John T. Floore Country Store – Helotes, Texas

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This Historical Marker is located at 14492 Old Bandera Road right next to the Gugger Homestead. This is a pretty popular spot in Helotes. By the name, you may be wondering what the big deal is? In 1946, John T. Floore built a store and dance hall at this site, offering “bar, café, dance, meats, groceries, real estate and every thing nearly.”  Today, its known for its world famous tamales, sausage, and homemade bread. Floore”s Country Store offers a full menu of great “Texas Cafe” style food, ice cold beer and the atmosphere, well you have to come out and truly experience that for yourself.

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  Inside of this dance hall there are boots, cowboy hats, and other interesting things hanging from the ceiling. Its said that a pair of John Waynes boots are hanging here. There is a small stage inside but larger shows are held outside. Many famous country artist have performed here, as a matter of fact, Floore Country Store is considered the Musical Birthplace of Willie Nelson.

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The outdoor area of FLoore’s has lots of room for large crowds. They have VIP sections and standing area. Plenty of bar areas and beer tubs scattered around makes it easy to purchase your favorite beverage.

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VIP Section

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Outdoor Stage

This is a pretty good size stage. I have never been to a concert here but do plan on attending one soon.040

Here are some of  the upcoming events at Floore Country Store. Willie Nelson is set to perform in October 2017. I may have to get tickets to this one!054

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Not a good idea to fight

Heading back inside, you wont be able to miss all the history on the walls. Many legendary performers have performed here. You can see pictures of them throughout the dance hall. Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, B.B. King, Little Richard and many more artist are listed as past performers.

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Robert Earl Keen Guitar displayed on wall.

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And of course Floore’s would have a BBQ Pit sitting right out front. The smell of fresh BBQ Brisket, Turkey, Pork, and Sausage will make you want to try all their food.  If you ever stop by do not leave without trying the tamales. Trust me!

058059Historical Marker Reads:

John T. Floore Country Store

In 1945, as the Second World War drew to a close, John T. Floore, manager of San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre, purchased land in this vicinity. He created the Floore Subdivision, planning it as a center for the community of Helotes, which had developed at the site of a centuries-old stream crossing for travelers. Floore and his wife originally operated a Red and White Store. Following the example of Bert Hileman, who owned an early dance hall in Helotes, Floore built a store and dance hall at this site circa 1946, offering “bar, café, dance, meats, groceries, real estate and every thing nearly at Floore Country Store.” A noted promoter, Floore featured country music acts big and small; notables included Bob Wills, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Kitty Wells and Elvis Presley. Residents came from nearby communities for the regular shows. Floore also promoted the Helotes community, helping establish the local volunteer fire department and Lions Club. In addition, he edited the Helotes Echo newspaper, and his articles were said to be instrumental in the creation of the Northside Independent School District for Helotes-area students. His business establishment served as a gathering place for several organizations and events, including the annual Helotes Cornyval Festival. Since Floore’s death in 1975, his legacy has continued. Helotes incorporated in 1981 in order to preserve a separate identity from the ever-growing city of San Antonio. With the continuation of musical acts at Floore’s County Store, and through the local organizations that grew out of Floore’s ideas and civic efforts, the community of Helotes maintains a link to its early years as a stop for refreshment and entertainment at the edge of the Texas Hill Country.

Recorded Marker Year 2005

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