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Armadillo Day is Texas’ Response to Punxsutawney Phil

Armadillo Day is Texas’ Response to Punxsutawney Phil

Every Feb. 2, an oracle emerges from his cave to deliver his predictions to a captivated populace. This oracle is ... Read More »

A Playful Day at Barton Springs in Austin

A Playful Day at Barton Springs in Austin

In 1837, settler William “Uncle Billy” Barton moved his family to a remote Hill Country creek near its ... Read More »

A Photographer Captures Divine Inspiration in Texas’ Transcendent Landmarks

A Photographer Captures Divine Inspiration in Texas’ Transcendent Landmarks

From the ancient Chisos Mountains to the majestic Piney Woods to the roar of waves crashing on the South Padre ... Read More »

Hemphill Remembers the Columbia Disaster 20 Years Later

Hemphill Remembers the Columbia Disaster 20 Years Later

In the days following the Columbia space shuttle’s disintegration over East Texas 20 years ago, the Piney Woods of ... Read More »

Dry January? These Texas Counties Are Dry Year-Round.

Dry January? These Texas Counties Are Dry Year-Round.

When January rolls around, many people participate in the monthlong sabbatical from alcohol known as Dry or ... Read More »

Go on a Treasure Hunt at the State Archives Building in Austin

Go on a Treasure Hunt at the State Archives Building in Austin

A Texas trivia question: Where would you go to find reports from state hospital inspections in the 1950s and ... Read More »

The Curious Historical Trend of Photographing Children in Goat-Drawn Carts

The Curious Historical Trend of Photographing Children in Goat-Drawn Carts

Given the ubiquity of cell phones today, it’s hard to believe photographers once carved out a living taking ... Read More »

Owens Salvage in the Panhandle Pays Homage to the Heyday of the Hot Rod

Owens Salvage in the Panhandle Pays Homage to the Heyday of the Hot Rod

putters through his salvage yard in a beat-up truck on a bright October day. He is surveying the hundreds of ... Read More »

The Gault Site in Central Texas Reveals New Details About the Oldest North Americans

The Gault Site in Central Texas Reveals New Details About the Oldest North Americans

Heading west from Georgetown, away from the crowded Interstate 35 corridor, the countryside turns green with ... Read More »

The Tex-Mex Christmas Tradition of Tamales

The Tex-Mex Christmas Tradition of Tamales

Stocking up to make tamales for the holidays, Maria Moreno stopped by a San Antonio shop to buy corn husks on ... Read More »

The History of Pioneer Female Pilots Soars at the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater

The History of Pioneer Female Pilots Soars at the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater

The trailblazing Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), had to prove themselves twice—as the military’s first ... Read More »

Remembering the Migration of Freed Slaves on the Emancipation Trail

Remembering the Migration of Freed Slaves on the Emancipation Trail

The Benson cabin is showing its age. Thought to be one of Galveston County’s oldest existing structures at over ... Read More »

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