Scenic Wonderland Nightclub

SCENIC WONDERLAND

We are not sure when it was built, but Scenic Wonderland was a popular nightclub and entertainment venue in the early 1950s. It was out LaSalle Avenue, across the Brazos River at the Marlin Highway. It was built by the Gorham Brothers-Tracy, John and Mack. Our group member Deborah Gorham is the daughter of Tracy Gorham. They sold it to Judson Baker, and he sold it to Cecil Epps, who owned several other clubs in Waco. Group member Paula Owen is Cecil Epps’ daughter. Scenic Wonderland was billed as “The Largest Nightclub West of the Mississippi” and hosted popular bands and entertainers of the day…comedians, magicians, and big-name bands including Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Spivak, Gene Krupa, and Hal McIntire. Local musicians and bands like Doodle Owens and Omar McKim also played there. In later years, Scenic Wonderland hosted wrestling matches. The Scenic Wonderland exploded burned on Tuesday, October 4, 1955.

Scenic Wonderlsnd. Photo contributed by Deborah Gorham.
The Waco News Tribune, October 27, 1951.
The Waco News Tribune, September 7, 1952.
The Waco Tribune Herald, April 30, 1950.
The Waco News Tribune, March 7, 1953.
The Waco News Tribune, December 19, 1951.
The Waco News Tribune, January 21, 1951.
The Waco News Tribune, October 27, 1950.
The Waco News Tribune, July 6, 1953.
The Waco News Tribune, May 31, 1952.

The Waco Tribune Herald, November 9, 1952.

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