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The Dixie Chicken Celebrates 50 Years in Aggieland

June 12, 2024 | By

Black Rodeos Are a Storied Texas Tradition

June 10, 2024 | By

Fifty Years of Cadillac Ranch

June 1, 2024 | By

The Heyday of Aquarena Springs

May 31, 2024 | By

The weirdest and most wonderful water park Texas has ever seen opened on Spring Lake in San Marcos in 1950.

Rescuing Texas’ Once Wild Horses

May 21, 2024 | By

Catch a Show at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Only Theater

May 17, 2024 | By

The only free-standing theater designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright ever built is located in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Hunting for Vinyl at the Largest Record Convention in the U.S.

April 9, 2024 | By

I swore I wasn’t going to buy anything at the Austin Record Convention, the biggest record sale and swap meet in North America.

Preserving Texas German in Its Final Days

March 14, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

The Top 50 Recordings in Texas History

March 7, 2024 | By Michael Corcoran

Capturing the Spirit of Townes Van Zandt in Fort Worth

March 6, 2024 | By Daniel Orr

It’s a blustery, dark, cold January day at an old cemetery in Dido. Were it not for the two Texas Historical Commission markers and the signage for the United Methodist Church, this ghost town 40 minutes northwest of downtown Fort Worth on the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake would be all but imperceptible to passersby.

History of the Trailblazer: How Texas Birthed the Modern Monorail

February 28, 2024 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

Texas is known for many inventions—Dr Pepper, Liquid Paper, the frozen margarita machine, and even silicone breast implants.

See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

February 19, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

The Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit Is Coming to Texas

February 7, 2024 | By Mary Beth Gahan

It doesn’t carry the name recognition of the Alamo, Nacogdoches, Goliad, or other key players in Texas’ history, but San Augustine in deep East Texas has plenty to boast about.

A Pittman Pilgrimage: Touring Texas’ First Practicing Black Architect’s Work

January 19, 2024 | By Alex Temblador

As I walked toward the Joshua Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Waxahachie, I noticed a blackbird on the roof fluffing its feathers.

When Texas Highways Became the Official Travel Magazine of Texas

January 19, 2024 | By Traces of Texas

Decades before Texas Highways became a public-facing travel magazine, it was known by the slightly less charming name Construction and Maintenance Bulletin, an internal publication for employees of the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation).

Editor’s Note: 50 Years on the Road

January 2, 2024 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Welcome to the 50th year of Texas Highways! As a staff, we’re honored to shepherd the magazine through this milestone year, one that would not be possible without loyal readers like you.

Revisiting the El Paso Haunts of Pancho Villa

November 21, 2023 | By

A Christmas Feast for San Antonio’s Newsboys

November 21, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

Thanks to the annual Newsboys’ Christmas Dinner in San Antonio, newsboy Gregorio Cortez was able to delight in a slice of pumpkin pie at the Alamo City’s Gunter Hotel on Dec.

Museum of the Big Bend’s Expansion Enters the World of Art

November 17, 2023 | By Pam LeBlanc

Step onto the patio that juts from the recently opened expansion of the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, and the spiny ridgeline of the Davis Mountains rises in the distance.

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.

The Bittersweet Legacy of Hereford’s POW Camp

October 24, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Reshaping the Town of Panhandle

October 24, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

‘Slinging’ Sammy Baugh’s Groundbreaking Football Career

September 19, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

“Slinging” Sammy Baugh, pictured here as quarterback for the Washington Redskins (now Commanders), embodied Texas toughness, tenacity, and loyalty.

The Onion Capital of North Texas Makes for a Potent Weekend Getaway

September 19, 2023 | By Sarah Thurmond

County Jail Museums Offer a Glimpse Into Texas’ Punitive Past

August 22, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

The Lasting Legacy of Willie’s Picnic

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

What Happened to the Wild Bunch, the Most Notorious Train Robbers in the Old West?

August 22, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

While the men pictured appear respectable, they were actually infamous outlaws—members of what was known as the Wild Bunch, the most notorious group of train robbers in the Old West.

Three Texas Freedom Colonies Illuminate Life After Emancipation

July 25, 2023 | By Michael Hurd

Prehistoric Rock Art Tells Cryptic Tales of Texas’ Past

July 25, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

Revisiting Tender Mercies, the Film That Put Waxahachie on the Map

July 25, 2023 | By Wes Ferguson

Welcome to Muenster, a Bastion of German Heritage

July 25, 2023 | By Christopher Collins

Retracing a Grandfather’s Footsteps in Big Bend

May 30, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

Texas Lighthouses Illuminate Maritime History Along the Coast

May 30, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Eat Like a Member of the Civilian Conservation Corps

May 2, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

Snake Farms Were Big Business in the 1900s Rio Grande Valley

March 28, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

Nobody knows what compelled Joe Guerrero to make his living handling rattlesnakes. But as this circa 1908 photo shows, that’s exactly what he did while working for Frank B.

