Unique and distinctive places are scattered all over the great state of Texas, but there are none more unique than Last Stand! In the 1800s it was merely a wide spot in the road, a way station with only a trading post, a smithy, and a saloon—until the Texas Revolution spread out to engulf the tiny community. The few locals took shelter in the only solid building there was, the Last Stand Saloon, built of Hill Country limestone. And that tiny band of Texans held off a full contingent of Santa Anna’s troops with sheer courage and gallows humor. One of those jokes, about making their last stand in a saloon as opposed to a mission like the Alamo, led to the town’s name. And those who survived that battle dedicated themselves to turning that tiny outpost into a town any Texan would be proud of. Descendents from that battle live in Last Stand to this day. That saloon is still standing and operational, complete with bullet holes from the battle in its walls. And every year in January, Last Stand celebrates its past on Heritage Day, with a re-enactment of the famous battle.
Last Stand grew, its expansion accelerated by the addition of a train depot. Today it is a thriving community of ranchers, cattle and horse breeders, farmers who take advantage of the climate to raise glorious peaches, vintners working hard to make the Hill Country the primary wine country of Texas, and it hangs on to a touch of its more reckless past by being the home of Outlaw Tequila.
But Last Stand has more than history to interest you! Every spring on the second weekend of April, Last Stand holds one of the biggest Bluebonnet Festivals in the state, with a parade, vendors, and tons of activities to keep you and the kids entertained.
Summer marks the Last Stand 4th of July Rodeo, a fully sanctioned event that draws talent from around the country, along with our local stars. There are exhibitions, demonstrations, and events for the younger crowd whether they ride or not.
Fall brings us to an Oktoberfest, celebrating the German heritage of the Hill Country. With everything delicious and highly drinkable you would anticipate, it’s one of the highlights of the year.
The Christmas season in Last Stand is a wondrous experience, with a community tree lighting and Christmas parade the first weekend, a Christmas marketplace with everything you or the smaller ones in your family could wish for. The season culminates with the annual Christmas ball, a formal affair that raises money to support the summer rodeo.
So whatever the season, Last Stand has something to offer everyone. Come and be welcomed with some Hill Country hospitality!
Author Eve Gaddy took the time to answer a few questions about the new Tule town of Last Stand, Texas, and her release out April 11: Heart of the Texas Doctor!
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many us will be traveling to be around family. So what better way to prepare than to read about families?
Tule has several series that can help you do just that. Here, author Audrey Wick, writer of the 2018 Texas Sisters series and an upcoming 2019 brothers series, shares her experiences writing books with interconnected family characters in today’s Tule Author Q&A.
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Living in two different countries with widely differing time zones can be a challenge. When Kathy moved to England we had a hard time figuring out when was the best time to try to talk for both of us. With seven (sometimes six) hours difference, that was a challenge. Thank goodness for the World Clock App and FaceTime. One of the benefits of Eve being a night owl is that sometimes we can chat when it’s the end of her writing day and the beginning of mine.
Kathy and I have been friends a long time. Before she moved to England we talked on the phone a lot. Now that she’s in England and I’m in the US we FaceTime. We try for once a week but that doesn’t always happen.
Here’s one of our typical conversations about Whiskey River—well, mostly Whiskey River.)