Back From The Brink: The Longhorn Ballroom Is Coming Back

   Built by Bob Wills, once operated by Jack Ruby, the Longhorn Ballroom just south of downtown Dallas has had a storied past. The list of entertainers who have graced their stage run the gamut from Willie Nelson, Ray Charles to the Sex Pistols. 

   The Ballroom has sat mostly empty over the past 10 years, except for the occasional quinceaneras and weddings. Recently the property was bought by businessman Jay LaFrance, who wants to reopen the Longhorn as a music venue in the Summer of 2017. 

   I recently stopped by and got to chat with Western Artist Stylle Read who is updating the giant longhorn and the murals. I snapped a few photos for you to enjoy, including those of the long forgotten Texas Walk of Fame. 

The Western Artist  Stylle Read has been tasked to bring the giant longhorn and the murals up to date. 

Inside the walls on the east side of the compound sits the actual Ballroom

Some of the outside murals that Read will be updating

Behind this fence at the Longhorn Ballroom is a long forgotten 'Walk of Fame'.  A number of performers have been memorialized with stars and a footprint / handprint in cement.  Unfortunately time has not been kind to the display.

In the back of the property behind this white fence, stands the Longhorn's long forgotten Texas Walk of Fame

Of all these stars that indicate a footprint, only two metal stars are still barely readable

The Rusty Wier Star on the Longhorn's Walk of Fame, one of only two that is barely readable

The Johnny Paycheck Star is one of two where the name came be read. 

An up close look at some of the deteriorating stars on the Walk

In the back of the Longhorn property, sits the top frame of the original sign

What the sign once looked like. 

At covered wagon atop the south face wall

Found on the Southwest side of the property 

Address of the Longhorn Ballroom:  216 Corinth Street Road, Dallas, TX 75207

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