Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Texas Guinan: Party Hearty

Texas Guinan didn't confine herself to Manhattan when it came to doing business. Though Texas loved to be in midtown, during the 1920s she also hosted at several speakeasies on Merrick Road in Long Island [Nassau County, New York].

Since her presence spelled H-O-L-I-D-A-Y for so many of her guests, do join in the celebration.
Hello, suckers! Come in and leave your wallet on the bar!
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Illustration: Texas Guinan in her speakeasy on Merrick Road [circa 1928]

Texas Guinan.