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It’s a New Season for Fort Worth’s Abraham Alexander

February 2, 2024 | By Joe Nick Patoski

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, Abraham Alexander’s love song “Tears Run Dry” is filling the airwaves.” The track, which comes from his debut album, SEA/SONS, was inspired by the story of family friends celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Total Solar Eclipse by the Numbers

January 26, 2024 | By Asher Elbein

The Crescent Hotel in Fort Worth Is a Work of Art

January 16, 2024 | By John Lumpkin

Bathed in ambient light, an imposing 3D relief greets visitors behind the front desk as they enter the new Crescent Hotel on Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Where to Stay in 2024: Dallas/Fort Worth and North Texas

January 2, 2024 | By

Remembering Fort Worth’s Caravan of Dreams

October 27, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Forty years ago, a most unusual performance and arts space opened its doors in downtown Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Author Jeff Guinn Has a Thing for Madmen

May 30, 2023 | By Sarah Hepola

Jeff Guinn looks like a benevolent uncle as he sits in the leather booth of Paris Coffee Shop, a historic diner in his longtime home of Fort Worth.

Tommy’s Hamburgers

April 25, 2023 | By Texas Highways Promotions

The Real Locations That Inspired Larry McMurtry’s ‘Lonesome Dove’

April 24, 2023 | By Ariel Slick

Of all the quintessentially Texan books, Lonesome Dove ranks right up there. And while most readers are familiar with its iconic descriptions of the dusty land, many may not know the local spots that gave author Larry McMurtry the inspiration to write his historical epic.

The Kimbell Art Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Shining Natural Light on International Art

January 24, 2023 | By Fowzia Karimi

There Has Never Been a Better Time To Be a TCU Fan

January 6, 2023 | By John Lumpkin

This week’s question for Texas college football fans: Will it be the traditional chant for the Texas Christian University football team, “Go Frogs”?

Decatur’s LBJ Grasslands Are a Paradise for Nature Lovers

December 29, 2022 | By Amanda Ogle

Meandering down a dirt path surrounded by native prairie all around, I feel calm as leaves crunch under my feet and grassland unfolds in front of me.

The Daytripper Chet Garner Explores Multifaceted Fort Worth

December 29, 2022 | By Chet Garner

Fort Worth earned its primary nickname, “Cowtown,” during the glory days of cowboys and cattle drives.

‘Where Independence Begins’ Guides the Lighthouse for the Blind

December 29, 2022 | By Mary Beth Gahan

The first rule of viewing art is almost always “do not touch.” But the mural adorning the building housing Lighthouse for the Blind is purposely designed to be explored by hand.

How Fort Worth’s Dickies Went from Work Wear to Fashion Trend

October 27, 2022 | By Andrea Luttrell

When I was growing up in and around Fort Worth, Dickies was ubiquitous. Eating biscuits and gravy on Saturdays at the Bronco Café in my then-small hometown of Mansfield, I’d watch local ranchers and farmers clad in Dickies pants and dirt-covered boots read the local paper over coffee.

There’s Never Been A Better Time to Visit Fort Worth

September 29, 2022 | By Sarah Hepola

After Dark at the Fort Worth Stockyards

September 29, 2022 | By

History and Ghost Stories Abound at Barber’s—Texas’ Oldest Indie Bookstore

July 6, 2022 | By Stacy Bogle

When Bert and Alice Barber opened their downtown Fort Worth bookstore in 1925, they were just two high school sweethearts from Nebraska with a dream to own their own business.

Three Danes Baking Company Finds a New Audience For Old World Treats

June 30, 2022 | By June Naylor

After a Pandemic Hiatus, the Popular Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Returns

March 24, 2022 | By Celestina Blok

After a two-year hiatus, Fort Worth’s largest food festival is back.
Nearly 7,000 food lovers will gather over four days and three nights to celebrate Cowtown’s thriving culinary scene during the seventh edition of the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, taking place March 31-April 3.

Cookbook Historian Toni Tipton-Martin Highlights the Contributions of Black Cooks in American Food History

March 24, 2022 | By Ellen Sweets

When speaking at events, Toni Tipton-Martin engages her audiences with historical images depicting African American women cooks, many of them demeaning “mammy” stereotypes.

