Farewell to Doug’s Gym, Dallas, TX: 1962 – 2018

The iron game bids a sad farewell to another classic gym this month. Doug’s Gym, one of the oldest gyms in the US, is closing as of the end of March, 2018, after being in continuous operation under the ownership of Doug Eidd since 1962.

This weight training facility — located on the second floor of an old brick building in Dallas, Texas — is replete with decades’ worth of history, and it will be sorely missed. Here is coverage of the gym closure from the Dallas Morning News’ Youtube channel:

As a retrospective, here is a fiftieth-anniversary special video which was posted on The Original Doug’s Gym Youtube channel in 2013:

And here is a bit of local news coverage of the fiftieth anniversary from that time, also from the Doug’s Gym channel:

Even though Mr. Eidd is shutting down his vintage gym, he will keep the spirit of Doug’s Gym alive by taking some of the equipment to set up a home gym.

Further reading on the closure of Doug’s Gym (opens in new window/tab): http://cw33.com/2018/03/21/dougs-gym-ready-to-rack-em-for-good-after-55-years/

One thought on “Farewell to Doug’s Gym, Dallas, TX: 1962 – 2018

  1. Conor Heffernan March 31, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Such a pity to see gyms like this closing. The oldest gym near me these days was established in the late 1990s. Doesn’t have the same feel!

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