One of the fastest growing cities in the state (the 1950 population
was 1,684), Mesquite is adjacent to the east city limit of Dallas. Established
as a stop on the T&P Railroad, it was named for nearby Mesquite Creek. More
than 1,115 acres of parks, two golf courses, 4 public swimming pools and recreation
Devil's Bowl Speedway-
One half - mile racetrack features all types of vehicle races,
including sprint cars, super modifieds, modifieds and motorcycles. Races Fri. - Sat.
Mar. - Nov. U.S. 80, exit Lawson Rd. Admission. For racing information,
972/222 - 2421.
Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum-
Many Texans remember the group's Texas Western swing music from the
1930's. Members of the original bands included Bob Ellis, Milton Brown, and Herman
Arnspiger. The Doughboys still perform today and were named by the 74th legislature
as the official music ambassadors of the state of Texas. The exhibit includes
vintage film clips, programs, billboards and a 1955 TV script, Texas Western swing awards,
and a suit worn by a Doughboy in the early 1950's (at that time the group's wardrobe was
provided by Neiman - Marcus). The museum is in McWhorter - Greenhaw Hardware Store
on the downtown square at 105 Broad St. Art Greenhaw, president of the
hardware store, is a member of the band. Open during store hours Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m.
- 6 p.m., Sat. 9.a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For information, call 972/285 - 5441.
Mesquite Championship Rodeo-
Established in 1958 as an experiment in ongoing rodeo, it has become
popular attraction with coverage on The Nashville Network. Facilities include
grandstand seating for 6,500, a restaurant, and an air - conditioned suite that can be
rented for parties and rodeo viewing. Pony rides and Kiddie Korral for youngsters.
Performances Fri., Sat. nights Apr. - Sept. Near LBJ Freeway (I - 635) and
Military Parkway exit. For schedule, 972/285 - 8777.