Fort Worth-Based Best Maid Is a Really Big Dill

January 27, 2022 | By Andrea Luttrell

Fort Worth’s I.M. Terrell High School Has a Legacy of Inspiring Jazz Standouts

January 27, 2022 | By Michael Corcoran

Artist Sedrick Huckaby’s New ‘Museum’ Aims to Bring Art to Fort Worth’s Polytechnic Heights

January 27, 2022 | By Jonny Auping

Artist Sedrick Huckaby has been hard at work transforming the 120-year-old Fort Worth house of his late grandmother—known affectionately as “Big Momma”—into a collaborative, multipurpose art space.

Exploring the New Fort Worth With Magnolia Network Host Jonathan Morris

October 28, 2021 | By June Naylor

In the decade he’s called Fort Worth home, Jonathan Morris has fashioned enough new roles for himself to make most of us a little breathless.

A Fort Worth Chef Chronicles the Pandemic Lockdown Through a Restaurant Industry Lens

October 18, 2021 | By By Celestina Blok

In his new book, Carry Out, Carry On: A Year in the Life of a Texas Chef, Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell shares his journey as a restaurateur during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fort Worth Filmmaker Chyna Robinson Shines a Light on Domestic Abuse

September 23, 2021 | By Clayton Maxwell

Filmmaker Chyna Robinson is on a roll. Her debut feature film, No Ordinary Love, was released in June and is circling the globe on streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

The Daytripper Visits the Inspiration for ‘Lonesome Dove’ in Graham

August 26, 2021 | By Chet Garner

Most travelers are familiar with the Hill Country located west of Austin, but many don’t know about the second, hidden hill country that lies west of Fort Worth.

The Roots of Music Concert Series Kicks Off This Week in Fort Worth

June 3, 2021 | By Alex Temblador

While Fort Worth is famous for its country music, New Orleans-based jazz drummer Adonis Rose is determined to bring different genres of music to Cowtown. 

Craft Barbecue is Taking Over Texas’ Suburbs

April 29, 2021 | By Amanda Ogle

Fort Worth’s Hao & Dixya Share Their Cultures Through Virtual Cooking Classes

February 25, 2021 | By June Naylor

In the refrigerated section of Fort Worth food market The Table sits a powerful testament to friendship.

Funky Town Fridge Is Helping Fort Worth Fight Food Insecurity

December 15, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

In Fort Worth’s Southside neighborhood sits a refrigerator painted with an image of a smiling woman holding a bowl of fruit. This refrigerator and an adjacent pantry are stocked with produce, canned goods, water, and other items free for the taking. The resource is part of Funky Town Fridge, a community fridge that was set up in late September by Fort Worth resident Kendra Richardson. 

Find Serenity on a Tour of Fort Worth Public Artworks

December 1, 2020 | By June Naylor

Known for its Western heritage and collection of world-class museums, Fort Worth boasts a hefty roster of public sculpture and murals.

The Story Behind Fort Worth Chef Tim Love’s Restaurant Empire

October 29, 2020 | By June Naylor

Q&A: Writer-Director Channing Godfrey Peoples Talks Her Debut Film, “Miss Juneteenth”

June 18, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

We spoke with Peoples to learn more about the process of creating “Miss Juneteenth,” bringing a film crew to Southside Fort Worth, and how the holiday is viewed today.

Fort Worth-based Mrs. Renfro’s Celebrates 80 Years of Saucy Success

May 28, 2020 | By June Naylor

Artist Mark Dion Travels and Discovers Texas in a New Documentary on Amazon Prime

May 27, 2020 | By June Naylor

When the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed the doors of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, it also prematurely shuttered the museum’s new exhibit, The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion. Luckily, a documentary of the same name about the creation of the exhibit is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

A Fort Worth Musician Picks up His Camera to Make ‘Porchraits’ of People in Front of Their Homes

April 8, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

A new exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum celebrates the avian works of the Gentling brothers

March 26, 2020 | By Amanda Eyre Ward

Musical Savant T Bone Burnett Stakes His Claim to Fort Worth

February 16, 2020 | By Michael Corcoran

The City of Fort Worth has bestowed upon St. Louis Avenue the honorary name T Bone Burnett Boulevard, after the iconic music producer behind the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?

You Say You’ve Never Been to a Rodeo?

