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Tulia makes Tinsel Town History

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Tulia, Texas - Bet didn't know that Tulia has it's place in Hollywood history... Back in the early 1900's a Tulia blacksmith made spurs for some of the most famous Tinsel Town cowboys.

His name was J.O. Bass and he has a one-man blacksmith shop in Tulia. Bass made specialized spurs for the movies without ever leaving the Texas Panhandle.

Alan Glasscock with the Swisher County Museum says, "what he'd do is have you send him two postcards. One that said left and one that said right. Take two pieces of bailing wire and wrap them around your boot where you wanted to the spur to fit. Cut it to the length you wanted. Tape it to the card and mail it to him and he'd make your spurs off of those two little pieces of wire." 

Those cowboys paid $7.50 for the spurs back then. Today... They're collectors items and go for as much as $20,000 on eBay.

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