“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lewisville in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Texas International Pop Festival

Texas International Pop Festival Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye
1. Texas International Pop Festival Marker

The Texas International Pop Festival took place near this site during Labor Day weekend, 1969. It was held two weeks after the Woodstock Music and Art Fair introduced much of mainstream America to the "hippie” culture by way of news reports of the chaos that occurred there in part due to rainy weather and lax security. The Texas festival brought as many as 150,000 hippies, bikers and music lovers to Lewisville, which at the time had a population of approximately 9,000 citizens.

The Dallas International Motor Speedway, situated along Interstate Highway 35 south of town, was chosen as the location for the event. Twenty-five musical acts, representing the genres of soul, blues and rock and roll performed during the three days of the festival. Acts included Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago Transit Authority, Herbie Mann and a relatively unknown United Kingdom band called Led Zeppelin.

On the north side of Lewisville, a public campground situated on the shores of Lewisville Lake served the thousands of festival attendees. A small "free stage” was constructed at the campground and
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local bands were brought in to perform for the campers. The skinny-dipping in Lake Lewisville that resulted from the lack of shower facilities and the late-summer heat drew much attention.

Many locals demanded that the festival be shut down because of the threat of violence and unsavory activity, but there were no acts of violence reported at the festival. However, area citizens were introduced to a culture that had previously been foreign to them and many who attended look back on the festival as a life-changing event.

Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16439.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
Location. 33° 0.599′ N, 96° 57.514′ W. Marker is in Lewisville, Texas, in Denton County. Marker can be reached from Lakeside Circle east of Penn Station Parkway, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located at the DCTA Hebron Train Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 952 Lakeside Circle, Lewisville TX 75057, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Native American Sites (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church
Texas International Pop Festival Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 4, 2020
2. Texas International Pop Festival Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Korean Texans (approx. 3.2 miles away); Smith Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away); Bethel Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Furneaux Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Historic Bullock Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewisville.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 25, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas.   2. submitted on March 4, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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