December 27, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

A New Book Showcases Photographer Brothers of Old Fort Worth

December 16, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

You’ve probably seen the photo: The infamous Wild Bunch, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, spiffed up for a photographer and staring into the camera.

Winter Getaway: New Energy and Classic Cowtown Converge in Fort Worth

November 27, 2019 | By June Naylor

Q&A with Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Whiskey Scientist Ale Ochoa

November 15, 2019 | By Alex Temblador

As a whiskey scientist at Fort Worth’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., 26-year-old Ale Ochoa spends her days sampling and quantifying the aromas and flavors of whiskey.

Vintage: High School Homecoming Heritage in Fort Worth

September 30, 2019 | By

Fort Worth photographer Calvin Littlejohn (1909-93) captured this Friday night scene, complete with traditional homecoming mums, at I.M. Terrell High School. The school opened in 1882 as Fort Worth’s first black school under segregation and operates today as the I.M. Terrell Academy.

A Masterpiece in the Heartland: New Book Tells the Story of Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum

September 27, 2019 | By June Naylor

In ‘Of the First Class: A History of the Kimbell Art Museum,’ author Tim Madigan chronicles the beginnings of one of the nation’s great art museums in what was then an unexpected place, Fort Worth

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth Reopens with New Exhibits After a Yearlong Renovation

September 13, 2019 | By June Naylor

Andrew Walker, the museum’s executive director, says the renovation is about “reinvigorating the love between the original, familiar sensibilities of the Philip Johnson building with the building added in 2001” and enriching “the relationship of the Amon Carter Museum to all of American art.”

Milton Brown, Bob Wills, and the Fort Worth Origins of One of Texas’ Most Beloved Musical Styles

August 29, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

Western swing was born about 4 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth at the Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion, although you wouldn’t know it when driving past the now-empty lot near the West Fork of the Trinity River. In the early 1930s, the cavernous pavilion drew hundreds for the “hillbilly jazz” of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies. While the venue burned down in 1966, Western swing is still going strong—a style that’s among the most recognizable roots of Texas music.

On the Magic of a Hotel Bar

August 29, 2019 | By Michael J. Mooney

Sedrick Huckaby Makes Art for the People: From the Streets of Poly to a U.S. President

July 31, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

Sedrick Huckaby is a Big Momma’s boy. The Fort Worth contemporary artist is devoted to the spirit of his late grandmother, Hallie Beatrice Carpenter, or “Big Momma,” and finds inspiration in her century-old home. Located in Fort Worth’s Polytechnic Heights neighborhood, or Poly to locals, the house’s raw shiplap walls are adorned with Huckaby’s paintings of family and neighbors. Huckaby creates works here, but next
year the space will take on new life when Huckaby opens it as a project space for artists, tentatively called Big Momma’s House.

Pendery’s in Fort Worth Has Been Creating Exotic Spices and Chile Blends for 150 Years

July 24, 2019 | By Susan L. Ebert

Step beneath the top hat logo gracing the dormer over the front porch of Pendery’s World of Chiles and Spices in Fort Worth, close your eyes, and breathe deep: Intermingled fragrances from exotic lands flood your olfactories—perfumed Sri Lankan cinnamon; pungent Iranian cumin; sultry Jamaican allspice; smoky Spanish paprika; and chiles, lots and lots of chiles.

In Fort Worth, See Intimate Portraits of Rock and Art Icons Through the Lens of Kate Simon

July 18, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

Fort Works Art presents ‘Chaos and Cosmos,’ the first major retrospective of the prominent rock photographer. With their mood of ease and play, Simon’s portraits make you feel like you are a lucky witness to one very cool personal photo album.

This June’s Texas Dance Hall Tour Showcases DFW Halls

May 29, 2019 | By Paula Disbrowe

Chances are you’ve spotted an old dance hall while cruising the backroads of Texas. At first glance, the large weathered structures of corrugated metal and sun-bleached wood may appear abandoned. Even their names—Tin Hall Wallis, Martinez Lodge, Farmer’s Daughter—are reminders of another era. But for music lovers who spend their weekends swinging in pearl snaps and ruffled dresses, historic Texas dance halls are cathedrals of culture, enchanted refuges from weekday demands.

