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|The Texas and Pacific train depot in Weatherford, Texas. Reprinted with permission from Weatherford, Texas, by|
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• West Texas resident: "I recall my mother, who was born in 1902, telling me that it (42) was invented because it used to be against the law to play cards on trains in Texas, but I have heard other origin stories, all having to do with the illegality or sinfulness of playing cards."
• East Texas resident: "The town of Hallettsville, TX claims to be the birthplace of 42. At least it used to--my wife was born there and said that was the town's only claim to fame."
• Central Texas Resident: "I am in my 80s and remember that in Kerrville there were 2 domino halls and my father played 42 a lot at those places, along with many others. This was in the early l920s."
• Tony S. (1996/2004): "Legend has it that 42 was invented by a young Baptist boy in east Texas because he wasn't allowed to play cards. / That's just the story my family told me, mostly my grandmother. I have no idea where they got it from and my grandmother passed away many years ago now."
• Extract from Parker County history as provided by a former resident of Garner: "W. A. Thomas moved to the area in 1879 from Titus county when he was 8 years of age. He attended Trappe Springs School. Sometime during his teen years he developed the modern day game of Texas 42. He explained he developed the game as a means of helping the boys pass away the time as they visited the places of business located in the area."
History of Parker County, page 34, Parker County Historical Commission, 1980.
• Texan in California: "A Methodist minister friend of mine told me it (42) was invented by seminary students (who were not allowed to play cards) at Southwestern Methodist University in Georgetown."
Southwestern University opened in Williamson County, Texas (north of Austin) in 1873.
• Former U.S. Senator from Texas: "I entered Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, in September 1896, and 42 was played in Georgetown at that time. I have understood that this game originated in Georgetown."
Extract from a letter from the Honorable Earle B. Mayfield, published in the New York Folklore Quarterly, 1960.
• Newspaper article (extract) provided by a Texas historian: "...Texans are trying to find out in what Texas town the game (42) first started. The answers included Georgetown, Waco, and the City of Garner..."
Tolbert, Frank X. "New York Curious About Texas 42." Dallas Morning Newspaper 3 Aug 1961.
• Newspaper article by another historian: "...the game of 42 played with dominos started in Mingus, Texas in the 19th century..." Azle News
• Inconclusive Google find: "Will you, then, come into the next room and help to make up a whist party, or a table at euchre, forty-two, casino, cribbage, or any other game at cards ..."
William Jennings Demorest, Ellen Louise Curtis Demorest, Jane Cunningham Croly . Demorest's Family Magazine, 1878.
• 42 originated in Mineral Wells?: "There is an article in the newspaper Wills Point Chronicle of July 15, 1915 (copied from the Temple Telegram) that gives a different originator of the game of 42. This article attributes the originator to have been a resident of Temple, Texas by the name of Giescke, a brakeman on the Santa Fe Railroad. He had been in ill health and had gone to Mineral Wells, Texas for their water treatment. It was in a Mineral Wells hotel that he is supposed to have invented the game of 42. ... It was interesting he first was going to name the game 35." Full article
11 Jan 2017: Thanks to contributor from Canton, Tx for this information.
• Comments on the origin of 42 by Dennis Roberson, author of Winning 42: "The Garner story is clearly the most credible story to date ..." (Click Roberson comments for entire quote. See also Proft comments.)
• If you're interested in the history of 42, way back and recent, you're invited to join the online 42 History Group.
• Other recollections and stories.
Note: If you have an informational contribution, please send . Thanks. -PP
• U.S. rail map: 1885
• Texas railroad maps: 1874 1887
• Texas transportion in the 1800s (Texas State Historical Association)
• Texas railways history (Texas State Historical Association)
• Reported origin of 42 (paraphrased from 1985 newspaper article)
• Texas 42 (Wikipedia's description of the game)
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