Bead-Chickenfeather Brown Black Acrylic Triangles TB
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Texas, United States
This is not collectible.
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About This Item
This is one of a series of large beads obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs. They are named for Texas towns with interesting names or histories. Much of the text is from the online Handbook of Texas or texasescapes.com.
New Hope, which would later become Chickenfeather, began as a community around 1901 when C.B. and Bonnie McLemore donated land for the New Hope Community School and a church. According to a pioneer of the community, the name derives from the misadventure of a group of young boys who decided to go hunting one autumn night around 1910. They failed to bag any game so they swiped a couple of chickens from a farmer, built a fire behind New Hope Church, then roasted and ate the birds. To hide the evidence of their theft, they tossed the feathers and viscera into a well where churchgoers and schoolchildren drew their water each day. Contaminated with the chickens’ remains, the well had to be cleaned out and salted to restore the water to drinkable quality. Thereafter, New Hope was better known as Chickenfeather. Today, the rolling hills around the former Chickenfeather community have been smoothed away by giant lignite mining scoops. Little remains from the community’s existence except for Chickenfeather Road which once passed through the town.
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