New Exhibits Debut at National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth

May 7, 2019 | By June Naylor

New exhibits at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame extend the Fort Worth institution’s examination of the enduring bond between women, horses, and the West with displays touching on subjects as diverse as the fantasy royalties of Nashville country music and Game of Thrones.

Indie Record Stores Are Turning the Tables on Texas Music Sales

March 28, 2019 | By Gene Fowler

For some time now, prognosticators have been predicting the total demise of records—you know, the old-fashioned discs that play musical sound—as well as the brick-and-mortar establishments that sell them. And yes, it’s true that CD sales are down, and more than a few record stores have shut their doors. But there’s good news for those of us who can’t imagine life without flipping through bins, admiring the physical objects for their creative covers, and listening to the tunes imprinted in their grooves.

Fort Worth Makes List of ‘Underappreciated’ Cities to Visit

January 22, 2019 | By TH Staff

We wouldn’t exactly call Fort Worth “underappreciated.” With its cowboy culture and world-class museums, hotels, and other urban attractions, the state’s fifth-largest city has long been a top destination for Texans looking to cut loose (See 20 Things to Do: Fort Worth).

Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Concept Coming to Texas Bars

November 19, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

While most of us might be too old to sit on Santa’s lap, that doesn’t mean we’ve outgrown holiday merriment. For a warm glow within and without, make plans to stop by Miracle, a pop-up concept coming to five Texas bars this season. Miracle transforms watering holes in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Galveston into full-blown holiday wonderlands with nostalgic, kitschy décor and themed specialty cocktails Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. The concept debuted in New York City in 2014 and now has 80 locations internationally.

Passionate Chefs Make Boxed Sandwiches A Thing of the Past at These Fort Worth Museums

August 29, 2018 | By June Naylor

When chef Denise Shavandy walks into the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, she often wonders if she’s dreaming. Before she found her way to cooking, Shavandy considered other career paths that might have landed her in a place like this. Fortuitously, her job as executive chef of Café Modern, the museum’s restaurant, involves crafting beautiful food next to some of the most important art anywhere, inside a building created by one of the world’s foremost design talents.

Stay at the same storied Fort Worth hotel as Bonnie and Clyde

January 15, 2018 | By John Lumpkin

More than a century’s worth of time travel awaits guests at the Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth, which opened in 1907 at the fabled junction of  Main Street and Exchange Avenue.

Meet the Fort Worth Heroes Who Are Memorialized in the Stockyards Hotel

January 11, 2018 | By John Lumpkin

In our February issue story on the Stockyards Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, we made quick mention of names like Pawnee Bill, Booger Red, the Hunter brothers, all of whom memorialized in one way or another in the hotel: Lillie’s saddle is enshrined in the lobby; Privett’s biography is on the wall of Booger Red’s Saloon; and the adjacent H3 Ranch Live Hickory Wood Grill harkens back to the late 1800s and early 1900s’ era of the legendary Hunter brothers. 

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Drink Alongside Cowboys at this Historic Watering Hole in Fort Worth

October 15, 2017 | By June Naylor

When friends and family visit me in Fort Worth, they ask to see the real Cowtown.

Fort Worth’s Tokyo Trifecta of Japanese comfort food

September 18, 2017 | By June Naylor

Working as a dining critic and food writer for most of my career, I’ve been asked hundreds of times to name my favorite restaurant—an impossible task.

5 ways to celebrate Chisholm Trail’s 150th Anniversary

June 15, 2017 | By Robert Reid

Ever wanted to throw a birthday party for cowboys? This is your year. But be sure to have a cake big enough for 150 candles.

Saddle Up… and Say Cheese!

May 12, 2017 | By June Naylor

During Fort Worth’s rodeo season in January and February, I’m the most popular person in my family and circle of friends.

Trinity Tales

August 1, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

From my seat on the shaded patio at Woodshed Smokehouse, the view takes in a wall of leafy green trees and rippling water that glimmers in the sun.

Handsome Hides

August 1, 2016 | By Gene Fowler

Ensconced at his Ranch in British Columbia, Canada, legendary leather wizard Al Stohlman was focused on his leather craft.

Duded Up

June 20, 2016 | By Gene Fowler

Bucked off a bronc and knocked unconscious, Florence Hughes Randolph lay on a stretcher at the 1929 San Antonio Rodeo.

