Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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October 9, 2012

Founders Day Saturday in Burleson

 

Burleson’s 20th annual Founders Day begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Ellison Street in Old Town Burleson.

The city will celebrate its centennial after being incorporated in 1912. The city was founded in 1881.

Some of the activities that will take place at the celebration include a costume parade and walk from First Baptist Church at the corner of Ellison and Johnson St. to the railroad tracks at 10 a.m. 

From there, the city will have a “homecoming” for the linotype that was restored by Robert Griffith at the Burleson Visitors Center. The linotype was used as early as 1951 and remained in use until 1985 for the Burleson News and Burleson Dispatcher. The linotype was a standard in newspaper offices for almost 100 years. The Burleson Visitors Center was once home to the Burleson News and Burleson Dispatcher, and the linotype has taken its rightful spot in the center since August.

“We’re going to have a little re-dedication, homecoming machine, mayor has agreed to say a few words and we’ll have a couple of other speakers,” said Burleson Heritage Foundation President Dale Dexheimer at the Oct. 1 city council meeting.

Dexheimer said anyone who has Centennial attire is welcomed to appear in the parade, including the 30-35 Centennial Dinner attendees who were in costume on Sept. 30.

Other activities and events include mock gunfights, food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and live entertainment. 

The celebration has about 100 vendors, but is still seeking more. To get a booth application, call Neal Jones at 817-447-3522 or 817-343-2589.

Founders Day is expected to last until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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