50 years later, the Broken Spoke still stands

November 9, 2014 6:01 AM

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Drive away from downtown along South Lamar Boulevard, just past the river, and after three miles on the left, when you set eyes on the Broken Spoke just before you reach U.S. 290, the vision seems impossible: Flanked on both sides by imposing new apartment structures, the 50-year-old reddish-brown honky-tonk with the crushed-granite parking lot stands its ground, a final holdout from an Austin that is all but gone with the winds of generational change.

Today, it stands out much like the Alamo, the iconic monument to Texas' independence now surrounded by modern hotels and office buildings in downtown San Antonio. The comparison isn't lost on Broken Spoke owner James White, 75, who has spent two-thirds of his life turning a traditional country dance...

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