All Hail the Ale Trail

June 20, 2016 | By June Naylor

It’s a typical Saturday in Fort Worth, a weekly day of celebration among craft beer fans.

Grounds for Discovery

April 15, 2016 | By Sarah Angle

I was 35 when I went to Paris for the first time, which coincided with my first cup of coffee.

Lonesome Dove Revisited

February 10, 2016 | By Kathryn Jones

The six-hour miniseries Lonesome Dove first aired in February 1989 while I was taking an evening painting class in Fort Worth.

In the Bag

February 10, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

I do a lot of traveling and have developed a system over the years. I keep a kit packed with toiletries, a backpack stocked with such essentials as binoculars and sunscreen, and I carry my passport and emergency-contact information in a small case.

The City Insider

August 17, 2015 | By

Writers for Texas Highways cover a lot of ground. With more than a quarter-million square miles and some 3,000 communities in play (including six of the country’s most populated cities), we’ve got our work cut out for us.

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

July 13, 2015 | By

Find air-conditioned inspiration this August in the Fort Worth Cultural District, home of six world-class museums.

Righteously Refreshing

June 8, 2015 | By June Naylor

This is the most delicious thing I’ve had to drink at breakfast, or maybe ever,” says my friend Leslie, pointing to her tall glass filled with ice, fresh mint, a pineapple drinking vinegar, and seltzer water.

20 Things to Do: Fort Worth

April 17, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

For travelers seeking a combination of outdoors fun and big-city attractions, Fort Worth may be the ultimate getaway.

A Vintage Redux

March 18, 2015 | By June Naylor

At 6 p.m. on a Wednesday, I’m sitting with a good friend next to the cozy patio fireplace at Kent & Co.

Audubon’s Beasts

January 14, 2015 | By

The naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is best known for his effort to illustrate and catalog the breadth of America’s bird species. Later in life, he embarked on a similar project for mammals with his book Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, featuring hand-colored prints of creatures like bison, raccoons, and wolves.

Fort Worth’s Black Forest

October 14, 2014 | By Celestina Blok

I’m cutting through a slice of Black Forest Cake at Swiss Pastry Shop in Fort Worth, running my fork through the confection’s crispy, crackly layers of golden baked meringue, which are slathered with sweet whipped cream and heavily garnished with dark chocolate shavings and sprinkles.

An Aqueous Asylum

August 17, 2014 | By Steven Schwartzman

It’s the sound that captures most people’s attention: the roar of 10,500 gallons of water per minute hurtling down the four-story sides that surround the Active Water Pool at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Ten for $10 (or Less)

February 24, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Who doesn’t love a free weekend? By that I mean a weekend free of chores, meetings, errands, and to-do-list drudgery.

What’s New (and Old) in Fort Worth?

February 24, 2014 | By Margaret Shakespeare

In Fort Worth, savvy planners, designers, engineers, and others have stitched together new development, reinvented neighborhoods, and a refurbished city core into an architectural fabric that stretches back more than a century. Indeed, I recently visited Fort Worth to experience the new—particularly the revitalized Sundance Square Plaza and the highly anticipated Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum—but ended up discovering so much more.

Texas Top 40 No. 31, Dallas/Fort Worth

February 4, 2014 | By

Like fraternal twins with different personalities, the North Texas cities of Dallas and Fort Worth—roughly 30 miles apart by car or train—offer almost everything a traveler could want in an urban vacation, from outdoors adventures to art, history, fine dining, nightlife, and museums.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By

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Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

Texas to-do’s

December 29, 2012 | By Helen Bryant

Sometimes you can spy a whooper or two in the marsh through a free telescope on the refuge’s observation tower.

Fort Worth: How Now, Cowtown?

October 12, 2009 | By June Naylor

The face of Fort Worth’s Cultural District changes almost daily, it seems. If you haven’t seen the cluster of museums and surrounding environs for even a few months, you’d hardly recognize them now.

Track to the Future: Train Museums

October 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

A few blocks north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and its supporting cast of restaurants, wine bars, and plush hotels, the railroad still rolls into town much as it did in 1876, when the city became a major shipping point for livestock headed to northern markets.

Readers Recommend: January 2009

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Texas Highways readers are like our field reporters, so find out what these readers recommend.

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