The Texas panhandle is an interesting place. While many people not from here may think we're only wide open spaces and empty fields, there is plenty going on if you know where and how to look. There are a lot of interesting characters running around out here.

Like the "King" of Stinnett. Here's why you need to see the short documentary about him on YouTube.

Part Bubba Ho-Tep; Part Steel Magnolias. Small Town Elvis Impersonator.

The documentary, which I need to thank my editor for sharing with me, is a snapshot of everything I loved about living in a small town when I was younger. From the outside, it looks comical and ridiculous.

halstead21 via YouTube
halstead21 via YouTube

Once you take the trip, though, you get attached and see things in a different light.

The Ballad Of Smokey Binion, Jr.; Elvis Of Stinnett

Having never heard of Smokey, or the "Elvis" of Stinnett, I went in blind; watching a video about a man who had apparently built quite the reputation as an Elvis impersonator.

The thumbnail of the video featured a man with a cartoonishly loud shirt, vest, sunglasses, and haircut that was a good attempt at pulling off a "do" like the King's. I thought I was in for one of those weird attempts at Internet fame that we've all seen far too often.

halstead21 via YouTube
halstead21 via YouTube

Instead, what I got was a story about a man who spread joy to everyone who crossed paths with him. He was famous, in a way, from Pampa to Spearman and back again.

The individuals interviewed for the documentary told stories of a man who liked to perform, and liked to make people smile.

Assuming...we all know what it does. I went in looking for cheap laughs, and came away hearing a story of a man with a passion who brightened everyone's day.

Unfortunately, I'll Never Get To Meet Smokey Binion Jr.; "King" of Stinnett

In the comments of the documentary, I noticed a couple of posts mentioning that Smokey had died. Surely, this couldn't be the case. Right?

Unfortunately, it's true. Smokey Binion Jr. died in 2021. In fact, it's been almost a year to the day. I never met the man, and somehow I feel a piece of the greater whole is missing.

I've always been drawn to those who see the world through their own lens. They experience the gift of life on their own terms, in their own way, with no care to how the rest of us feel about it. He loved Elvis, performing, and making people smile, and he set out to do just that.

I hate that I never got to see him perform, or snag a few questions for a piece about life as the "King" of Stinnett, TX.

Rest high on that mountain, King.

This Florida Man Can't Handle All the Texas of the Panhandle

Shhhh...keep yer voice down low! You don't want to scare the little bloke off.

Stay close and keep quiet as we take an incredible journey: following a YouTuber from Florida, The Daily Woo, as he makes his way across the rugged Texas Panhandle landscape.

Yo won't believe what catches this big bloke's fancy!

Things You See On US-287 From Colorado To Texas

It can be a boring drive, but there are some interesting things along the way.

Neumann & Company: Boutique & Coffee Shop in Borger, Texas

One of life's greatest pleasures can be finding a true hidden gem. And that's exactly what Neumann & Company in Borger, Texas is!

Located at 503 N. Main St., this unique storefront is home to a stunningly beautiful boutique in the front and a delicious specialty coffee shop in the back. But more than just being a boutique and coffee shop in a small Texas Panhandle town, Neumann & Company is one of those rare places with a life of its own.

Not sure what we mean? Take a tour of this lovely crown jewel of downtown Borger, and then go take a short drive to visit the place yourself!

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