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Handshakes to make in Bandera, Texas, Cowboy Capital of the World

No. 3 The Keepers of the Texas Two Step, Texas Swing, and Waltz

Many a Texan has learned to dance on the toes of their dad or in the arms of their mother while twirling around one of Bandera’s famed honky-tonks or dance halls. These are the folks who keep the tradition alive today. In fact, Arkey Blue has been keeping the tradition alive now for 47 years at his famed Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar Saloon. James and Stella at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, Suzanne at the Chikin Coop and Brian and Charlotte at the Longhorn Saloon complete the “keeper’s circle.”  They provide a place for country music legends to perform, for up and coming bands to hone their skills, and for dancing partners to polish their belt buckles while twirling on the dance floor. But more importantly, they do not provide just a place. Our keepers provide so much more. Places for locals to gather and share everyday happenings, family milestones, and just about everything in between. Visit them, shake their hand and you will learn that no one is a stranger for long. You’ll be asked where you’re from, what brought you to Bandera, and thanked for coming. And if you don’t know how to dance when you get here, you will be by the time you leave.

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  • Suzanne Wenckens

    I live in Pipe Creek,Bandera County,Texas..Been here since 1981. Came here from Houston!!! Put my kids in FFA & 4-H & we had so much fun!!