"Everybody's somebody in Luckenbach!!!" Luckenbach by carlrea
Luckenbach Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 34 photos
We stopped off at Luckenbach whilst on the way to the Paniola Ranch near Boerne and boy were we in for a treat. This place really is like stepping back to the wild west it really hasn't changed hardly at all.
We went into the bar and ordered a couple of cokes (well it was a little early for a Shiner) and the barman was twanging away on his guitar as laid back as you like. He was shortly joined by his buddy who swiftly ordered a beer to cure his hangover.
However he then asked if he could check out his buddies baby (guitar) and proceeded to play us some tunes whilst sat on the bar and he was very very good i might add and the best thing is he played not for profit or fame but because he loved singing - really made my day.
Another town settled by German immigrants is Luckenbach. Located about ten miles southeast of Fredericksburg, its considered a ghost town only because it is no longer the town it used to be when the Reverend and Mrs. August Engel founded it during the 1850s. The Reverend was a traveling Methodist minister and spent much of his time away from home. To occupy her time during his absence, Mrs. Engel opened a small country store for the benefit of the residents. As the town grew, so did the need for a post office. The application to postal authorities in Washington required the name of the town. The Reverend's sister, Minna, was engaged to marry a local bachelor by the name of Albert Luckenbach. Minna suggested the town be named Luckenbach and so it was. In 1881 August Engel built a large cotton gin when cotton was the crop of importance. The steam powered plant still stands although it no longer is in operation. The Engels continued to make improvements to the town including a dance hall that became the social center of the town. In 1932, the dance hall was rebuilt and since then has been the focus of introducing new talent to the local communities. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had much to do with the current popularity of Luckenbach when they recorded the song " Luckenbach, Texas" in 1977. Since then, Luckenbach has been a gathering place for music fans.
Visit www.luckenbachtexas.com for more info.
- Pros:just like the wild west, singers strumming their guitars on a given day
- Cons:take a map, spend more than the 3 hours that we did
- In a nutshell:Just go there!!!
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