First, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, the Long Island Village Swing bridge, the last swing bridge in Texas, is continuously operated. This Christmas Eve, Bob and Kelli meet with Silo Newton, the bridge’s elder statesman, who is making sure families get to be together on Christmas. Then, open only three nights a year since its construction in 1939, Pioneer Hall is the historic host of the annual Cowboys’ Christmas Ball, a tradition dating back to the 1885 western frontier. Bob and Kelli talk to historian and seventh generation Anson resident, John Compere, to learn more about this enduring tradition. Finally, the fiddle of Cross P Charlie, played at the first Cowboys’ Christmas Ball and immortalized in one of the first poems of the Cowboy poetry craze, arrives at the ball for its final performance after more than one hundred years.
Season 51, Episode 15
Dec 24, 2022
Swing Bridge Christmas and Texas Cowboy’s Christmas Ball
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