Heritage, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 1995 Page: 17
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Called "the historical living museum,"
Hotel Turkey, founded in 1927, is on the
National Register of Historic Places and is
the site of a Texas historical marker.
Built for the Fort Worth & Denver
Railroad, the hotel was a refuge to many
who lost their homes, land, and jobs during
the Depression. Today, the 20-room bed
and breakfast is filled with furnishings,
treasures, toys, and artifacts from the past.
Bob Wills, known as the "King of Western
Swing", is Turkey's most famous son,
and Wills is said to have made his first
public performance in the hotel dining
room in 1929. The Bob Wills Center, Palo
Duro Canyon State Park, and Caprock
Canyon State Park are all nearby.
The Chaska House
716 West Main Street
Listed in The National Register of Historic
Places, this home was built in 1900 by
prominent merchant, Edward Chaska and
his wife Marie.
Colonnaded architecture, a wraparound
verandah, and large, tall rooms are
all features of this Revival style home,
which accommodates an extensive collection
of Period American, English, and
French antiques. The Chaska House is
located on Main Street in the West End
Founded in 1851, Waxahachie blossomed
during the cottom boom in the
1880s until its abrupt decline at the time of
the Great Depression. A slow recovery of
the local economy helped spare many of
the grand old homes that grace the city
The Chaska House advertising brochure
states that Waxahachie is "only 100 years
and 40 minutes!" from Dallas.
The Rose of Sharon
Bed and Breakfast Inn
This elegant Victorian home was a wedding
gift from local attorney, F.P. Powell,
to his bride in 1892. The Powells occupied
the residence for 10 years before he moved
his practice to Austin. The home became a
boarding house during the 1940s and was
purchased in 1987 by its present owners
who have lovingly restored it to its original
Outstanding features of this home include
the rare display of Queen Anne
stained glass windows, the curly pine stairway,
and a newell post inlaid with a mahogany
Star of Texas.
Located in the Waxahachie Historic
West End District, this bed and breakfast is
one of many restored, elaborate homes in
the neighborhood built by wealthy cotton
barrens. The magnificent Ellis County
Court House is an easy stroll from the Rose
Editor's Note: The Texas Historical Foundation
does not endorse any of the inns or bed and
breakfasts named in this article. Information
for this article was submitted by the individual
owners of the various establishments, who are
all members of the Historic Hotel Association
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* Oldest continuously operated business in Texas
10 Victorian rooms with Continental Breakfast
* Ride our bicycles down to the blue and placid
Comal River and Falls!
300 feet from the Hummel Museum, antique shops,
and the historic downtown area
* Wolfgang's Keller Restaurant provides European
* Mystery Weekends
* Member, HHAT and THMA
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