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 blackbird on the roof fluffing its feathers.

Prepare a Dutch Oven Feast at Lake Tawakoni State Park

Prepare a Dutch Oven Feast at Lake Tawakoni State Park

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Dallas Celebrates 150 Years of Deep Ellum

Dallas Celebrates 150 Years of Deep Ellum

A little more than a mile from where Dallas founder John Neely Bryan’s reconstructed cabin marks the first settlement of the city, Elm Street crosses under the Central Expressway and ushers in a different vibe.

What the Well? Why It Took Mineral Wells So Long to Become the Official Wellness Capital of Texas

What the Well? Why It Took Mineral Wells So Long to Become the Official Wellness Capital of Texas

Located about an hour west of Fort Worth, Mineral Wells is a small town built on the idea of wellness, as people flocked to the area starting in the late 1800s to drink the local well water that became famous for its healing properties.

Before Peaches, Watermelons Ruled in Parker County

Before Peaches, Watermelons Ruled in Parker County

Heading into the second weekend of July, residents from all over Parker County brace themselves as their historic square transforms into a vibrant jubilee celebrating all things peach.

Pucker Up for a ‘Longhorn Kiss’ at Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah

Pucker Up for a ‘Longhorn Kiss’ at Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Celebrate the Mother Road at the Inaugural Route 66 Festival in Amarillo

Celebrate the Mother Road at the Inaugural Route 66 Festival in Amarillo

When author and photographer Candacy Taylor began researching her book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America, Amarillo landed on her radar.

The Real Locations That Inspired Larry McMurtry’s ‘Lonesome Dove’

The Real Locations That Inspired Larry McMurtry’s ‘Lonesome Dove’

Of all the quintessentially Texan books, Lonesome Dove ranks right up there. And while most readers are familiar with its iconic descriptions of the dusty land, many may not know the local spots that gave author Larry McMurtry the inspiration to write his historical epic.

Treat Yourself to a Glamping Weekend at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Treat Yourself to a Glamping Weekend at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

The Return of Dallas’ Legendary Longhorn Ballroom

The Return of Dallas’ Legendary Longhorn Ballroom

Asleep at the Wheel was getting ready to play the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas on May 13, 1975, when a reporter knocked on the bus door to tell them that their hero, Bob Wills, had just passed away.

Pop Culture and History Converge on Fort Worth’s Stars of the Stockyards Tour

Pop Culture and History Converge on Fort Worth’s Stars of the Stockyards Tour

When drovers headed cattle north up the Chisholm Trail in the late 19th century, Fort Worth was the last stop for supplies before crossing the Red River and entering Native American territories.

The Nearly Completed Northeast Texas Trail Is an Outdoor Sports Paradise

The Nearly Completed Northeast Texas Trail Is an Outdoor Sports Paradise

Imagine hopping on a trail in Farmersville, about an hour northeast of Dallas, and pedaling a bike, hiking, or riding a scooter all the way to New Boston, eight miles from the Arkansas border.

For Fans of Christmas Lights, a Carriage Ride in Highland Park Is Peak Holiday Fun

For Fans of Christmas Lights, a Carriage Ride in Highland Park Is Peak Holiday Fun

I am a Christmas lights devotee. Perhaps it’s because my father, an otherwise outstanding parent, never allowed me and my mother to festoon our suburban house in colorful lights.

Explore American Soccer, from its Foundations to its Greatest Stars, at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco

Explore American Soccer, from its Foundations to its Greatest Stars, at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco

As the U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its World Cup run in Qatar this week, soccer fans don’t have to travel across globe to explore the foundations of American soccer and the homegrown players who have taken the American game to the world’s biggest stages.

How Fort Worth’s Dickies Went from Work Wear to Fashion Trend

How Fort Worth’s Dickies Went from Work Wear to Fashion Trend

When I was growing up in and around Fort Worth, Dickies was ubiquitous. Eating biscuits and gravy on Saturdays at the Bronco Café in my then-small hometown of Mansfield, I’d watch local ranchers and farmers clad in Dickies pants and dirt-covered boots read the local paper over coffee.

Ancient Mosasaur Discovery Has Us Wondering Where Texas Ranks for Fossils

Ancient Mosasaur Discovery Has Us Wondering Where Texas Ranks for Fossils

This spring, an amateur fossil hunter prospecting around the North Sulphur River happened upon a skeleton emerging from a streambed 80 miles northeast of Dallas.

As the Emerald Ash Borer Expands Its Texas Invasion, There Are Ways to Help Stop the Spread

As the Emerald Ash Borer Expands Its Texas Invasion, There Are Ways to Help Stop the Spread

In 2002, a species of small, jewel-like green beetle appeared in Detroit. Called the emerald ash borer and originally found in northeastern Asia, the beetle sought out a particular target—ash trees—to lay their eggs, leaving its larvae to feed on the trees’ insides.

Amid Drought, the Texas Peach Crop Is Arriving Later—and Sweeter—Than Usual

Amid Drought, the Texas Peach Crop Is Arriving Later—and Sweeter—Than Usual

Better late than never. That sums up the Texas peach crop in 2022. After a slow start this summer, succulent freestones are hitting the shelves of family-owned fruit stands throughout the state in ample supplies that may last through September.

With a New Album Out, 81-Year-Old Delbert McClinton Reflects on His Six-Decade Career

With a New Album Out, 81-Year-Old Delbert McClinton Reflects on His Six-Decade Career

“You’re 81. What the heck are you making a new record for?”
It’s an honest, semi-innocent question to pose to singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton when I get him on the phone the other day.

Relive the Days of Arcades and Rush at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco

Relive the Days of Arcades and Rush at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco

Back in 2001, pinball was in one of its periodic downturns. New machines had dwindled almost to zero and there was only one manufacturer left on the planet.

Houston Artist JooYoung Choi Takes Audiences on a Fantastical Trip to the Cosmic Womb at the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas

Houston Artist JooYoung Choi Takes Audiences on a Fantastical Trip to the Cosmic Womb at the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas

Contemplative art that explores important themes of race, culture, and identity need not be somber in tone.

A Newly Renovated Museum Celebrates Cleburne’s History as a Railroad Town

A Newly Renovated Museum Celebrates Cleburne’s History as a Railroad Town

It was Oct. 21, 1881, when about 1,000 Cleburne residents—a quarter of the town’s population at the time—gathered to cheer as the very first train pulled into town.

When Belle Starr Married Outlaw Jim Reed, Her Legend as ‘the Female Jesse James’ Began

When Belle Starr Married Outlaw Jim Reed, Her Legend as ‘the Female Jesse James’ Began

As with so many figures from the wrong side of the law in the raw days of frontier Texas, it’s difficult to sort the facts from the fiction about Belle Starr. 

Meet the Winners of the 2021 State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Choice Awards

Meet the Winners of the 2021 State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Choice Awards

The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has officially begun, now that we know which new crazy-decadent fried food dishes took top honors in this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards

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