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Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball

Michael Martin Murphey (photo courtesy Joe Owenby)

For 80 years straight, the residents of Jones County have been kicking up their heels in holiday celebration at the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball in Anson (December 18-20).

Modeled after an 1885 dance at the Star Hotel in Anson, the traditional event so inspired country-western musician Michael Martin Murphey that he developed an annual Cowboy Christmas tour, now in its 21st year, that carries the holiday tradition to performance halls across Texas. This December, Murphey will play 11 Cowboy Christmas shows in Texas, wrapping up at the Anson ball on December 18.

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