Of the times Martin Luther King Jr. visited Texas, there are three occasions that stand out: 1959 in Fort Worth, 1962 in Austin, and 1967 in Houston, six months before his assassination.
Imagine driving down State Highway 69 through south Beaumont and seeing a vintage oil derrick. Suddenly, a geyser of water spews from the top, shooting a full 100 feet in the air.
Since January 1927, the northern mockingbird has been the state bird of Texas, an honor shared with a whopping four other states.
One of Austin’s most interesting small art galleries isn’t downtown. It isn’t on the University of Texas campus, or near the fashionable Domain shopping and dining district, or on the hip East Side.
When Memphis record producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, the Replacements) was a lonely freshman at Baylor University in 1959, he spent hours studying in the library every night.