What better time to take a #totallytexasroadtrip down Purgatory Road to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern in the tiny community of Fischer. Tucked away in the oak and cedar canyons between San Marcos and Wimberly sits an unassuming structure immortalized in song and legend. Word has it the place is haunted by civil war soldiers, cowboys and assorted local folk who just didn’t want to go home. Find out all about Devil’s Backbone Tavern by clicking or tapping the link below, or better still take a #totallytexasroadtrip and check it out in person. Tell them you heard about them here on TotallyTexasGifts.com.
“Its locals are said to love the Hill Country bar & Dance hall so much that they don’t want to leave it — even in death. Old cowboys have passed away sitting upright at the bar. A shoot out years ago leaves bullet holes in the wall and lodged in the neck of a mounted deer head as a reminder of its rougher and rowdier days. Ashes of loyal patrons have been scattered between the floor boards like sawdust on a dance floor. This history and legacy is, has and will always be left to the lovers and purveyors of this bar, and it will live on like the stories and memories that fill the air like honky-tonk spirits over your shoulder.” -DevilsBackboneTavern.com
Sitting on the edge of the Devil’s Backbone fault line dividing the Edwards Plateau from the Coastal Planes, they have a spectacular view of the canyons. I’ll share those photos in a future post. There was so much to see in the Devil’s Backbone Tavern itself, I decided to focus this entire post on it alone.
I took several photos of the dollars on the ceiling. I was fascinated with them. The oldest one I found was 1968. If you go, see if you can find an older one and let me know @totallytexasgifts on Instagram.
Love the jukebox, enough said.
With its authentic honky-tonk vibe, the Devil’s Backbone Tavern has long been a favorite of singer-songwriter folks. Check out Todd Snider’s The Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern. And just look at that dance hall. I tell ya what.