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Texas Town Changing its Name to Support Cowboys

January 19, 1996 GMT

PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) _ On Monday, this East Texas community is changing its name for a week in support of the Dallas Cowboys who play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

``It’s all in fun,″ Pittsburg, Texas, city manager Ned Muse told the Longview News-Journal. ``We just want everyone to know how we feel.″

The official name change _ to Cowboys, Texas _ will come at a ceremony Monday on the city’s southern city limits on Texas 271 when Mayor D.H. Abernathy will read a proclamation. The change will be effective for the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Pittsburg, with a poulation of 3,635, is 108 miles east of Dallas.

Following the ceremony, a group of Cowboys fans will observe the changing of the town’s city limits sign with one bearing the new, though temporary, name.

The idea isn’t entirely original. The town of Buffalo, Texas, changed its name to Blue Star when the Dallas Cowboys played the Buffalo Bills in the 1993 and 1994 Super Bowls.

For those trying to get mail to the East Texas town, the zip code might get a letter to the right destination, but better safe than sorry, according to postmaster Jerry Huffman.

``If you’re really serious about getting your letter to Pittsburg, you better put Pittsburg on it,″ he said.