Turkey Population- 553  Altitude  2,348

Downtown Turkey features cut-out cowboys leaning on porch columnsGeneral-

Wild turkeys discovered along a small creek gave this town the name of Turkey Creek, and the settlement that grew up there was known as Turkey Roost.  But when the Post Office stepped in and set up shop they shortened the name to plain, old Turkey.   Several businesses and a $50,000 hotel (constructed 1927) were built with the coming of the railroad.  The town became a shipping point for cattle, grain and cotton. 

An annual event, on the last Sunday in April, is the Bob Wills Reunion.  The famous musician is recognized with a monument at the west end of Main Street.   Although the town's population is small, crowds range from ten to fifteen thousand during the festival.

Historic Inn : Hotel Turkey -

Built in 1927, the Hotel Turkey has remained in continuous operation and is listed with the State and National Historic Registries.  The hotel is run as a bed and breakfast establishment today and retains its original 1927 decor in the fifteen rooms.

For information, call 806/423-1151, or 800/657-7110.  At 3rd and Alexander Streets.

Bob Wills Museum -

This museum honors the man known as the King of Western Swing.  Wills was reared on a farm just north of the town and passed his growing up years here.  Memorabilia of the Texas Playboys (Bob Wills' band) and of Wills' career and its influence on American music is displayed.  One may see fiddles, boots, hats, recordings, photos and hear the music.

Open Monday - Tuesday 9a.m. - 11:30 a.m., and 1 -5 p.m.  Wednesday - Friday open 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 - 5 p.m.  On Sixth and Lyles streets.



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