From the Vault: Thanksgiving Celebrations in 19th-Century Dallas
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Another Thanksgiving has arrived. I’ve been busy this Thanksgiving season working with my brother to clear out my late aunt’s home as we prepare to sell it (she died in April of COVID-19, one of many, many reasons this year has been such a difficult one), and, as a result, my updating of this blog has been a little sparse lately. So today’s post will be a look back at Thanksgiving posts from the past.
Flashback Dallas posts tagged “Thanksgiving” are here.
The individual posts are:
- “Encouraging Dallasites to Observe Thanksgiving — 1874.” It took a while to persuade Southerners (and Texans) that Thanksgiving was not an abolitionist plot.
- “Thanksgiving in Dallas — 1883.” Notes on the day’s activities, culminating in a picnic at Eagle Ford.
- “Thanksgiving, 1891 — The First Turkey-Day Football Game in Dallas.“ Dallas vs. Fort Worth. I really enjoyed writing this one — if, like me, sports stuff leaves you cold, there are a lot of ads and interesting non-sporty tidbits to keep you entertained.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If your celebrations this year aren’t as festive and as full of family and friends as usual, just know that things will (hopefully!) be better next year.
This year I’m thankful that I had my aunt Bettye Jo in my life for as many years as I did. And for everyone else who has lost a loved one in this awful year or suffered hardships they couldn’t have imagined last Thanksgiving: we’ll get through this.
Sources & Notes
Photo of turkeys crossing the road was taken by me on a drive through Millsap, Texas (Parker County) in October, 2012.
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