The Original Sensational Showmen

The Original Sensational Showmen
National Guard Armory-Concordia - 1965

Friday, February 27, 2015

Col Ballroom Davenport, Iowa

The Col is one of lowa's oldest operating ballrooms having been built in November of 1914 by the late Leo Kerker as a replacement for an earlier wooden ballroom that was destroyed by fire. The original ballroom was known as The Coliseum. In 1991, the ballroom underwent a major renovation that included extensive brick cleaning. The ornate balcony also underwent extensive renovation as well as new carpeting and drapes.The Col is one of lowa's oldest operating ballrooms. In 1991, the ballroom underwent a major renovation that included extensive brick cleaning. The ornate balcony also underwent extensive renovation as well as new carpeting and drapes. The owner of The Col during most of it's historic years was Don Wachel of Davenport. Don has been one of the most highlyregarded professionals in the ballroom industry nationally including being past president of the National Ballrooms Operators Association.(NBOA) Wachel was well schooled in the entertainment business as being a member of the popular band, Sheriff Tom Owens & His Cowboys. Over the years The Col has hosted them all. From Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, and Frank Sinatra, to The Beach Boys, B.B King and even Jimi Hendrix. What is interesting about The Col playing host to the Beach Boys, this 1963 show was their first ever tour out of California traveling in a station wagon, U-Haul trailor and Murry Wilson driving. Now that's Iowa rock and roll history.

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