Anson is the Seat of Jones County
and was founded in 1881. Ansons name comes from Dr. Anson
Jones, who was the last president of the Republic of
Texas. This area is one of the
richest farming areas in all of Texas, cotton production
can be observed from field to gin. Other primary crops
include wheat, sorghum, hay, and oats. Cattle, oil, and
gas extraction, and gypsum products add to the economy.
Each December since 1885, The Cowboys' Christmas Ball
is held in Pioneer Hall. Popularized
by Michael Martin Murphey's musical rendition of the
"The Cowboys' Christmas Ball," a poem honoring
ranch men of Texas written in 1890 by William Lawrence
(Larry) Chittenden after attending one of the balls.
For information about the ball, or
on restaurants and accommodations, contact the Anson Chamber of Commerce at
1132 West Court Plaza, or call (915)823-3259,
Anson Jones Museum-
Located Inside the historic
church building; artifacts and exhibits include miniature
reproduction of town square as it existed in 1904, a desk
and chair used by Dr. Anson Jones in his medical
practice, and other local memorabilia. Open Wed. - Sun. 2
- 4:30 p.m.; closed holidays. 1302 Avenue K.
Built in 1907 by Albert W.
Johnson; This facility is considered by many to be the "fanciest"
showplace between Fort Worth and El Paso. The Anson Opera House once hosted musical
and dramatic productions, public and civic activities,
silent and talking movies, and even wrestling and
bare-fist fighting events until the 1930s. Today it is
used for stage productions and a country-Western musical
usually the third Saturday of the month. Located on the
north side of Town Square. Call (915)823-3542 for a