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Texas dancehall dig reveals wild west past

A dancehall being excavated in Sisterdale, Texas is revealing clues about it’s wild west past.

Miller started snooping around the site recently after it was purchased by the family of longtime friend Wayne Wright, a San Antonio attorney. He plans to restore the hall as a venue for weddings and similar events. It last was used for public dances in the early 1960s, Wright said.

As contractors toil to finish renovations by October, Miller’s focus is the limestone building whose narrow windows suggest it was designed by frontier settlers as a fortress.

“It looks like it was fortified against Indians because it has gun ports,” Miller said. Wright called the narrow windows “Comanche slots.”

It was used most recently as a stable and smokehouse. Miller theorizes that the structure, which measures about 30 feet by 28 feet, is a former stagecoach stop, but when it was built still is a question.

“I’ve got to narrow that down,” she said as her volunteer crew sifted soil this week for clues to the history of the building in Kendall County.

Since breaking ground in May, they’ve unearthed numerous old nails, a few ornate buttons, a bullet or two, plenty of flint and glass fragments, and too many peach pits to count.

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