If Ain't Broke
Iconic Austin honky tonk receives official historic designation this week
Walking into The Broken Spoke is like walking into a Texas time machine. For 58 years, the iconic Austin dance hall has created some incredible memories for many as some pretty big names have helped to move boots across the dance floor.
James White, an Austin native, was a man with a vision. James White built up the Broken Spoke as a honky tonk dance hall in a dusty lot on South Lamar under a large live oak tree.
James White's youngest daughter, Ginny White, said throughout her childhood she remembers her dad bringing in a wide range of talented musicians who helped to pave country music as we know it.
Now Ginny White's husband, Mike Peacock, helps run the dance hall every day. Ginny White's older sister, Terri, still gives dance lessons several nights a week and was even featured on an episode of the Netflix series Queer Eye.
On what would have been James White's 84th birthday, April 12, the Spoke is getting a historical marker.
"Getting this historic marker on the place is a massive honor for us, and for the Broken Spoke, I just feel sorry that my father-in-law isn't here to see it," said Peacock.
During a time when the Austin skyline is ever changing, the Spoke lives on.
The celebration is occurring at 5:30 pm on April 12 at The Broken Spoke. James White's wife, Annetta White, his daughters, grandchildren, and son-in-law will all be there. Additionally, Governor Greg Abbott and his wife will also be in attendance.
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