Historic MB Corral Up for Auction on March 25

A piece of Wichita Falls history, with links to some of the greatest names in entertainment, will soon be on the auction block.
You could be the new owner  of the almost 80 year old MB Corral,  where stars like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner and many others played for local audiences through the years.
This building first opened as a nightclub in 1950 and generations of Texomans have come here to see their favorite stars perform, from Rock 'n Roll to Western swing.
The building sits on Sheppard Access Road and it may be hard to imagine to many passing by the music and excitement  that once shook this old metal roof.
It was the place to go to see the hottest new stars, or no names who were about to become famous coast to coast.
It's where 16-year-old Wynona Pettiet and others of her generation saw Fats Domino play in 1960.
And she can still see and hear it like it was just yesterday.
"The place was jam packed. I mean jam packed. It was standing room only.... and it was awesome," Pettiet said.
The years have slipped by, but not the vivid memory of seeing a great musician banging the piano in the MB Corral.
"I stood up under the stage. And all I can remember is Blueberry Hill. And he had on a diamond ring on every finger. He was so awesome"
And whoever puts in the winning bid for this building  also gets the very stage that an exciting new  rocker from Mississippi  shook his hips on in 1955.
A performer named Elvis Presley, still so new his name was misspelled on the poster.
Lanny Mejia owns the building now.
"The stage is the originally stage that Elvis played. In fact, we had an individual who wanted to buy the stage, just for the stage name, for the presence that Elvis played there at one time," he said.
Mejia says he hopes the next owner of the m-b cares as much about its history as he does.
"Bo Diddley, Chubby Checker, James Brown, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, anybody you can think, Waylen Jennings, all them played out here"
Because his ultimate dream is for it to once again be a place where new comers and established stars alike can wow their fans.
Mejia and his wife are currently taking bids for the 13,000 square foot venue and the actual auction will take place at 10 am on Saturday, March 25th.
The property  includes a wooden dance floor, two bar areas, a kitchen, and a large parking area.
UPDATE: The auction on March 25th was cancelled due to weather and low response. It has been rescheduled for May 5th.

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