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Luckenbach, Texas
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Luckenbach Texas History:
Luckenbach is a pure Texas Country Western town and experience. As John Steinbeck said, “Luckenbach is a State of Mind.” Luckenbach is all about the setting and the live music. Established in 1849 as a Trading Post, the 10 acre town consists of a couple of weathered buildings from the 1800s, including a General Store/Bar located in the old post office, a Dance Hall located across from the General Store/Bar, an outdoor bar and a small outdoor stage. The town used to be owned by the Engel family, In 1970 Benno Engel retired as postmaster and placed an ad in the local Paper; “TOWN FOR SALE” —lock, stock and dancehall.” At this point, Luckenbach’s second life began. Luckenbach was purchased by a collection of only-in-Texas characters—Hondo Crouch and his cohorts, Guich Koock and Kathy Morgan, who had what charitable people would describe as over-active imaginations. Hondo imagined it was an old west fairy-tale-like principality and gave everybody titles. He formed a make-believe town and proclaimed himself Mayor. He made Marge the Sheriff and appointed ambassadors to foreign countries. The trio began to use the nearly-abandoned buildings as a backdrop for anything that smacked of mirth and diversion: “Hug-Ins”, a Luckenbach World’s Fair, Ladies State Chili Bust, the Mud Dauber Festival — and daily sessions of song-picking, domino playing and beer drinking beneath the 500-year-old oak trees. Hondo and his cohorts were “right on.” Today, over thirty years later, these events are still celebrated and the pickers are still pickin’ out under the big oak trees. In 1973, Texas country-rocker, Jerry Jeff Walker filmed his album “Viva Terlingua” in Luckenbach; the record went gold. Hondo passed away in 1976, a year before Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman wrote the song “Luckenbach Texas.” which became a massive hit for Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, bringing Luckenbach to its ultimate worldwide fame. Tour buses and tourists from around the world began to make Luckenbach a regular stop when visiting Fredericksburg area attractions. Texas towns like Luckenbach, Albert, and The Grove allow visitors to grasp the “Spirit of Texas,” to get back to the basics of life, if only briefly. Luckenbach activities include shopping and beer drinking in the General Store/Bar, listening and dancing to live music performed by top country music artists, pickin’ in impromptu jam sessions, playing washers, and picnicking on the scattered picnic tables; food is available at the Feed Lot Snack Bar. It is said that “Everybody is Somebody” in Luckenbach, Texas
 
Luckenbach Texas Area Map
Ten acre Luckenbach is located 10.3 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, 25 miles southwest of Johnson City, 9 miles southwest of Stonewall, 73 miles west of Austin, 15 miles west of Albert, 23 miles northwest of Blanco, 41 miles northwest of Spring Branch, 29 miles north of Boerne, 18.8 miles north of Sisterdale, 22 miles northeast of Comfort, and 34.6 miles northeast of Kerrville, Texas. From Fredericksburg, take U.S. 290 southeast. Go right on FM 1376, and then go right on Luckenbach Town Loop.
 
Historic Luckenbach Texas, Texas Historical Marker Text:
Members of the Luckenbach family and other German immigrants moved here from Fredericksburg (11 mi. NW) in the 1850s. They settled along Grape Creek and soon established a school for their children. The Grape Creek Post Office was in operation briefly after 1858 with William Luckenbach as first postmaster. Later settlers included August Engel, who served as first postmaster when the post office was reestablished here in 1886 under the name of Luckenbach. John Russell "Hondo" Crouch and others bought the town center in 1970 and promoted its rustic atmosphere.
 
Historic Engel Family, Texas Historical Marker Text:
The Rev. August Engel (1818-1904), a circuit riding Methodist preacher and teacher, immigrated to Texas in 1846 from Germany. In 1859 he married Katharina Ernst (1837-1920). They had six children. August Engel served as postmaster for five years in Blanco County and for 32 years at Cranes Mill in Comal County. In 1904, he was succeeded as postmaster by his son August Engel, Jr. who had purchased six acres in 1885 in Gillespie County from Carl at Luckenbach. A post office was established in Engel's home in 1886 with August Engel, Jr., serving as postmaster. His sister Minna was asked to name the new post office. Married to C. A. Luckenbach, Minna chose the name of Luckenbach. A general merchandise store with a post office area, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, saloon and warehouses were added to the property. A dance hall (Tanz Halle) also located there was a center for local gatherings. William Engel replaced his brother August Engel, Jr., as postmaster of Luckenbach in 1890. William's son, Benno W. Engel, Sr., was appointed postmaster in 1935, and served in that capacity for 36 years. The Luckenbach Post Office was discontinued in 1971 after 85 years of continuous service to Gillespie County and to the community.
 
