Luling is conveniently located in the heart of Texas at the crossroads of US 90 & 183, Texas 80 & 86, and Interstate 10. Less than an hour from San Antonio and Austin, Luling sits at the southern edge of Caldwell County on the San Marcos River.
A friendly, quiet central Texas community, rich in history and Texas pride, Luling is renowned for its barbecue, rich oil history, decorated pump jacks, fresh produce and plants, abundant watermelons, and Texas’ first inland canoe paddling trail on the San Marcos River. When asked about their experience while visiting Luling, travelers invariably start with smile and a remark about all the welcoming, friendly folks they’ve met.
Once known as “the toughest town in Texas,” Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products.