Lukenbach, Texas, where “Everybody’s somebody in Lukenbach” was established in 1849 by German immigrants. This little Texas Hill Country community has undergone many changes through the years. It once had a population of 494 in 1904, but by the 1960’s, Lukenbach was almost a ghost town. Hondo Crouch, rancher and Texas folklorist along with two partners bought the 9.142 acres known as Lukenbach for $30,000 in 1970. The newspaper ad stated “town – pop.3 – for sale” Lukenbach is an unincorporated community near Fredericksburg, Texas. Downtown Lukenbach consists of a dance hall, the old post office, a working saloon, general store and snack bar.
Today Lukenbach is a gathering place for locals to sing, play music, dance and drink beer. Lukenbach is also visited by many people from all walks of life arriving by car, bus, truck and motorcycle. Lukenbach became a country music venue in 1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band recorded the album Viva Terlingua live in Lukenbach Dancehall. After Hondo Couch’s death four years later, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings memorialized Luckenbach with the song “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”.
I recently visited this iconic Texas location while photographing wildflowers in the Hill Country.
I hope this Blog gives you a pictorial representation of life in downtown Lukenbach, Texas on a Friday afternoon..
“Let’s Go to Lukenbach, Texas”