When Willie Nelson’s movie, “The Red Headed Stranger” was filmed, the complete western town of Driscoll, Montana, was constructed on his ranch near Austin, Texas. The town is still there, on Willie’s property, and it’s been re-named Luck, Texas.
Last Thursday when I was in town to see Willie and Family perform at the Freedom Fest at the BackYard, I got to visit the town, with three friends from Texas; they’d been there before, but it was my first visit.
We got to spend a couple hours walking around the town, taking pictures and exploring the old buildings. It is really an authentic western town, and it’s so quiet out there, you really feel like you are in the old west It’s so familiar, too, from the seeing the movie: the windmill and horse tank, the church, a saloon/dance hall, bank, opry house, jail. One building, like a hotel, is now the World Headquarters, the walls of which are covered with posters, pictures, souveniers, paintings, awards, etc. It is like a Willie Nelson museum, and I could have stayed all day in that building; there was so much to see.
We were just getting ready to leave, when Willie drove up in his truck! We were so surprised. We’d already had so much fun wandering his town, and then he comes by to say hello. He spent almost an hour with us, visiting with us, showing us around, letting us take pictures. Willie Nelson has such a generous spirit. He made us all feel so welcome and spent so much time with us.
My friend Janis took these pictures so I won’t think I dreamed the whole thing, and my friends will believe me.