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Capturing the Spirit of Townes Van Zandt in Fort Worth

Capturing the Spirit of Townes Van Zandt in Fort Worth

It's a blustery, dark, cold January day at an old cemetery in Dido. Were it not for the two Texas Historical ... Read More »

Frolicking Among the Bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park

Frolicking Among the Bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park

This photo from the Texas Highways archives shows a handsome couple—and their handlers—frolicking in a bumper ... Read More »

History of the Trailblazer: How Texas Birthed the Modern Monorail

History of the Trailblazer: How Texas Birthed the Modern Monorail

Texas is known for many inventions—Dr Pepper, Liquid Paper, the frozen margarita machine, and even silicone ... Read More »

A Texas Bouquet

A Texas Bouquet

This article is from the Texas Highways archive. It first appeared in the June 1974 issue. As part of our 50th ... Read More »

Longtime North Texas Chain El Chico Serves Warm Memories

Longtime North Texas Chain El Chico Serves Warm Memories

It’s now accepted wisdom within the state: The words “hot plate!” roared by a server is something of a culinary ... Read More »

See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

In one of his pictures documenting life in far West Texas, photographer Wilfred Dudley (W.D.) Smithers shows a ... Read More »

Roadside Oddity: The Giant Uvalde Cut-outs

Roadside Oddity: The Giant Uvalde Cut-outs

Our state is full of novelties, many of which have a peculiar story of how they came to be on their particular ... Read More »

The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

At the corner of East 44th Street and Avenue H in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin stands a three-story ... Read More »

The Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit Is Coming to Texas

The Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit Is Coming to Texas

It doesn’t carry the name recognition of the Alamo, Nacogdoches, Goliad, or other key players in Texas' ... Read More »

A Pittman Pilgrimage: Touring Texas’ First Practicing Black Architect’s Work

A Pittman Pilgrimage: Touring Texas’ First Practicing Black Architect’s Work

As I walked toward the Joshua Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Waxahachie, I noticed a ... Read More »

When Texas Highways Became the Official Travel Magazine of Texas

When Texas Highways Became the Official Travel Magazine of Texas

Decades before Texas Highways became a public-facing travel magazine, it was known by the slightly less ... Read More »

Singing Cowboy Tex Ritter’s Legacy Lives On

Singing Cowboy Tex Ritter’s Legacy Lives On

Of all the actors, musicians, sports figures, and entertainers known as Tex, the most famous is practically ... Read More »

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