IN AMARILLO, TEXAS
LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG
The story of the Natatorium.
The Natatorium in
Amarillo, Texas was originally built in July 1922 and at that time
was an indoor swimming pool. The swimming pool is not the reason the
Natatorium became so popular throughout the United States. In 1926,
it was purchased by J.D. Tucker and the pool was covered with one of
the finest dance floors around. During this time period the flappers
of the roaring 20’s enjoyed quite a few wonderful nights dancing on
this fine floor.
During the 1930’s it was purchased by
Harry Badger. The Natatorium was famous no matter what music was in
style to have the best bands cross over its threshold. Many of the
bands that played here included Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Benny
Goodman, Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo, Little Richard, Roy Orbison,
the Crickets, and Buddy Holly.
This must have been a very happening
place as today there are guests that have not even let death keep
them away. One such lady is one that had wine spilled on her white
dress one evening while enjoying the gambling hall upstairs. She is
still here, with the wine still on the front of her dress even
though today the Natatorium is now an Antique Mall.
Where the ballroom floor stands today,
many have seen couples dancing and enjoying the night away without
of course the benefit of any music being played. Paranormal
investigators tried to capture this ghostly couples, but they must
not wish to be seen as they would turn off the cameras. The secrets
held in the Natatorium may never be known, but the ones that remain
even after death, know the entertainment and joy that is here behind
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