“The Cowboys' Christmas Ball”/Anson Pioneer Hall (1885)

“The Cowboys' Christmas Ball”/Anson Pioneer Hall (1885)

Every December since 1885, Anson,Texas swells for a threeday ‘sworray’ more commonly called “The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball.” It was originally held in the Morning Star Hotel by the founder of the event, Lenora Barrett and ran annually until a city ordinance ordered ’no dancing in Anson,’ in 1933. Mostly, the City Council had members of the Church of Christ, who did not allow dancing and they voted for this ordinance to prevent any dancing in Anson. This prevailed until 1940 when a group of Ansonites united to get the ordinance amended, altered and repealed which would allow dancing to continue at the annual ’sworray’ at the newly built Pioneer Hall.


Breckenridge American

114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (940) 228-0589