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Mineral Wells’ “Home of Crazy” Sign Back After 62 Years

March 24, 2020 | By Gene Fowler

Back in the day—from 1933 to 1958—travelers on the Bankhead Highway were greeted with an unusual sign as they drove through the heart of Palo Pinto County’s biggest town.

100 Years After Women’s Suffrage, a Bullock Museum Exhibit Highlights Artifacts of the Era

March 13, 2020 | By Gene Fowler

The place is the Travis County Courthouse. The date is June 26, 1918. Dozens of women are standing on the courthouse steps, having just registered to vote for the first time in their lives.

The Death of Artist Bob ‘Daddy-O’ Wade Leaves a Texas-Size Hole in the Lone Star Art World

December 30, 2019 | By Gene Fowler

The Texas art world will greet 2020 with a Texas-size hole in its ranks. Artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade—best known for enormous artworks like the 35-foot cowboy boots in San Antonio’s North Star Mall parking lot and the 2,600-pound polyurethane iguana atop a building at the Fort Worth Zoo—died from heart disease in the wee hours of Christmas Eve.

Spanish Colonial Architecture Finds New Life in the Restored Custodian’s Cottage at Goliad State Park

December 27, 2019 | By By Gene Fowler

When Spaniards first blazed a trail from the Rio Grande to the Sabine in the late 1600s, they often followed long-established Native American pathways and trade routes.

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