Luckenbach Dance Hall & Live Music, 1849:
Amenities include 29 picnic style tables with pull up benches, a bar, a large wooden dance floor, and a brick patio. Luckenbach presents over 300 shows and events each year. They host pickin’ circles, live music shows, and live music dances at least once a month. Music genres include Americana, honky-tonk, Western Swing, rockabilly, roots rock, and alt country and blues. Luckenbach has been voted the best dance hall in Texas. It is available for event rentals. From Fredericksburg, take U.S. 290 southeast. Go right on FM 1376, and then go right on Luckenbach Town Loop.
  
Luckenbach General Store, 1849:
The store has been operating since 1849, and though the items sold may have changed, the same rustic atmosphere remains. Store items are also available online. Items for sale include bottle poppers (beer cap removers), koozies, Veti coolers (the best), gift cards, games, hats and other headgear, shirts and other clothing items, signs, souvenirs, books, music and other items. (888) 311-8990, extension 23.
 
Luckenbach Feed Lot:
They serve pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers and cheese burgers, Bratwurst, sausage poor boys, chicken baskets, Frito pie, hot dogs, and other menu items. Open sun & Thu, 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm and sometimes later. 
 
Rancho Ponte Vineyard, Luckenbach:
This vineyard was established in 2009; wines are sold exclusively at the winery. The tasting room is open Mon-Fri & Sunday, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-6pm. (830) 990-8555. 315 RR 1376, Fredericksburg. They are located southeast of Fredericksburg near Luckenbach. Email  Luckenbach Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Luckenbach Texas Area Map  
 
Annual Luckenbach, Texas Hug-In Camp, 2 Days Close to Valentine’s Day:
Activities at this two day weekend event included picking (guitars), playing washers, a Friday night Hug In Dance, and a Saturday night Valentines Dance. The admission fee includes camping, and the two dances.  
 
Annual Original Texas Star Trail Ride, First Full Week in Mar:
The trail ride passes through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. The trail ride begins at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on SH 16 South in Fredericksburg. The last day events include riding from Wimberley to Driftwood, and overnight camping at Camp Ben McCullough. Click the above link for a current brochure. (512) 791-2503. (512) 784-9691. Office: 811 E. 32nd Street, Austin, Texas  78705. Email   

Annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally, May:
The motorcycle rally takes place on a weekend in early May. It begins with a Thursday pm Social at Hondo’s on Main in Fredericksburg, followed by a Friday motorcycle ride to Luckenbach. Luckenbach weekend activities include motorcycle rides, a Cowboy Breakfast, live music, a bike show, Brew & BBQ, an auction, and more. The town of Luckenbach is located at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, 78624. This event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Optimist Club. (830) 997-8515.   

Maybe Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival, June:
This event was held on June 25, 2016, noon to 11pm. There are great food trucks, Texas hill Country Wineries, and Texas craft beers.  The live Americana music was headlined in 2-16 by The Texas Tornados. Proceeds benefit The Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. Tickets are available online. This family friendly event permits dogs on leashes. An admission fee applies; children 12 and under are free. Bring lawn chairs. (830) 997-3224.
 
Annual Luckenbach Christmas Ball, 3rd Saturday in Dec:
Cost TBD. This event is held in at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Road. Luckenbach, Texas. (830) 997-3224.
 
Annual Luckenbach New Year's Eve Dance, Dec 31st:
Cost TBD. This event is held in at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Road. Luckenbach, Texas. (830) 997-3224. 
 
Armadillo Farm Campground:
Amenities include RV campsites with full hookups, a cottage and cabins, the larger Armadillo Farm Room cabin, restrooms with hot showers, a laundry room and tent campsites. This campground is located just east of Luckenbach at 4950 RR 1376, Luckenbach, TX 78624. (830) 997-5371. Map