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A Traditional Healer Searches the Texas Brush Country for Medicinal Plants

February 25, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Artist “Cimi” Alvarado Teaches History Through the Murals of El Segundo Barrio

November 27, 2019 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Experience “Amarillo Ramp”, a Seminal Work of Art, Before It Disappears

October 28, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

In 1973, when it was completed, Amarillo Ramp was a spiral pathway jutting into Tecovas Lake, an artificial body of water outside of Amarillo. It was comprised of sandstone found in the area, compacted to an ascending height of 15 feet, and measured 140 feet in diameter. Now, with the lake long since dried up, Amarillo Ramp amounts to a quirky, failing rock formation.

Historical Treasures Await on This Rarely Traveled Stretch of Big Bend’s River Road

September 30, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

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.

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em, Wind Turbines Have Altered the Landscape Across Vast Swaths of Texas

August 29, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

One of the great pleasures of roaming Texas roads is driving our scenic trails. Travel the Texas Brazos Trail, Forest Trail, Forts Trail, Hill Country Trail, Independence Trail, Lakes Trail—don’t forget the Mountain, Pecos, Plains, and Tropical trails—and you’ll see a whole lot of natural beauty.

Horse Racing, Ferris Wheels, Dancing—Find it All at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg

June 24, 2019 | By Gretchen M. Sanders

The fairgrounds draw horse racing fans from El Paso to Beaumont and Amarillo to McAllen. “People like watching the races here because they can get so close to the track,” says Billy Roeder, who recently retired after 28 years as a Gillespie County commissioner.

Sailors Test Their Endurance on the Annual Texas 200

May 23, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

This year marks the 12th edition of the Texas 200, a self-described “rolling messabout” up 200 miles of Lone Star coast June 10-14. Boats of all types and sizes, many built in garages, cruise in company through bays, cuts, and bayous and into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Find Everything from Fishing Tackle to Live Blues Music and Guest Cabins at the Bend General Store

June 26, 2018 | By Wes Ferguson

In the decade he operated Bad Bob’s, Fullerton nurtured a reputation for eccentricity and eclectic tastes. With steady business from anglers and Hill Country campers, he avoided the fate of so many of Texas’ old-time general stores that fell victim to declining rural populations and competition from chain stores. Plenty of mom-and-pop shops have cleared their shelves of quotidian wares like canned vegetables and rolls of toilet paper to make room for antiques and tchotchkes meant to tempt tourists. But Fullerton got by selling a little bit of everything from his modest cinder-block store: minnows and worms, groceries, coffee, hamburgers, children’s toys, fishing tackle, camping gear, and other stuff he’d accrued over time.

In the Tiny Town of Christoval, an Amazing West Texas Oasis Awaits You

April 25, 2018 | By Michael Barr

In bone-dry West Texas, water draws people together, and the cool, refreshing water of the South Concho once made Christoval, 20 miles south of San Angelo, a mecca for West Texans. In the early 20th century, Christoval—named for an early settler—had a hotel, mineral baths, a Baptist encampment that hosted thousands each summer, and an impressive artist colony. 

At This One-Stop Shop and Community Hub in Hunt You Can Hear Live Music, Pick up a Six-Pack, and Even Mail a Letter

April 24, 2018 | By

The Hill Country town of Hunt is a place of convergence—where the north and south forks of the Guadalupe River merge, and where residents rub elbows with out-of-towners at a local establishment that has stood the test of time.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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