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Lone Star Dance Halls of Fame

Where there are two Czechs, there are three clubs," says an old adage.

The gregarious nature of early European settlers in Texas meant that building a dance hall often came second only to organizing a social club. Many towns erected what locals simply called "Die Halle," which served as a venue not only for dances but also for plays, barbecues, church bazaars, community meetings, and patriotic celebrations. A number of these century-old structures still survive in the broad swath of Central Texas favored by these pioneers.

From Anhalt to Industry, old wooden floors and walls still ring to the beat of music and pounding of feet as modern Texans continue the tradition of the Saturday night community dance. One of the most enduring legacies of the German settlers of Texas is what one writer called their "zest for harmless pleasure."

You can find out more about the dance halls listed below by calling the numbers provided. Not all have regularly scheduled dances, so call before going.

American Legion Hall, Sealy, Austin County, 409/885-7708

Anhalt Hall, Anhalt, Comal County, 830/609-1108 Bellville Turnverein Pavilion, Bellville, Austin County, 409/865-3264

Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, Cat Spring, Austin County, 409/865-2777 or 865-2540

Club 21, Uhland, Caldwell-Hays County, 512/398-2901

Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall, Coupland, Williamson County, 512/856-2226

Fischer Hall, Fischer, Comal County, 830/935-4800

John T. Floore's Country Store, Helotes, Bexar County, 210/695-8827

Liedertafel/Firemen's Hall, Sealy, Austin County, (undergoing restoration, no phone)

Peters Hall, Peters, Austin County, 409/885-4678

Walburg Restaurant, Walburg, Williamson County, 512/863-8440

Welcome Hall, Industry, Austin County, 409/357-2729

An illustrated history, Dance Halls of Austin County, is available for $7 from the Austin County Historical Commission, 409/357-2772.

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