Ports O’ Call was permanently docked on the 37th floor in what used to be the Southland Life tower of the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. The hotel itself opened in 1958 and the Southland Life tower in 1960. At the time the tallest building in downtown Dallas.
Burdick's State Fair of Texas photos from 60 years ago show towering mascot Big Tex (looking a bit like a Tim Burton villain), a performance by country artist Hank Thompson, a short monorail line, the Goodyear blimp and some sort of strip show. Photo: Cecil E. Burdick Jr., Cecil Burdick Jr. / Slides by Cecil E. Burdick Jr