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El Tivoli Place History
An earlier article in the 22 March 1925 Dallas Morning News stated the swimming pool was to be
enlarged to 2000 feet by 3000 feet with a concrete bottom, and was to have an island in the center
complete with trees. A month later, in April, 1925, an article stated the pool would actually be 300 feet
by 1000 feet with a concrete bottom and, would be opened in May.
According to Mir. Rick VMc1 Whirter, fo/brmerl of Oak Cliffand now living in Lafavette,
Louisiana, who used to roam the area when he was a youngster, the island in the center of
the pool is still there. He showed me the pool and the island. E. D.
In Deed Vol. 1310, on 19 January 1926, St. Paul's Sanitarium granted an easement and conveyed to the
City of Dallas the right of way for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a 10-inch sanitary sewer
line. Under conditions stated in the deed, the City of Dallas would grant St. Paul's Sanitarium free
connections to the sewer line at any time and place the owners may designate.
On 20 September 1927, in Warranty Deed, Vol. 1435, St. Paul's Hospital did grant, sell and convey a
parcel of land to the County of Dallas to be used as a public right of way. The deed stated that should it
not remain a public right of way, the land was again to become the property of the St. Paul's Hospital in
This could have been what was known as Kessler Boulevard back in the 1920's and now
known as Plymouth Road. Kessler Boulevard i'as the on/v public road on the property at
that time. E. D.
It was June 1929 before Dal-Oak was mentioned again. An article in the Dallas Morning News told of
the "El Tivoli Night Club being near completion on the grounds of the Dal-Oak Club." But the Dal-Oak
Country Club's name had been changed to the Cliff-Dale Country Club, apparently in 1925.
At that time, on 13 June 1929, the cost of the club building and its furnishings was projected at $40,000.
By 24 June 1929, in an article telling of the preview opening of the El Tivoli Club, the price of building
the Club had gone up to $65,000. This would have been a very nice place for that much money back
then. The night club formally opened in June, 1929. to more than 500 people. The Dallas Morning News
stated that the Night Club is "located on the grounds of the Cliff Dale Country Club". By July of that
year they were charging a cover charge of $1.50 per couple.
The following amusing comment appeared in the Dallas Times Herald, June 27, 1929, Section 1, page
"Dallas followers of the god of whoopee were given a new temple wherein to practice their devotions
Wednesday night with the opening of the city's latest nightclub, El Tivoli, on the Dallas-Fort Worth
Entrance to El Tivoli Night Club and El Tivoli Golf
Course in early 1930's. Mrs. Lillie Mae Morris, mother
of Gene Morris, standing in front. Photo courtesy of
Mr. Gene Morris, Canton, Texas.
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