Mesquite Population- 124,523 Altitude. 491


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 centers. 

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.



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