Traces of Texas Is on a Quest to Preserve the State’s Past Through Photography

Traces of Texas Is on a Quest to Preserve the State’s Past Through Photography

“Somebody should photograph all this vanishing Texas before it’s forever lost.” What began as a chronicle of one man’s love affair with a state became one of the biggest online communities devoted to the history, people, and culture of the Lone Star State.

The Great State Fair of Texas

The Great State Fair of Texas

Running through Oct. 20, The State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas draws about 3 million people annually for everything from pig races to an auto show to fried brisket.

Keeping the Groove With Texas Bass Players, From Conjunto to Country and Polka to Punk

Keeping the Groove With Texas Bass Players, From Conjunto to Country and Polka to Punk

Bass is the heartbeat of Texas music, from the hard-rocking roadhouse blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan to the conjunto-revival sounds of Los Texmaniacs. Whenever you go out dancing to live music, the underlying tones of the upright bass fiddle or electric bass guitar drive your every move across the floor—and that’s true whether you notice the person playing the instrument or not.

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in Texas

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in Texas

For every person now alive, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, there stand 30 ghosts, “for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.” So it stands to reason that wandering spirits abound in a vast state like Texas. From the barren deserts of the west to the thick woodlands of the east, specters have been reported to haunt defunct hospitals, active schools, lonely highways, and thriving hotels.

Red Steagall, Country Hit-Maker and Cowboy Poet, Talks Texas Spirit and Overcoming Polio

Red Steagall, Country Hit-Maker and Cowboy Poet, Talks Texas Spirit and Overcoming Polio

Driving the backroads northwest of Fort Worth, you’d never know that one of the luminaries of Texas country and western music lives just around the bend. Down a gravel road, a pickup marked with Red Steagall’s “RS” brand signals that Steagall is around today. Inside his office, framed records and photos signed by the likes of Ronald Reagan line the wall, hinting at Steagall’s influential career.

Find Rock Art, Relaxation, and Rare Wildflowers at Twistflower Ranch

Find Rock Art, Relaxation, and Rare Wildflowers at Twistflower Ranch

O ften the most exceptional things are found by accident.
That’s what happened at Twistflower Ranch, 5,800 acres of West Texas mesas and canyons, named for the rare bracted twistflower that bathes the arid landscape with delicate purple blossoms in the spring.

Scholz Garten Endures Through Continuous Change

Scholz Garten Endures Through Continuous Change

The beer garden and restaurant, erected in 1866 by German immigrant and bookbinder August Scholz, is the place where college professors and state legislators often meet over pints. Nearly every Texas governor has patronized the bar, and it’s famous for game-day crowds during Longhorn football season.

My Hometown: Rooted In the Railroad and Blues Music, Navasota Chugs With Cultural Vibrancy

My Hometown: Rooted In the Railroad and Blues Music, Navasota Chugs With Cultural Vibrancy

Navasota has long stoked history buffs’ imaginations. It was, after all, the area where historians believe French explorer Sieur de La Salle was murdered in 1687. Then, as a 19th-century railhead on the Navasota River, the town bustled with both commerce and unsavory characters with little regard for the law.

Photo: A Snowy Autumn Day in the Chisos Mountain of Big Bend

Photo: A Snowy Autumn Day in the Chisos Mountain of Big Bend

While fall in much of the state brings only slightly cooler temperatures, pockets like the higher elevations of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park feature a seasonal display of trees dressed in oranges and yellows. Photographer Darren Huski was fortunate to encounter a rare fall-winter combination when, he recalls, he “arrived in the park in
a blizzard and awoke to find the Chisos a mixture of vivid color and fresh snow.”


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