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Historic Ballroom "The Hub" Burns

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EDELSTEIN, Ill. (AP) -- A more than 70-year-old central Illinois ballroom where Duke Ellington and Lawrence Welk played has been destroyed by fire.

The Hub ballroom burned to the ground early Wednesday in Edelstein, which is about 15 miles north of Peoria.

Authorities say the fire started about 2:45 a.m. They don't yet know what caused the fire.

The Hub was built in 1938 by the owner of the Potter Implement Co. to show off the farm equipment he sold. But he changed his plans after an opening day dance drew a big crowd.

In its prime, the Hub hosted big-name acts such as Glen Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis and Benny Goodman.

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