Dallas Morning News

From Bob Wills to Jack Ruby, Dallas' Longhorn Ballroom has history worth saving and new life worth celebrating

A few years ago, during a show at the Kessler Theater in North Oak Cliff, its owner, Edwin Cabaniss, pulled me aside and said he had big news — off the record. "I'm looking to buy the Longhorn Ballroom," said the former stockbroker, referring, of course, to the iconic, tumbledown concert venue sitting for the last 67 years where the former Industrial Boulevard runs into Corinth Street. Said he had big plans to resurrect the beloved joint, built in 1950 as the Bob Wills Ranch House for the legendary Western swinger, and that he'd let me know when the deal was done.