Willie Nelson’s iconic Texas ranch town is ripped apart by a tornado

Willie Nelson with Horses

Willie Nelson has been a long time supporter of Habitat for Horses. He even fosters horses from Habitat for Horses at his ranch in Luck, Texas. We are glad to hear that the horses are safe. ~ HfH

From: CultureMap Houston
By: Ryan Lakich

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The post office and bank of Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas were left in ruins by a tornado.

A big piece of Texas music and film history was damaged by recent severe weather. Portions of Luck, Texas, Willie Nelson’s private ranch near Austin, fell victim to high winds.

Photos of the storm’s damage were posted to Nelson’s official Facebook. “Our beautiful Luck wasn’t so lucky recently,” reads the post. “Last week’s tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter.”

Luck, Texas, modeled after an old Western town, was originally built in 1986 as the set for Red Headed Stranger, a film starring Nelson that was inspired by his 1975 album of the same name.

Although Luck isn’t normally open to the public, the iconic town occasionally is used for events, such as Heartbreaker Banquet, a one-day music festival held during SXSW. The town was most recently seen in the music video of “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore,” which featured Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Jessica Simpson and Woody Harrelson along with the Red Headed Stranger himself.

Luck also serves as the home for Nelson’s rescue horses, which can be adopted through Habitat for Horses. There are no reports of any horses being injured during the storm.

Willie Nelson and horses

Willie with some of the horses he fosters for Habitat for Horses. Click on this picture to find out how you can adopt a horse from Habitat for Horses

Regarding the future of Luck, the Nelson camp remains positive. “Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren’t complaining,” reads the Facebook post. “Luck is a tough town. It can be rebuilt.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
3 Comments
  • Robyn Persichitte Gipp

    Very sorry to hear this.. but you’re right it can be rebuilt…

    Most importantly the horses and everyone was safe….

    September 30, 2014
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    I’m sorry about the town. You can’t rebuild history. But I’m never happy that the horses weren’t hurt, and that Mr. Lakich mentioned in his article that horses can be adopted through the Habitat. Every body loves Willie and perhaps this will draw attention to the Habitat – cool beans!

    September 30, 2014
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    Sorry – should have read this before posting. I mean I’m very happy that horses weren’t hurt – dizzy blonde moment.

    September 30, 2014