Luckenbach was first established as a community trading post back in the mid-1800’s. By 1904, Luckenbach had as many as 492 people, but by the 1960’s, it was a ghost town. The town was put up for sale in 1970 and purchased by actor Guich Koock and Hondo Crouch, a rancher and Texas folklorist, for $30,000.
Today, the ‘town’ retains its old west feel and boasts a dance hall and the old post office that now serves as the general store/saloon. The general store has some old post office memorabilia, but mainly acts as a souvenir shop. If you make your way to the back, you’ll find the saloon serving food and local brews.
Luckenbach has built a reputation for being a country music venue, and hosts numerous concerts. Most days there is free live music in the evenings. On the day we went, we happened to see the performers practicing. They invited our kids to learn a song (Old Man Lucas, had a lotta mucus, running right out of his nose…. – it was a great song), and told them they’d call them up during the concert to sing for tips. Our daughter will tell anyone who’ll listen about the $7 she earned in tips that afternoon!
Across a bridge you’ll find a number of memorial campfires for various people. I’m not entirely sure how the idea of a memorial campfire came about, but I like it. We’ve been discussing what we want our memorial campfires to be shaped like ever since.
Luckenbach is located right outside Fredericksburg, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 7862.
Things to Know
There is no admission fee to enter Luckenbach.
It’s a great place to get some old West photos.
The town motto is “Everybody’s somebody in Luckenbach.” You’ll find it on a lot of souvenirs in the general store.
Sun – Thurs: 10 AM – 9 PM
Fri – Sat: 10 AM – 12 AM
You can find some more information at the Luckenbach website.