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LULING, TEXAS

Caldwell County, Central Texas South
Hwy 183, Just North of I-10
47 miles S of Austin
17 miles S of Lockhart
13 miles N of Gonzales
20 miles SE of San Marcos
34 miles E of New Braunfels
59 miles E of San Antonio

Population: 5,080 (2000)

Luling, Texas Area Hotels:
Gonzales Hotels | Lockhart Hotels

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills and spiilway

Photo Courtesy Sarah Reveley, March 2006

Zedler's Mills
On Highway 80 just South of Luling

Rivalry between Lockhart and Luling has cooled somewhat. Their high schools no longer compete in football and both towns have spanking-new HEB stores. Life is good in Caldwell County. Barbecue aficionados from South of I-10 have never seen the need to drive the additional mileage to participate in the Barbecue Wars in Lockhart, since City Market and Luling Barbecue know what they're doing. Once called "The Toughest Town in Texas", time has tenderized Luling to a nice medium-rare.

Luling Texas Building
Luling street scene
Photo by John Troesser
Luling men, 1935 B&W photo
Luling roughnecks, circa1935
Courtesy Caldwell County Genealogical Society
bathhouse in Luling Texas



The Bath House that Wouldn't Die

Luling Chronicles

  • The Bath House that Wouldn't Die
    Amusing history provided by the Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society.
  • Zedler's Mills
  • "Tall Town Tales by a Country Editor"
    Since a newspaper is the heartbeat of a town, we are including a review of a book written by R. E. Bailey, Founder and Editor of The Luling Newsboy and Signal
  • Pixilated in Port Arthur & Reincarnated in Luling
    Alfred Stillwell and Edgar Davis
    by Luke Warm
  • Watermelon water tower
    Luling watermelon water tower
    TE Photo

    Watermelon Thump Festival

    A "world famous" annual event - Last weekend in June

    Luling Area Travel Destinations
    Hwy 183 S 13 miles to Gonzales
    Hwy 183 N 17 miles to Lockhart
    Hwy 183 N 47 miles to Austin
    I-10 30 miles E to Flatonia.
    I-10 59 miles W to San Antonio

    I-10 21 miles W to Seguin, then Hwy 46 13 miles to New Braunfels
    Hwy 80 20 miles NW to San Marcos

    Luling Area Chamber of Commerce -
    641 East Davis Street In the Historic Walker Bros. Building, sharing space with the Central Oil Patch Museum
    P.O. Box 710 Luling, TX. 78648.
    Phone (830) 875-3214
    Website: www.bcsnet.net/lulingcc

    Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society -
    This well-oiled facility is found adjoining the library and can well serve as a model for other cities concerned about preserving their past.

    Where to Stay > Luling Hotels
    Battle Ax tobacco ghost sign



    A Battle Ax plug Tobacco sign appears in Luling, Texas
    Photo by John Troesser, 11-2003
    John Troesser
    Luling Texas Forum
  • Subject: Morris Ranch & other places
    My wife love going to old places......About 2 weeks ago we went to the Austin, San Marcos area (Hill Country) We found Morris Ranch, no problem with the excellent directions on your website....we were kind of disappointed that it was all fenced off......the silo was close enough to the fence to get some good pictures the large barn was just like on the website but a No Tresspassing sign kept us from getting closer.......the schoolhouse was incredible but a big gate was in the way I would have love to look inside.......We went on to San Marcos, there we found an old hospital that had at one time been converted into a college fraternity house, but now is abandonded with a somewhat spooky history of a fraternity ritual that had gone wrong ,maybe true maybe not...( I read about it in a book called Weird Texas, check it out sometime its a cool book)........Also we found an abandonded saw mill outside of Luling it was great, [Zedler's Mills] it was along side the River you can walk right up to it, of course you wouldn't have wanted to go inside, the historical marker said it had been abandonded since 1960......As usual I cant say enough good about your website...who knows where we will go next.......... Thanks. - Rodney Stegall, November 08, 2005
  • Subject: SARG RECORDS
    Hello Historic Luling, My name is Graham C. Marshall and I live in East Yorkshire, England. For a brief period in the seventies I corresponded with Charlie Fitch of Sarg Records. Does anyone know anything about him? Is he still alive? I should be very grateful if you could find someone who could enlighten me. Thanks - Graham, January 05, 2006
  • Oil rig with pig
    oil rig with whale

    Oil rigs in Luling

    Photos courtesy Margie Warwas
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.

    Luling, Texas
    Area Destinations:

    Austin
    Lockhart
    Gonzales
    San Marcos
    New Braunfels
    San Antonio
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    Lockhart Hotels
    San Marcos Hotels
    New Braunfels Hotels
    San Antonio Hotels

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