Friday, October 14, 2011

Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa's Timeless Honky-Tonk

Cain's Ballroom is an historic music venue at 423 North Main in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Built in 1924 as a large garage it was soon to serve as a dance hall and prohibition speakeasy for Tulsa's nouveau oil rich.  By 1932 it was home to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, the pioneer of what became known as Western Swing. 

Because of the orientation of the iconic sign on top of the hall it is almost always photographed from the south.  When viewed from the north one sees the tall downtown buildings only a few blocks way.

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6 comments:

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

This gives a nice juxtaposition of old and new.

Genie said... [Reply to comment]

I love that you photographed the building in reverse. It is nice to see the large buildings in the background. I would have loved going there to dance and listen to the music. genie

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

Leave it to you to think of something nobody had thought of before. Great pic.

PerthDailyPhoto said... [Reply to comment]

It's interesting to see it from a less well know angle Bill, as others have said, it's nice to see it in relation to the tall,commercial buildings. Bet there has been a lot of dancing and fun going on here!!

Leif Hagen said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Bill - COOOOL flag translator! For fun, I translated your blog into Icelandic! No, I can't read Icelandic....
Happy weekend

uberrhund said... [Reply to comment]

Great building full of history! What a good place for a classic car show this would be, full of music and dancing!