Sometime in the 1890’s, when the first settlers stepped onto the banks of Turkey Creek in the panhandle of Texas, they found there flocks of wild Rio Grande turkeys roosting there. Soon, the settlement of Turkey Roost was formed. Between farming the fertile soil and the abundant wild game, including turkey, deer and buffalo, life was good. The name was shortened to simply Turkey, Texas when the post office (the dug-out of Alfred P. Hall, postmaster) was granted in 1893.
Turkey is best known as the home of Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Wills was a barber in Turkey during the 1920's. Wills formed The Texas Playboys and their music introduced a new offshoot of county-western music known as “Western Swing.”
The former Turkey school buildings were purchased by The Bob Wills Foundation and city offices, the library, a senior citizens room, and the Bob Wills Museum are located in the former grade school building. The Foundation has built a Bob Wills monument and Bob Wills Park. The annual Bob Wills Day Festival draws ten thousand to the town the last Saturday in April.
Major crops are cotton, watermelons, peanuts, and sweet potatoes. In fact, sweet potatoes from Turkey are prized for their quailty and superior taste to this day.
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