The Rise of San Angelo

July 25, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

Photographer M.C. Ragsdale, who took this photo of San Angelo with the newly built Tom Green County Courthouse in the background, found his photography business taking off in tandem with the nascent town.

The Lost History of Texas Granite that Never Made it to the Capitol

July 20, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

The Texas Capitol is famous for the sunset red granite that gives the building its pinkish exterior, but few know that stray capitol building blocks can still be found scattered along the old railway that brought the rock to Austin.

Big Bend’s Oldest Surviving Adobe Structure Gets a Makeover

May 26, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

Big Bend National Park’s craggy Chihuahuan Desert landscape may seem incongruous with the verdant and neatly organized crop rows of a farm.

Once the Tallest Span in the U.S., the Pecos High Bridge was a Nerve-Wracker

March 24, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Standing 320 feet above the Pecos River, the Pecos High Bridge was the tallest bridge in America when it opened in 1892 to improve the Southern Pacific Railroad’s route between El Paso and San Antonio.

Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price


Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.