A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 12, 2007
“Welcome to Texas. Beware of the Bull”

"Welcome to Texas. Beware of the Bull” has been quoted (since the 1950s) as being a sign near the Oklahoma border.


8 April 1958, Jefferson (Iowa) Bee, pg. 16, col. 2:
A recent visitor in Texas said he noted a sign reading “Welcome to Texas” as he went across the state line. But then he also noted a sign over on the fence that read: “Beware of the Bull.”

10 March 1971, Charleston (WV) Gazette, pg. 13, col. 5:
TOURIST reports he had always heard a lot about how Texans brag but he dismissed most of it as just rumor until he recently made a trip to Dallas. He was driving, he said, and as he crossed the border he saw a large sign that read: “You Are Now In Texas.” Just a few feet down the highway, he reports, there was another sign. This one read: “Beware of Bull.”

1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
edited by Donna Ingham
Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press
2006
Pg. 89:
You are now entering Texas.
Beware of Bull!
-- sign on a ranch fence on the Texas side of the Red River bordering Oklahoma.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 12, 2007 • Permalink