Terlingua, a Big Bend area ghost town just won’t die.
Like thousands of other little towns in Texas, Terlingua ghost town would have dried up and blown away were it not for Texans’ reverence for chili and the advent of our own brand of outlaw country music.
Jerry Jeff Walker’s 1973 live album “Viva Terlingua” introduced Texas anthems like “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” and “London Homesick Blues” with the unforgettable line about going “home with the armadillos.
Chili and Texas Outlaw Country Music saved Terlingua
I’m not sure Jerry Jeff had actually been to Terlingua at that time of the album’s creation. Walker recorded”Viva Terlingua” live at Luckenbach, another Texas town that owes its continued existence to Willie and Waylon and the Boys. But chili legends Wick Fowler and Frank X Tolbert knew it well when they established their impossibly ambitious Terlingua International Championship Chili Cook-off here in 1967. [Read more…]