Movies featuring Coupland:
a slight variation in the spelling) played a part in the 2003 movie
Secondhand Lions.Robert Duval (far left) with Haley Joel
Osment and Michael Caine loading the blue truck.
Photo courtesy Texas Film Commission
a Pecan Shell
town was named after resident Major Theodore Van Buren Coupland. Lots
in Coupland were sold even while the Bastrop and Taylor Railroad
was under construction in 1887.
A post office was granted two years later and by the turn of the (20th)
Century the town was a gathering place for the German, Swiss and Swedish
farmers who tilled the gently sloping hills of Travis and Williamson
From the 1980s, Coupland has reported a population of 135. A restored
depot reflects the town's former railroad connection and it maintains
a picturesque, sloping main street and hillside cemetery.
St. Peters Church
Through Truss Bridge
Bridge is on Williamson
County CR456 about one mile northeast over the Brushy Creek. It
is 140 feet long and was built in 1912, being nicely restored in 2005.
The bridge was
also used in the filming of Secondhand Lions.
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, March 2008
Coupland can be seen in the background of the shot straight though
the bridge. This same scene is briefly used in the movie ("Secondhand
Lions") but no one would notice the background. Think if the
bridge had been restored before the movie setting was picked. The
scenes on the bridge just wouldn't have been the same with freshly
painted girders and new decking. - Barclay
Photo courtesy Lisa Mason, 2005
... At first
glance, there's not much here, except a church, a saloon, and a
couple of old buildings.
But, in truth, it's a very interesting, very creative town. For
instance, it's got a burgeoning artist community. Several talented
artists reside in downtown Coupland, including Jim Huntington (world-class
sculptor), Wells Mason (designer and craftsman), and Dan Grife (painter
from New Mexico). These days, the artists outnumber the regular
businesses in the downtown area. Jim Huntington's sculpture garden,
for instance, is smack-dab in the middle of downtown, kinda unexpected.
Another attraction in this small town is the Coupland Inn. It's
considered one of the best dance halls in Texas. It's also got a
large restaurant and turn-of-the-century sleeping acommodations.
Because it's such a picturesque Texas town, film crews show up all
the time. Big production films like Varsity Blues, Home Fries, and
Secondhand Lions are some recent examples. Music videos include
Stevie Ray Vaughn and Pat Green, among others. - Lisa Mason, November
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