Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I went to Luckenbach Texas

This is how our day started yesterday Monday morning: Dave had the idea to make an oil change on our RV - that was fine with me. But the place to drive in was VERY tight on every sites....


and it was to tight on the way out - this is the result: an almost broken bumper! Well...Not a perfect start of a nice day - but we got an oil change, right....?... :))


We drove up into Hill Country and arrived in Luckenbach Texas! A tiny little spot in the landscape, you will miss it if you're not aware enough.

Luckenbach Texas

Its oldest building is a combination general store and saloon reputedly opened in 1849 (1886 is more likely based on land improvement records of the state library) by Minna Engel, whose father was an itinerant preacher from Germany. The community, first named Grape Creek, was later named after Minna's husband, Carl Albert Luckenbach, who was then her fiance; they would later move to another town which became Albert, Texas. Luckenbach was first established as a community trading post and was one of the few that never broke a peace treaty with the Comanche Indians, with whom they bartered and traded.

Citizens of the town claimed one of them (Jacob Brodbeck) had launched the first airplane years before the Wright Brothers.[1]

Its population increased to a high of 492 in 1904, but by the 1960s, Luckenbach was almost a ghost town.



Side view of the main building, still looking like in 1849, that is still today a general store and a bar, but the post office is no more active


Across the main building is the "Dance-Hall" and signs about all the country music activities going on in Luckenbach


And now some shots of the inside of the general store, it's still authentic and looks the same since 1849 - and the folks there are very proud of that!

There are even walking sticks available....

and all kind of souvenirs, from caps to shirts and stickers and so much more!


More souvenirs...


The ladies could also buy a corset in this store :)


David bought a cap and the guy was dusting off the dust of Luckenbach :)


On the end of the shop is the bar. Three guys have just finished they singing and were packing up the guitars. This is the place were famous and not so famous people just come in and hang out together, play music and sing country songs. It was a very peaceful atmosphere!


All the caps hanging on the ceiling


Pictures of famous singers and all kind of stickers on the wall


And these are now the boots from Waylon Jenning, the guy in the video from yesterday, who get famous with this song:

Let's go to Luckenbach Texs

There's only two things in life that make it worth livin'
That's guitars that tune good and firm feelin' women
I don't need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin' got us feuding
like the Hatfield and McCoy's
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry's train songs
and blue eyes cryin' in the rain, out in Luckenbach Texas
ain't nobody feelin' no pain

So baby let's sell your diamond ring
Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
This coat and tie is choking me
In your high socitey you cry all day
We've been so busy keepin' up with the Jones
Four car garage and we're still building on
Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin' got us feuding
like the Hatfield and McCoy's
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry's train songs
and blue eyes cryin' in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas
ain't nobody feelin' no pain

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Willie and Waylon and the boys
This successful life we're livin' got us feuding
like the Hatfield and McCoy's
Between Hank Williams pain songs and Jerry Jeff's train songs
and blue eyes cryin' in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas
ain't nobody feelin' no pain


For "Girls and Boys"


This is the motto in Luckenbach!


A little bit of new history about this place


And after visiting Luckenbach we drove to Fredericksburg, also located in the Hill Country of Texas!


Hi my friends,

Tomorrow I'll show you pictures of a very pretty little town Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country. We stay one night more here on this place, it's to nice and warm here too!

5 comments:

Kybisblog said...

Hallo Sue, melde mich endlich wieder mal. Besuche Deinen Blog nach jedem Post und nehme so an eurer spannenden Reise teil. Diese Reportage zu Luckenbach (?) ist einsame Spitze. Hätte Lüst, dort reinzuschauen.
Liebe Grüsse an euch beide und weiterhin viel Glück und gute Fahrt.
Gruss Peter

richies said...

I would love to go see that general store. I have always wanted to go to the hill country in Texas, but have never been there.

An Arkies Musings

papercages said...

Very nice post. I've never been to Luckenbach. Thanks for all the info.

The Retired One said...

I loved the store and contents photos. We will be (hopefully!) opening up an antique store within the next 2 years, so I love looking at old stuff and stores!

Ron Russell said...

I loved all your photos of the great American southwest---you really caught the spirit of the area. The Arizona and Texas photos were really great. I suppose I love the panaromic pictures the best---always have prefered the outdoors. I've traveled all those areas in the past and you have really helped to bring back memories with these wonderful images---great post.

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