July 23, 2007


Luling, Texas (population: 5,080), is 47 miles S of Austin and 13 miles N of Gonzales. Early settlement of the area began in the 1840s. The discovery of the Luling oilfield in 1922 prompted rapid growth in the community. Luling at one time had the reputation for being "The Toughest Town in Texas," no doubt in part due to the high percentage of roughnecks there to work in the oil fields.

This Battle Ax ghost sign was the main draw:

The Stanley Theatre, c. 1948

Rock-A-Bye Motel

1 comment:

ruggus99@cox.net said...

The Luling gas station pictured was once a railroad interlocking tower and sort of had the gas station grafted to it.