Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum, located in Carthage in Panola County in East Texas honors those who have made outstanding contributions to country music and were born in the state of Texas. This includes singers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others.
A museum, a large multi-purpose room, and a gift shop comprise the major areas of interest within the facility. The multi-purpose room can be configured to serve as a lecture hall or a dining room. The museum contains informational panels that cover each inductee's career and accomplishments through text, photographs, and artifacts.
The marquee also serves as the entrance to the Tex Ritter Museum. Ritter, who was born in Panola County, was one of the first singers inducted into the hall when it was established in 1998.
A notable exception to the hall of fame is that of Kenny Rogers who was born and raised in Houston, Texas and become one of the most successful performers in Country Music history, with a career spanning almost 60 years. Rogers has also not been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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