The Real Life Characters of Red River: Steve Heglund

Texas Reds
Texas Reds

Like many of Red River’s residents, Steve Heglund didn’t grow up there. A young, gutsy entrepreneur, he visited Red River and decided to stay. And he’s seen it all as the owner of the infamous Texas Reds Steak House, the Lost Love Saloon & Lodge, The Motherlode and the Rockin’ 3M Amphitheater where Michael Martin Murphey plays for a chuckwagon dinner crowd every summer.

Steve & Priscilla
Steve & Priscilla

Steve can regale you with stories from the old days when Neil Young stopped in at Reds and stayed for two weeks, serenading the patrons with his guitar in a sarape. Or more recent stories of the good-natured paranormal host in room 221 at his lodge that greets the overnight patrons. Just about any night of the week you can find Steve and his lovely wife, Priscilla, hard at work tending to the needs of Red River’s tourists, so stop in and say howdy!

On page 172 of It’s In His Heart, the owner of Cotton Eyed Joe’s has to throw out a band of troublemakers that pick a fight with Ella and Coop. Ella drops one of them with a Taser. What funny stories do you have of vacations, bars, and country music?

 

 

 

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