Retire to Athens, Texas

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Dallas, Texas is a great place to work and live, but for retirement some may prefer Athens; a small town nearby which offers good fortune and adventure.
In July 2011, Forbes magazine published a TOP 10 List of Cities considered to be “economic superstars”. Dallas, Texas was chosen as one of those cities because of its relatively low housing prices and its attractive job market. While Dallas may be a terrific place to work and live, some may prefer to retire to one of the surrounding Texan communities or towns such as Athens.

Good Luck Peas and Texas Caviar
In 1971, Athens held the first-ever Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree. The history behind this event is as follows:
The late J. B. Henry, an Athens businessman, decided to grow the black-eyed pea and market the legumes on a commercial scale as “Good Luck Peas for New Year’s Day”; and for the wealthy and well-to-do (or those who like to dream they are), pickled black-eye peas were sold as “Texas Caviar”.
Mr. Henry passed away in 1940, but to this day he is still referred to as the “Black-Eyed Pea King of East Texas”. Such loyalty to his kingship is deserved. Giving black-eyed peas the aura of “good fortune” and calling them “caviar” for the rich folks; That was genius!
Today, all the credit being given to the savvy marketing talents of Mr. Henry, Athens, Texas is referred to as the “Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World”.

The First GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community
In addition to the honour of being designated the “Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World”, Athens holds the honour of being chosen as one of the first “GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Communities” in the state.
If you visit the site ‘Retire in Texas’, and go to the respective page, you will find a list of all the communities that have been approved for this program. The Texas Department of Agriculture, Trade and Business Development state their intentions plainly as follows:
“The GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program is a certification and promotion program provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The GO TEXAN stamp of approval ensures each certified community has demonstrated, through its application, that it can meet the living, employment/volunteer, health, entertainment, education, and safety needs of its citizens and visitors; all the things that make Texas a great place to retire.”
Other Texas cities or towns are welcome to apply for this program.

Final Accolade
According to USA Today; zip-lining is a zany form of adventure for thrill seekers, that first became popular in Costa Rica, but has now become popular in the USA.
Athens, Texas is the first city that I have ever known that puts New York and Texas together and makes it work. Not New York, New York (which is what I thought of when I first saw one of the advertisements for the New York, Texas Zip-Line Adventures; but New York, Texas (about 20 miles east of Athens). It’s easy to get confused, especially when you discover that there is also an Athens, New York!

Why would a zip-lining adventure be significant if you’re planning to retire to Athens, Texas, instead of say … assurances about golfing? I don’t know, maybe you have an adventurous bucket list. Why did former President George Bush Sr. decide to go parachuting on his 80th and 85th birthdays and plan to do it again when he turns 90? Zip-lining may be a key factor in deciding whether or not you want to retire to Athens, Texas.

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