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Red Devil in Oak Cliff

Posted by ruthcook 
Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 27, 2012 12:57PM
Does anyone have a photo of the old Red Devil (club, lounge)? I think it was on Davis in Oak Cliff. Anyone know about this place? THANKS



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2012 09:06AM by ruthcook.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 27, 2012 04:01PM
I remember the Red Devil although I never was in there, it had a flashing red devil neon sign outside if I remember right. I had a friend who was cut from his nipple to his backbone one night while he was in there, he ran outside with the cutter in hot pursuit and the first lap around the building he spotted a 2X4 on the ground and on the second lap he had gained some ground and picked it up and as his pursuer came around the corner he laid one across the top of his head and the waitress who had started all the trouble tried to get the knife out of the cutter's hand and he told her she was next if she continued, so the cops came and fined him 10.00, don't know what happened to the cutter but he stated that if he had any idea he was still alive he would have finished him off. He had a scar that was at least an inch wide and nearly 2 feet long. Nice place huh?
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 28, 2012 09:07AM
THANKS! Very interesting.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 28, 2012 09:07AM
THANKS! Very interesting.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 29, 2012 09:43AM
It was on Davis going out toward Chalk Hill, I remember. It was popular with returning GI's from WW2. Some high ranking members of Dallas underworld could be found there from time to time, according to my Dad. Jim
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
November 29, 2012 01:51PM
The Red Devil was located at 2539 West Davis, that would be just west of North Boulevard. It was owned by Elmer F. Guthrie.
When Oak Cliff went dry he moved his license to 214 Corinth Street in 1957 next to where O L Nelms opened his store. I have no photos.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2012 01:52PM by Ralph F. Black.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 12, 2012 12:53PM
I remember it well, went by it hundreds of times when I was a kid......never did go in there until it was a Private Club back in early 1960's.......before Oak Cliff became dry back in early 1957 it had a reputation as being a pretty tough place.......
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 15, 2012 12:59PM
Ralph F. Black Wrote:
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> The Red Devil was located at 2539 West Davis, that
> would be just west of North Boulevard. It was
> owned by Elmer F. Guthrie.
> When Oak Cliff went dry he moved his license to
> 214 Corinth Street in 1957 next to where O L Nelms
> opened his store. I have no photos.

Ralph, I always wondered what O.L. Nelms did for a living. What kind of store did he own?
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 15, 2012 03:06PM
Nelms was into many things. The Corinth Street business was a liquor store. In 1950 he built the Bob Wills Ranchhouse, which became the Longhorn Ballroom, just for Bob. He owned the Yellow Belly dragstrip, the Belmont hotel in Oak Cliff, and the Old Sanger Harris Building in Dallas just to name a few. The biggest part of his business was Real Estate, he bought land around the outskirts of Dallas and resold it.

Beyond the Longhorn Ballroom, O.L. Nelms also had big plans for his own demise.

“Mr. Nelms was famous for wanting to promote this big event called ‘The Dead Man’s Party’. He claimed that he had put $5,000,000 aside for his own funeral,” explains Wisener.

It was to be the mother of all blowouts.

“Mr. Nelms wanted to have this massive event where his body was to have been wheeled out in a glass-top casket, and everybody in the place was allowed to drink for free all night until the last person went home."

O.L.Nelms died in 1972.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2012 05:08PM by Ralph F. Black.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 16, 2012 07:02AM
So, how was the party?



Ralph F. Black Wrote:
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> Nelms was into many things. The Corinth Street
> business was a liquor store. In 1950 he built the
> Bob Wills Ranchhouse, which became the Longhorn
> Ballroom, just for Bob. He owned the Yellow Belly
> dragstrip, the Belmont hotel in Oak Cliff, and the
> Old Sanger Harris Building in Dallas just to name
> a few. The biggest part of his business was Real
> Estate, he bought land around the outskirts of
> Dallas and resold it.
>
> Beyond the Longhorn Ballroom, O.L. Nelms also had
> big plans for his own demise.
>
> “Mr. Nelms was famous for wanting to promote
> this big event called ‘The Dead Man’s
> Party’. He claimed that he had put $5,000,000
> aside for his own funeral,” explains Wisener.
>
> It was to be the mother of all blowouts.
>
> “Mr. Nelms wanted to have this massive event
> where his body was to have been wheeled out in a
> glass-top casket, and everybody in the place was
> allowed to drink for free all night until the last
> person went home."
>
> O.L.Nelms died in 1972.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 16, 2012 11:05AM
The Nelm's Dead Mans Party never happened. I understand the city or county would not allow the body to be displayed like that.
Re: Red Devil in Oak Cliff
December 30, 2012 11:09AM
The building that housed The Red Devil night club is definitely still there.
It is the white Austin stone building on the north side of Davis street.
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