The Cadillac of Barbecue Smokers Can Be Found in Lockhart

The Cadillac of Barbecue Smokers Can Be Found in Lockhart

Like finely tuned hot rods, the models gleam in the brightly lit showroom. While their designs and styles are all different—some feature shiny chrome that sparkles under the recessed lighting and others bear sturdy black paint and brass accents—they’re all here to inspire and catch fire.

Prairies and Lakes

Prairies and Lakes

The college town of Denton is hitting all the right notes
By Stacey Swann
Located just north of Dallas—Fort Worth, Denton manages to feel like a small town while offering the amenities of the big city.

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.

Bluegrass Music Is Alive and Well in Lockhart

Bluegrass Music Is Alive and Well in Lockhart

Step inside the new shop off Main Street, near the heart of Lockhart’s famous historic downtown square, and the first thing you notice, just past the guitars, is the large assortment of banjos.

Mexia’s Cindy Walker Days Celebrates a Trailblazing Country Music Hall of Fame Songwriter

Mexia’s Cindy Walker Days Celebrates a Trailblazing Country Music Hall of Fame Songwriter

“I’m just a Texan at heart,” drawled the “Queen of Western Song Writers” to a live audience at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Stadium in 1951.

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.

For a New Outdoor Activity, Archery Hits the Bull’s-eye at Lockhart State Park

For a New Outdoor Activity, Archery Hits the Bull’s-eye at Lockhart 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.

Waco’s Historic Suspension Bridge Reopens After Getting a Fix-Up

Waco’s Historic Suspension Bridge Reopens After Getting a Fix-Up

When my mother’s family would journey to the big city of Waco from their home in Mexia back in the 1920s and ’30s, they would cross the Brazos River on the famous Waco Suspension Bridge.

Mating Season Is Underway for Attwater Prairie Chickens. Just Don’t Call Them “Boomers.”

Mating Season Is Underway for Attwater Prairie Chickens. Just Don’t Call Them “Boomers.”

In a grassy field near Goliad dotted with cow patties, eight football-size birds waggle their tails, inflate mango-colored pouches on their necks, stamp their feet, and emit a forlorn “woo-woo-woo.”
These male Attwater prairie chickens (also spelled as Attwater’s prairie chicken) hope their flashy “booming” display will impress the hens.

Waco’s Dr Pepper Museum Reopens Historic Bottling Room with New Exhibition

Waco’s Dr Pepper Museum Reopens Historic Bottling Room with New Exhibition

Just a three-block walk from the crowds at Magnolia Market in Waco is the Dr Pepper Museum, where visitors can learn all about the quintessential Texas soft drink and get handmade floats at a real old-fashioned soda fountain.

Who Is Colleen Hoover, the Texas Author Taking the Romance Genre By Storm?

Who Is Colleen Hoover, the Texas Author Taking the Romance Genre By Storm?

Take a glance at any major bestseller list, and you’ll spot the ubiquitous brightly colored trade paperbacks with Colleen Hoover printed in a basic block font across the covers.

New Discovery of Dinosaur Tracks Adds to Glen Rose’s Dino-mite Collection

New Discovery of Dinosaur Tracks Adds to Glen Rose’s Dino-mite Collection

Millions of years ago–113 million years ago to be more exact—before the Paluxy River flowed through limestone hills, the town of Glen Rose was a vast and shimmering mud flat on the shores of the inland sea.

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

High temperatures and extremely dry conditions have caused wildfires throughout Texas this summer—the most recent being the Chalk Mountain Fire in Somervell County near Dallas-Fort Worth.

For Female Country Singers From Texas, There’s Something in the Water

For Female Country Singers From Texas, There’s Something in the Water

When Miranda Lambert won the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2022, it was the first time the honor has gone to a woman in over a decade—and only the ninth time ever.

The History of Glen Rose Can Be Told Through Its Prehistoric Petrified Wood

The History of Glen Rose Can Be Told Through Its Prehistoric Petrified Wood

Tucked along the meandering Paluxy River and among rugged, low-slung limestone cliffs, the village of Glen Rose has long attracted travelers as a natural wonderland.

Women Take Center Stage In Baylor University’s New Exhibition about Theater in Texas

Women Take Center Stage In Baylor University’s New Exhibition about Theater in Texas

Once described by a journalist as “a pint-sized whirlwind,” Waco theater manager and pianist Gussie Oscar was a force to be reckoned with.

Fort Worth’s Blind Alley Projects Kicks off Their 2022 Exhibition Schedule

Fort Worth’s Blind Alley Projects Kicks off Their 2022 Exhibition Schedule

Blind Alley Projects sits right off the street in a quiet residential neighborhood a few blocks north of the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District.

Baylor University Spreads the Gospel With New Music Archive and Listening Center

Baylor University Spreads the Gospel With New Music Archive and Listening Center

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.

With So Many New Barbecue Joints in Texas, Has Lockhart Lost its Luster?

With So Many New Barbecue Joints in Texas, Has Lockhart Lost its Luster?

Every year, various publications unveil a list of the best barbecue spots in Texas, and every year, these selfsame publications seem compelled to make the list more and more interesting.

When It Comes to Czech Culture, Abbott Native Lauren Gerik Takes the Kolache

When It Comes to Czech Culture, Abbott Native Lauren Gerik Takes the Kolache

Wilber, Nebraska, may call itself the “Czech Capital of the U.S.,” but the queen of Czech-American culture makes her home right here in Central Texas.

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