This Week In Texas History


April 2015 - Week 1                                                 AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

HONKY-TONK TEXAS
This Week In Texas History...

APRIL 1981 AND LET’S HONKY-TONK.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY
REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL
LAND OFFICE.


APRIL 1, 1981. FORT WORTH. SPURRED BY THE NATIONAL CRAZE FOLLOWING THE
FILM URBAN COWBOY, BILLY BOB’S TEXAS OPENS TODAY AS THE WORLD’S
LARGEST HONKY TONK.


NAMED AFTER OWNER BILLY BOB BARNETT, AN AGGIE AND PRO FOOTBALL
PLAYER, THE CLUB HAS OVER 30 BARS AND CAN SEAT 6,000. WITH ALMOST THREE
ACRES UNDER ROOF, IT EVEN HAS ITS OWN INDOOR ARENA FOR BULL RIDING!


BUILT IN 1910 AS A CATTLE BARN FOR THE NEARBY STOCKYARDS, AIRPLANES
WERE BUILT HERE DURING THE WAR.


TONIGHT, THE GATLIN BROTHERS PERFORM, FOLLOWED THAT WEEK BY WAYLON
AND WILLIE.


DESPITE SETBACKS AND A BRIEF CLOSURE IN 1988, THE CLUB REMAINS A TEXAS
LEGEND.


BILLY BOB’S TEXAS LEFT THE CHUTE THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.


Tanya Krause, "BILLY BOB'S TEXAS," Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/xdb02), accessed March 19, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010.


Modified on March 2, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
"The History of Billy Bob's Texas" Billy Bob’s Texas (http://www.billybobstexas.com/history/),
accessed March 19, 2015.