History and fun! Do the two mix? You betcha, especially during the annual Night In Old Pearl City observance the weekend before Thanksgiving at historic Turner Hall in Pearl City.
In just a few short years, a Night in Old Pearl City has become one of the most popular events in the area, bringing attention to the historic significance of the Pearl City and Hochheim communities.
Pearl City was named in 1932 by Walter G. Hagens, owner of the community’s only store, and R.J. Etlinger, the local Pearl beer distributor. They chose the name based on the popularity of the beer and the amount that was consumed in Hagen’s store. This tiny hamlet is located on the Hochheim Prairie, about 6-1/2 miles west of Yoakum.
This event is held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and includes an afternoon tour of local historic sites. Each site has a story to tell and represents an important piece of the area’s architectural and cultural history. Past tours have included the Saint Ann’s Church and Cemetery, Hermann Sons Cemetery, Hochheim Prairie School and the Stagecoach Inn.
Tickets are available for a small fee and include a historic tour, dinner with dessert, silent auction, dance and door prizes.