AUSTIN (KXAN) - The landscape around the Broken Spoke on South Lamar continues to change as a new development sprouts up.
Missing from the picture now, is the iconic bus that had been parked in front of the famous dance hall for 15 years.
James White, owner of the Broken Spoke , was left scratching his head after the bus was taken away under the cover of darkness from its usual spot.
"Sunday morning, I left here at 2 o'clock in the morning and the bus was here," White said. "I came here at 10 o'clock in the morning the bus was gone, so I figured some thief came and got it."
The classic 1948 bus had become a staple in the honky-tonk's parking lot over the years, and was featured regularly in news articles.
"I love the bus and people from all over, they take thousands of pictures standing in front of this bus," White said, "and it just fits so good into Austin, so I just need to get the bus back."
The broken down bus was given to White in 1998 by an old friend. White said he even has pictures to prove it.
Recently, he spent $12,000 to spruce the bus up.
After a few days racking his brain and wondering where the bus could be, he remembered something his old friend told him about a little barbecue joint east of San Antonio.
Sure enough, that's where the bus now sits, parked behind a restaurant in Adkins, Texas, some 80 miles away from its former home.
As it turns out, his friend decided to tow the bus away without notice. However, White said the bus is his property.
"I've hired an attorney and I've turned it into the police department," White said.
As development pushes on around the Broken Spoke, White just hopes the bus can be a part of the popular spot once again.
"I'm going to keep on trying no matter what it takes," he said, "I'm going to try to get the bus back."
The new development around the lot will have 378 apartments and 20,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor. It is slated for completion in late 2013.
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