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How 42 (dominoes) was Invented

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Garner is a small Texas town located west of Fort Worth. According to the Texas State Historical Associaton, before its name was changed, it was called Trappe Spring. It was there that two boys, William A. Thomas and Walter Earl, "invented" the domino game "42."

It seems that Thomas, 12, and Earl, 14, children of devout Baptists, were caught playing cards in the hayloft of a barn. Playing cards was considered sinful in those days, and the boys were disciplined for their indiscretion.

Well, necessity breeds invention and the two boys set out to find a way to play cards using dominoes. By the fall of 1887, they had devised a four-player game using double-six dominoes that incorporated bidding and trumps, very similar to the game of 42 played in Texas today.

Since domino playing was acceptable to their parents and other residents of Trappe Spring, Thomas and Earl began teaching others how to play the game. The game caught on and spread from there. The Earl and Thomas families later moved to Windom in Fannin County (north-northeast of Dallas), and the game reportedly spread from there, too.

Now you know the rest of the story .... Good day.

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Posted : 10th January 2020 5:42 pm