Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Friday, March 13 – We stopped at Fort Martin Scott Historic Site.

Fort Martin Scott sign

We took the self-guided tour of this pre-Civil War military outpost to learn about one of the first frontier Army forts in Texas. The fort was originally established as Camp Houston on December 5, 1848. The Fort consisted of a complex of twenty-one buildings.

fort layout

Officers' Quarters
officers quarters

Looking through the dirty window.

One mission of the outpost was to protect settlers from the Indians.

Guard house


men's quarters

As the settlers pushed farther west, Fort Martin Scott lost its strategic significance. In 1853, Army inspectors recommended that the fort be closed. The Eighth Military Department renamed the camp in December 1849 for Major Martin Scott, who was killed at the Battle of Molino del Rey in the Mexican War in 1847.

Fort Martin Scott never fought a battle with the Indians.peace sign

Marsha loves these historic sites. There is no admission charge. They've done a pretty good job using signage to let you know what you're viewing.

Our last stop was a return visit to Luckenbach where “Everybody’s Somebody." This is our second visit to Luckenbach. Nothing has changed since 2010.


Luckenbach was established in 1849. One of the first settlers in the area was Jacob Luckenbach (1817-1911). In 1977, Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman – penned an idyllic ode to the burg—“Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics)”—which became a massive musical hit for Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, bringing Luckenbach to its ultimate worldwide fame.

This picture is for our friend, Shoeless Joe.
willie nelson

We walked around town (only 3 buildings) for a short visit.

Post Office
post office

inside post office

Dance hall
dance hall

For a tiny town, this place has lots of places to buy saloon

Roosters are everywhere.


There is someone pickin' every day.

They were having a band tonight at 8 p.m. We considered returning for a little Texas 2-Steppin' but alas, we decided to stay comfy at home.

For the ladies…thank goodness these are gone!

There are so many other attractions to visit in Hill Country. In 2010, we did climb Enchanted Rock, visited many of the Missions, walk the town of  Boerne, toured LBJ State Park and Historic Site just to name a few. To do the area justice, a two to three week stay is needed. Put it on your list…great place to visit.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. I need to one of those for Louise....hehe... Maybe we will get to that area in a moth or so. Not sure yet where are going or when.

  2. Who to believe? You should get a hold of a book called Comanche Moon - G. W. Gwynne. Tells a completely different tale.

  3. As Country music fans we loved Weyland, Willie not so much. He writes great music, just don't like him.

    Have you gone to Guenne? (Not sure of the spelling) The dancehall there was where George Strait and his Ace in the Hole Band got their start. We were amazed at the condition of the floor. Can't understand why people aren't falling through.

  4. Boy, seeing that corset makes me remember girdles! Thank goodness they didn't last long!

  5. Luckenback is about as far off the beaten path as you can get and Willie is pretty far off the beaten path himself.

  6. Great writeup. We go to remember are visit some years ago:)

  7. We got a kick out of visiting Luckenback. It wasn't anything we expected. Willie was no where to be found either.

    Haven't been to Fort Smith. Sounds like we need to add that to our list too.

  8. Thanks for the history lesson and the terrific pictures. Can't imagine being stuffed into one of those corsets. No wonder the woman got the vapors so often!

  9. Trying to catch up on my blog reading .... seems every time I sit down to do that, the internet speed fizzles. We too enjoy visiting historic sites like this fort ... better when it is free ;-)

  10. Thanks for another great story about little towns in Texas. Unfortunately, I'll be humming that Willie Nelson tune about Luckenbach all day now.

  11. Since you are in hill country, you might enjoy visiting Balcones Canyonlands NWR.

  12. Another one for my Pinterest list. You should be a tour guide. Wait a minute, you ARE!


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