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South Llano River State Park, a Treasured Hill Country Haven, is Getting a New Headquarters and Bridge
South Llano River State Park, a former goat and sheep ranch that’s now a beloved outdoors playground on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, is getting a new headquarters building, new low-water crossing bridge, and an amphitheater.
Take an Expert-Guided Tour of Galveston Architectural Treasures (Minus the Walking) During the Online Historic Homes Tour
For more than 80 years, the William and Mary Margaret Moody III House has been hiding in plain sight on Galveston’s Avenue T—a surprise considering the 1938 home fills almost an entire block in a city known for its obsession with historical architecture.
Drive west along Farm-to-Market Road 170 from the border town of Presidio, leaving all convenience stores and gas stations behind, and you’ll travel two slim lanes of humped, serpentine blacktop, its edges collapsing like desert crust. The road’s convolutions mirror the Rio Grande to the left but after just a few miles, the river’s water diminishes, occasionally disappearing altogether. In its place, dense mesquite thickets and catclaw thrive along its dry bed, a thorny border wall of its own making.
Instagram kindles wanderlust for millions around the globe, but it’s also increasingly denounced for spurring a bevy of bad behaviors in parks and natural environments.
Small quantities of a seaweed called sargassum wash ashore all year long. But every few years, beginning in April, the sargassum arrives en masse—a deluge of amber-colored stems, leaves, and tiny gas bladders that help the plants stay afloat (and pop when squeezed). This relatively unpredictable event seems to occur after huge blooms of sargassum in the Atlantic Ocean, some 2,000 or more miles away. While piles of sargassum might hinder swimming and sunbathing, they also provide opportunities for families and other beachcombers to find seahorses, strange shrimp, and other tiny creatures that hopped a ride to Texas.
Since its beginning in 1968 as the Texas Exhibits Hall for San Antonio’s HemisFair, the Institute of Texan Cultures has showcased the artifacts, photographs, and stories of diverse groups reflected in the state’s heritage, from Paleoindians to Polish-Americans.
Nearly 90 years ago, an advertisement ran in the Austin American-Statesman for a commemorative coin that would help fund the construction of a new museum to house the state’s great historic treasures.