Happy Thanksgiving: Should the Town of Turkey, Texas Change its Name to Tofurky?

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One of the most charming things about Texas is the names of it’s towns. Gun Barrel City, Cut and Shoot,  Jot’Em Down, Fate, Dimple, Dripping Springs, all in Texas. I once made my husband drive through Oatmeal, Texas, down near Austin because I loved the name of the town and wanted to own property there. What a cute address: Oatmeal, Texas. Truth be told, I took the wrong turn off 190 west, which is how I found the town. We also have a Turkey, Texas, in west Texas, which is one of only three towns in the U.S. with such a name even though the turkey is practically our national bird. 

But you may have heard:  PETA, as a gesture of goodwill toward saving the necks of the Thanksgiving bird, has asked the small town of under 500 east of Lubbock and Amarillo, to change its name to “Tofurkey”. That’s the vegan equivalent of the holiday’s traditional main course. I’ve had it. It’s awful.

The town was named after the wild turkeys found there, and it’s west Texas. So the folks were not exactly clucking to make the name change. Every year PETA finds a holiday gimmick to promote their cause, which is, of course to eliminate the needless slaughter of innocent animals for food or clothing. It’s a good cause.

“I think it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” said one very ruffled Turkey resident.

The town says that, despite PETA’s offer to prepare a vegan banquet for the entire town, they were insulted and are proud of being turkeys — I mean, Turkey.

Despite the insult to Turkeyians, this is a much better idea than what PETA cooked up laast year. The org tried to rent the notorious “Amityville Horror” house in Long Island, N.Y., to stage an exhibit called “The Amityville Slaughterhouse of Horrors.”

The exhibit was to have included “animatronic chickens with a soundtrack of whirring blades and animal screams, according to PETA Vice President Tracy Reiman.”

This year, they just insulted a small west Texas town, and saved some folks from nightmares.

PETA Asks Texas Town to Change Name to ‘Tofurkey’


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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