Title: Longing on a Large Scale is What We Call History
Comments: With its weathered hitching posts and prickly pear cacti, the Cherry Springs dance hall in Cherry Springs is a classic slice of Texas. It was built in 1890 by a German-American named Hermann Lehman. As an eleven year old boy, Hermann was kidnapped by Mescalero Apaches. For the next nine years, he lived with the Indians, gaining warrior status. Later, he joined famed Comanche Chief Quanah Parker before finally returning to his sisters and mother and his former life in white society.
The list of those who have performed at Cherry Springs reads like a "who's who" of country music: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins etc... Heck, even Nat King Cole played there.
But probably the most famous of all was Elvis Presley, in 1955. Elvis was an unknown, however, and was mistakenly listed on the advertising handbill as "Clovis Presley."
Like many shrines hereabouts, it has fallen into disrepair. However, it was recently purchased by a man who is going to refurbish it. And once more will the music spill out of the doorways and tickle the prickly pears. .
Location: Cherry Springs
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