Movies featuring Coupland, Texas
(with a slight variation in the spelling) played a part in the 2003 movie Secondhand
(far left) with Haley Joel Osment and Michael Caine loading the blue truck. Photo
courtesy Texas Film Commission
in a Pecan Shell|
The 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.
Peters Church Cemetery
Texas Through Truss Bridge
|The Coupland 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. -
bridge was also used in the filming of Secondhand Lions.
Gibson, March 2008
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
Huntington's Sculpture Garden |
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.
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 30, 2005