Lewisville Looks Back


Lewisville staff has visited with many long-time residents, who generously shared some of their stories about Lewisville. The short video clips listed on this page tell a few of the interesting and entertaining stories that have been collected. More will be added as we continue to capture some of the moments in time that have helped make Lewisville a great place to live, work, and visit.

Share Your Story_ International Pop Fest

Next Lewisville Looks Back Event

Texas International Pop Festival
Friday, Aug. 30
7 p.m.

Labor Day weekend 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, Lewisville was the location of one of the largest music events Texas had ever seen. The event drew more than 100,000 music fans – including more than a fair share of colorfully dressed hippies that sparked a bit of controversy among the locals – for three days of live entertainment at the former Dallas International Motor Speedway and a smaller free stage on the shores of Lewisville Lake. The Texas International Pop Festival featured such performers as Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, and more.

Join us for a special evening of Lewisville Looks Back on the eve of the 50th Anniversary Texas International Pop Festival. At this special event historic footage from the original festival will be shown, as well as a new mini-documentary consisting of stories and interviews from attendees of the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival. Dallas concert promoter Angus Wynne III, who organized the 1969 will also stop by to answer questions and share his memories. Lewisville’s Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb will debut a new original poem to commemorate the festival and the evening will conclude with a sneak peek of the art and history exhibit in the MCL Grand Art Gallery, which opens to the public the next day. The exhibit, which will include rare photographs, archival video footage, oral histories, and artifacts is being organized in partnership by the City of Lewisville and the Denton County Office of History & Culture.

The event is free to attend, but we recommend you RSVP to reserve your seat at mclgrand.tix.com.

Additional videos:

Home Coming Floats - Ben Harmon

Oakridge Park Golf Course - Rob Veal

Winters at the Dam - Jane Franklin

International Pop Festival - Mayor Rudy Durham

Route 66 - James Polser

Bank Robberies - James Polser

Movie Theaters - James Polser

The City's Founding and Growth - James Polser

International Pop Festival - James Polser

We invite you to be a part of preserving and celebrating Lewisville's rich history. Watch for notices of future public open houses where you can share your stories, photos, and artifacts as part of the Lewisville Collection. City staff is able to make digital scans of photos, newspapers clippings, and documents at no charge to you -- you can donate or retain the originals. We also can make digital copies of old video, including home movies on reels, that show life in Lewisville "back in the day." To find out how you can add your memories to the Lewisville story, please email akays@cityoflewisville.com or call 972.219.8479.