Saturday in Mineral Wells, during a meeting of the National Review Commission for the Texas Historical Commission, the case will be made that the Longhorn Ballroom is a special place that deserves protection. It’s not too late to plan to attend the meeting, if that’s your kind of thing. The nomination process for the National Register of Historic Places is open to the public and will take place at the Crazy Water Hotel beginning at 9 a.m.

This isn’t the only big meeting this month on what lies ahead for the Longhorn. Edwin Cabaniss, the guy asking the city of Dallas to approve $4 million in economic incentives to get his Longhorn redevelopment plans operational, tells me that it is on the agenda of the municipal council for September 28. Then he texted that he was off the radar because right now he’s in Nashville, where his team at the Kessler Theater is presenting a musical showcase from Texas to Americanafest.

I bring this all up because Bill Sanderson wrote a story about the Longhorn for Magazine DSeptember “Music Number”. Bill used to run with Doug Married, son of Dewey Groom, the legendary operator of the Longhorn for many years. Bill wrote about what it was like for him personally to frolic in this sacred space, the setting for so many epic performances.

His story was uploaded today. You should read it in order to better appreciate the show that you will hopefully see in the not too distant future.


Tim is the editor of Magazine Dwhere he has worked since 2001. He won a National Magazine Award in…