Tales of Allen

  • A Short History of Allen, Texas

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Diamond Bill & Texas Anthems

Allen, Texas native Ken Byler shares Diamond Bill’s story, one of the most treasured tales in Texas folklore, and the history of Texas anthems. Among the songs Ken will tell the stories of include “Texas, Our Texas” and “Will You Come to the Bower?” Compiled by the late Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie, Diamond Bill is the story of a man’s pet rattlesnake. Where else but Texas would a person carry their pet rattlesnake in their satchel?