of Anson Jones are located on the courthouse grounds. The Anson Jones house and kitchen building are located at the Barrington Living History Farm at Washington-on-the Brazos. The 2010 Jones County census was 20,202. (325) 823-3741. 100 Courthouse SquareThe courthouse square is located in downtown Anson on U.S. 83.
Annual Memorial Day 5K, May:
The race begins at 8:30am. It is sponsored by the Anson Jones Museum which will be open to visitors.
Annual West Texas Fair & Rodeo, Abilene, TX, Two Weeks in Sept:
(325) 677-4376. This event is held at the Taylor County Expo Center at 1700 SH 36, Abilene. @TaylorCoExpo @AbileneCVB
Annual Cowboy’s Christmas Ball, Weekend before Christmas, Dec:
The original ball was held in 1885. The ball is reenacted annually according to the 1885 rules which require ladies to wear dresses on the dance floor, and gentlemen to check their hats and spurs. Traditional dance music includes the Virginia reel and Cotton-Eyed Joe. The Anson WPA Post Office Mural is a painting of the ball. The Texas Cowboy’s Christmas Ball and Pioneer Hall are listed as an official Texas Historical Event. The event is held on the weekend before Christmas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Pioneer Hall at 2300 Avenue G. (325) 537-2589. (325) 725-2544. Email
Sirloin 66 Cafe:
The café serves a great breakfast. (325) 823-2466. 1631 17th
(325) 823-2444. 1831 Commercial Avenue. Reviews