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Looking for a Saloon? Bandera’s Historic 11th Street Cowboy Bar Is For Sale

Looking for a Saloon? Bandera’s Historic 11th Street Cowboy Bar Is For Sale

The owner of one of the Lone Star State’s most famous country western bars has put the venue up for sale.

Texas Highways Exclusive: The Captured Malaquite Beach Gator Tells All

Texas Highways Exclusive: The Captured Malaquite Beach Gator Tells All

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On Monday, National Park Service rangers encountered a live alligator on Malaquite Beach, just south of Corpus Christi.

15 Years After Katrina, Transplanted Cajuns Call Texas Home

15 Years After Katrina, Transplanted Cajuns Call Texas Home

On August 28, 2005, I was a little girl sitting in the back seat for the longest road trip of my life.

50 Years After JFK’s Moonshot, Historian Douglas Brinkley Recounts Its Lasting Influence on Texas

50 Years After JFK’s Moonshot, Historian Douglas Brinkley Recounts Its Lasting Influence on Texas

Rice University professor of history, CNN presidential historian, and perennial bestselling author Douglas Brinkley takes us to the moon this summer with his newest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Released in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in July 1969, Brinkley’s historical page-turner brings to life the personalities and interplaying forces that made this American triumph possible.

Escape to the Mother Lagoon for a Quiet Coastal Getaway

Escape to the Mother Lagoon for a Quiet Coastal Getaway

There are few places in and around Texas where the visible fish—plus dolphins, peregrine falcons, and brilliant-pink roseate spoonbills—outnumber the people viewing them. The Laguna Madre is one of those places, the only body of water in the state that truly qualifies as extreme.

For Presidio, the ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Is a Fine Place to Be

For Presidio, the ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Is a Fine Place to Be

Big Bend wanderers, celebrities drifting down from Marfa, and other end-of-the-liners have officially discovered the border town of Presidio. They’re late by about eight centuries, though: People have lived for so long at the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos that the valley surrounding Presidio is thought to be the oldest continually cultivated farmland in Texas, if not the United States.

“It’s funny,” says John Ferguson, the mayor of this dusty town 60 miles south of Marfa. “Presidio is the oldest town anywhere in the entire Big Bend area, but so little of our history is truly known, even to those of us who live right here on top of it.”

The Point in Palacios

The Point in Palacios

When you visit Palacios, Texas, chances are, you’re going to stop in at The Point. A convenience store located prominently at the juncture between 1st Street and East Bay Boulevard, The Point’s neon green sign and bright red tagline reading “Beer-Ice-Bait-Tackle-Grocery-Lottery,” is hard to miss.

Pho-nomenal

Pho-nomenal

About 10 miles north of the town of Palacios and Matagorda Bay, the scenery along Texas 35 begins to change.

Something Wild

Something Wild

Sure, it’s fun to hand-feed giraffes through the sunroof, but there are other important reasons why Texas drive-through wildlife parks matter.

Almost.

Almost.

Bison graze just beyond the main road as we enter Caprock Canyons State Park northeast of Lubbock.

New Finds, Old Faves

New Finds, Old Faves

It’s getting tough to spend the day in Fredericksburg. After enjoying numerous day-trips to this Central Texas town, I realized during my most recent visit that Fredericksburg’s attractions—both the new and the venerable—have become so numerous that one day just doesn’t cut it anymore.

New Year’s Cheer

New Year’s Cheer

One of the largest free events in Texas—Celebrate San Antonio—happens on New Year’s Eve downtown in the Alamo City.

Shifting Sands of Monahans

Shifting Sands of Monahans

When cartoonist friend Roger T. Moore, a West Texan with a sense of humor as big as one of the dozens of wind turbines looking down on his ranch, told me that the largest oak forest in North America covers some 40,000 acres near Monahans, it sounded like a setup.

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