Gilley's property to become a middle school

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Pasadena ISD is buying the old Gilley’s property for a future school:

The Pasadena Independent School District bought the nearly 15-acre site where the club — which with its mechanical bull ride became an international tourist draw after it was featured in the 1980 movie “Urban Cowboy” — once stood in this Houston suburb.

The club, named after country singer Mickey Gilley, shut down in 1989 after Gilley and partner Sherwood Cryer feuded over how to run the place. A fire destroyed it soon after.

The Pasadena school district agreed to pay nearly $440,000 in back taxes to purchase the property.

“We plan to, someday, build a middle school on that site that will serve the Park View Intermediate School attendance zone,” said Kirk Lewis, deputy superintendent for the school district.

A pavilion remains on the property but Lewis said it would probably be cleared when the new school is built.

“I think that all of the kids that will go to school on that property will have a lot to talk about,” said Gilley, who still lives in Pasadena and runs a restaurant there.

Do you think they’ll have a mechanical bull in the gym for P.E.?


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