Arriving at Luckenbach, we did not see “Willie, Waylon, and the Boys”, but we did see people. Some came on motorcycles, others in trucks, many in cars, and some in RVs. What a difference from our first visit some thirty years prior.
On our first trip to Luckenbach it was difficult to locate since the signs were constantly being stolen. We think the state/county just decided not to put new ones up. Going down country roads, not sure where we would end up but eventually finding Luckenbach. You could not see the structures from the road and you had to guess that this overgrown drive would lead you to that famed venue. At that time it was a sleepy general store and an old post office without too much activity on a weekday.
This visit on a Saturday afternoon was a hubbub of activity. The general store is still there yet no more post office. The store is now full of souvenir type items and has a bar in the back. Behind that building is a stage where the pickers play every afternoon. The dancehall is off to the side along with a snack shack. The entire area exudes a festival feel. There is even an ATM outhouse for your convenience.
A bust of Hondo Crouch who purchased “Downtown Luckenbach” in 1971 greets the visitor outside the general store. His purchase included the general store and dancehall; the post office closed when Benno Engel retired.
We are not sure if today’s Luckenbach is what Hondo had in mind, although he firmly believed in the town’s motto, “Everybody is Somebody in Luckenbach”. And on this Saturday afternoon almost forty years after his death, everyone in Luckenbach was somebody…