Jones County, Texas, in the United States, has Anson as its county seat. It is the largest city. The town was renamed “Anson” in 1882 from “Jones City” in honor of Anson Jones, the final president of the Republic of Texas. The people are kind, and the schools are homely. To settle down and have a calm, serene life, it is a nice location. It is close to the larger, nearby city of Abilene, making trips for shopping, events, and nightlife quick and easy.
It is known for the “Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball,” which is a three-night party held in Anson the weekend before Christmas. M.G. Rhodes hosted the inaugural ball at his Star Building in Anson in 1885 and continued to do so every year up until the hotel burned down in 1890. The occurrence was intermittent until it vanished during Prohibition. In 1940, educator and folklorist Leonora Barrett brought the celebration back. Pioneer Hall, a 1930s Works Progress Administration construction, is where the dance is being hosted. Typically, Michael Martin Murphey and his band play music. Aside from perhaps serving as the inspiration for the movie “Footloose,” Anson also had a “no dancing” rule that was still in effect in 1987 and was only abolished for the annual Christmas dance. In 1987, a change to the law was made that made supervised dancing legal. Ricardo Ainslie, a professor at the University of Texas, used the fight as the inspiration for his book No Dancin’ in Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change.
Everyone in the little town of Anson knows everyone else. The schools are small, and the teachers are connected to every student. The locals are friendly. It is a nice location to settle down and have a calm, serene life. It is close to the larger, nearby city of Abilene, making trips for shopping, events, and nightlife quick and easy. It is a little village surrounded by cotton fields. It takes only a few minutes to drive into town if you need something, and people are pleasant there. The people in charge of the county are great and do their jobs with respect, friendliness, and professionalism.
St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Anson-Jones Museum, Anson Public Library, First United Methodist Church, Maranatha Assembly, Williams Machine Gun Range, First Congregational Church, Anson North Lake, Bethel Assembly of God, and several other attractions are just a few of the top sights.
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