Luckenbach, Texas the little place made famous by a country song
April 15, 2007.
We parked our motorhome at Lady Bird Johnson City Park 3-miles south of Fredericksburg on SR-16; $20 FHU including cable with paved sites. We tend to like Lady Bird Johnson City Park when we are in Fredericksburg because the RV-sites are situated under the canopy of mature pecan trees but there are several more that are good as well. The Fredericksburg RV-Park on Highway street is another good park but it cost more and doesn't have mature trees that provide shade.
Luckenbach is only a few buildings 10-miles southeast of Fredericksburg. Located on a small loop of paved road off RR-1376 the small cluster of buildings have withstood the raveges of weather and time without any noticable help in decades. Explaining Luckenbach is difficult since it is something different to each individual that visits. The facilities consist of a dance hall, a place for food (appropriately called the feed lot) and the old post office that is now a store and beer joint combined. Outside restrooms and a few out buildings make up what attracts people to Luckenbach. A few houses, probably less than 5, are scattered around the loop. One of these house is a historic residence. The other residences are not noteworthy.
The outside parking area:
Much of the ambience at Luckenbach is the outside parking area, especially for the motorcycle crowd. Parking nearest the store is more or less reserved --if only by tradition, for motorcycles.
Weekends in the Hill Country of Texas is motorcycle cruising time. Hundreds of motorcycles cruise through the areas roads. Luckenbach is a mandatory stop on any motorcycle outing. It might be that all motor cycle outings require at least two stops at Luckenbach. For the most part motorcycle riders stop by for a cool one then head out again within 30-minutes. Most of the motorcycle crowd socializes in this area where they can inspect each others cycles and attire.
These bikers are hanging out under the oaks near the Dance Hall, while a constant flow of vehicles pass by on the road separating the two spots.
Motorcycles come in different pods. I don't know that I can classify all the different genre represented but the Harley owners like to let everyone hear the distinctive deep growl of their Harley. I think they compete to see who's hog has the deepest growl or possibly the loudest growl. One of the other genre are the bikes where riders have their rear end higher than their heads when moving down the highway. Biker attire seems to be as important the bike. Black leather is a must and the more of it the better.
That is the Luckenbabh dance hall on the left. During the hot summer the sides open up and air flows through the building.
Old Post Office ------ now the Luckenbach store & beer joint. This is "THE" building that epitomizes Luckenbach. However, the building is just the location. Much of the attraction revolves around the musicians that gather out back of this building to jam.
Old Luckenbach post office, store and beer joint
This is the north side of the store/old Post Office during an unusual quiet moment. At times 100 or more people would be in this picture. The road (Luckenbach Loop) that passes through Luckenbach is between where we are taking this picture and the old Luckenbach Post Office. The open door on the side leads to the beer and soft drink sales area and were the music crowd hangs in inclimate weather. We were crowded in that tiny place Saturday night when upwards of 8 to 10 musicians were performing. It was very crowded but the music was great, especially one Mexican fellow with a "squeeze box" aka an accordian. His accordian was a great addition to the fiddle, mandalin, and acoustic guitars. One time during his turn he sang a song part in Mexican and part in English. Everyone, except us, knew the words ------ both the Mexican and the English words and the whole place sang along with him. He was a crowd favorite on this evening.
Joyce Hendrix listening to perfromers at Luckenbach
The outside jam session area:
The outside jam area is located behind the Luckenbach store and juke joint.
A crowd listening to performers. Note that this crowd is NOT the biker crowd that is mostly hanging out near their bikes. This is mostly an eclectic bunch of old geezers and much younger college kids.
This picture was taken from the outside performance area looking across the street to the Luckenbach Dance Hall and feed lot
Luckenbach, Texas Store as seen from out back
This shows the back side of the Luckenbach store where cool ones are dispensed. That open window in the back of the building is where most of the beverages are served. Not all beverages are beer, many people are consuming soft drinks. You will note that the people congregated around the musicians are NOT bikers. The bikers seem to huddle in the vicinity of their bikes, you can take note of this in the various pictures.
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The performers are huddled on the right side of that large oak tree near the center of the picture.
No discussion of Luckenbach would be complete without mention of their livestock. Luckenbach livestock consists of 6 to 8 chickens as far as I can determine. This rooster was making his presence known by taking part in the outdoor music. At times such as this they are part of the performance.
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