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Spring is dance hall season in Central Texas’ Hill Country, time for festivals, weddings and fundraisers before the summer heat descends.

The state once filled about 1,000 dance halls. Now there are about 400.  https://lat.ms/2WmQblF 

Hundreds of other dance halls, Texas traditions, survived the 19th and 20th centuries only to shutter in the 21st. Many across the state were built by immigrants.

Now, many people are trying to save the remaining halls.

In 140 years, Twin Sisters, where a young Lyndon B. Johnson is believed to have danced, has never stopped hosting dances. But it’s come close.

Builders’ descendents are restoring many of the halls.

They’re pieces of living history.

.@mollyhf has the story behind these halls, and what their owners and admirers are doing to protect their futures. Photos by @KatieFalkenberg in today’s Column One:  https://lat.ms/2WmQblF 

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