Luckenbach was established in 1849.
One of the first settlers in the area was Jacob Luckenbach (1817-1911). A group of German nobility, the Adelsverein, hoped for great riches by establishing a colony in the New World. In 1845 Jacob signed up and sailed with his family on the Johann Dethardt to Indianola in December. Jacob's family was one of the first settlers to arrive in Fredericksburg. He was allocated a town lot and a 10-acre lot southwest of town, where he first settled his family. In 1852, he sold both properties and moved 12 miles southeast of the site that was later known as Luckenbach.
He was instrumental in the creation of Gillespie County and served as county commissioner and school super-visor. Even though he opposed secession, he served in Captain Englebert Rrauskopf's Home Guard during the Civil War. His youngest brother, August, joined a group of Union sympathizers and died at the hands of Confederate forces in 1862. Although Jacob Luckenbach and his family were early settlers, they are not credited with founding the town of Luckenbach. That honor goes to the Rev. and Mrs. August Engel. Rev. Engel was a circuit-riding Methodist preacher and was often away from home. Mrs. Engel, having time on her hands, established a small country store near their home in 1860. When August Engel Jr. applied for a post office, his sister, Minna Engel, agreed to work as his clerk. While they were filling out the postal application, Minna selected the name of her fiancÃ©, Carl Albert Luckenbach, who was the son of Jacob.
April Burns FriggleFraggle
Cute little "town" consists of an old post office that is now a souvenir store and bar. People are friendly and welcoming. They have live music, cold beer and fried food. This is a tourist attraction that should be on your to do list when visiting the hill country.
We love to C&W Dance. We went on 06/24/2017 and saw the last two bands that would be playing. The first band had a drummer and two guys with electric guitars. C&W bands always have an acoustic guitar. They played rock N roll music. The second band played the same. Tried dancing some but hard to dance C&W with that band and people blocking the outside lane for us to dance around the floor. Outside lane on dance floor is for dancers to go around floor. Slower dancers and swingers dance in the middle. I won't recommend this place for C&W dancing since they play Rock & Roll. Nothing against R&R and I wasn't expecting Willie (saw him in November at Win Star) but where were the Boy's?
This place is great just stopping as we passed thru.. it was early morning the people there were very friendly and just the atmosphere was relaxing. Worth the stop
Constance, Box Benton
You can have a whole lot of fun here. Mostly out doors. Cute as heck. Live music.
Nice place, not boring when music is happening. We're not tourists, but can't help feeling like one with the high prices. Two burgers, 1 curly fries and two beers cost $26.