Trot to Your Own Beat on a Weekend Getaway in Cuero

March 28, 2023 | By Anthony Head

Wander the Ruins of This 150-Year-Old Brewery in La Grange

March 28, 2023 | By Ruvani de Silva

Bobbie Nelson’s Grand Piano Finds a Home at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

February 28, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

A Local Boy’s Pioneering Efforts To Protect the Big Thicket in East Texas

February 28, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas is one of Earth’s most biodiverse regions, home to more than 4,300 documented species of plants, animals, and insects.

A Playful Day at Barton Springs in Austin

January 24, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

In 1837, settler William “Uncle Billy” Barton moved his family to a remote Hill Country creek near its confluence with the Colorado River.

The Curious Historical Trend of Photographing Children in Goat-Drawn Carts

December 29, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Given the ubiquity of cell phones today, it’s hard to believe photographers once carved out a living taking novelty pictures of kids in goat carts.

Fast-Growing New Braunfels Holds Onto Its German Heritage and River Recreation

December 29, 2022 | By Omar L. Gallaga

The Gault Site in Central Texas Reveals New Details About the Oldest North Americans

November 23, 2022 | By Kathryn Jones

The Tex-Mex Christmas Tradition of Tamales

November 23, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Stocking up to make tamales for the holidays, Maria Moreno stopped by a San Antonio shop to buy corn husks on Nov.

Big Bend’s Indomitable Prickly Plant Life

November 23, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

Remembering the Migration of Freed Slaves on the Emancipation Trail

October 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

The Comanche Trail in Big Bend Recalls a Bygone Era of Tribal Raids into Mexico

September 29, 2022 | By W.K. Stratton

The final months of summer were both the best and worst parts of the year in the Big Bend country during the mid-1800s.

What the Heck is a Ghost Town?

September 29, 2022 | By Scott Bedgood

A Look At Terlingua’s Chili Origins

September 29, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

The so-called Great Chili Confrontation started on Oct. 21, 1967, when journalists H. Allen Smith and Wick Fowler met in Terlingua for a cookoff to decide who could make the best chili.

El Paso Artist Tom Lea’s ‘Pass of the North’ Is an Enduring Tribute to His Homeland

August 25, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

El Paso native Tom Lea, born in 1907, wore many hats over his 93 years, among them muralist, illustrator, historian, novelist, and World War II artist correspondent.

In ‘The Last Karankawas,’ Kimberley Garza Highlights South Texas Communities Often Overlooked

August 15, 2022 | By By S. Kirk Walsh

Like many Texans, Kimberly Garza first heard about the Karankawa tribe during her seventh-grade Texas history class in Uvalde.

A Family Photo Depicts a Blacksmith Shop in Keller

July 28, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

 
With a population of close to 50,000, Keller is now a substantial Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, but it was a small rural community when this photo was taken in about 1915.

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.

Rinsing Wagons in the San Antonio River

June 30, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Though small by Texas standards, the San Antonio River has played an outsized role in the state’s history.

Find Dinosaur Tracks and Ax-Throwing on a Weekend Getaway to Glen Rose

June 30, 2022 | By Kathryn Jones

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.

The Hill Country Legacy of Old Tunnel State Park

April 28, 2022 | By John Davidson

How Prison Labor Helped Build the Texas Capitol in the 1880s

April 28, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Plans were already in the works for a new Texas Capitol when a fire burned its predecessor in 1881.

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.

The Cold War, Texas, and the Birth of Space City

March 24, 2022 | By Anthony Head

Editor’s Note: Ranching, Writing, and Cowdogs

February 24, 2022 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Like many Texans, John Erickson has strong ties to the land that reared him. Despite short stints in Denver and Boston during his college years, the beloved Texas author has lived in the Panhandle most of his life.

Kendleton in Fort Bend County Honors Its History as a Freedmen’s Town

January 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

Visit These 100-Year Old Texas Landmarks That Have Stood the Test of Time

November 25, 2021 | By

A Traveling Show Rolls into Small-Town Texas in 1921

November 24, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

Historian H.W. Brands Unravels Key Moments in American History

November 24, 2021 | By Matt Joyce

Ideas for new books bubble to the surface when historian H.W. Brands talks about his work.

Follow Texas’ Indigenous Roots Along El Camino Real de los Tejas

November 24, 2021 | By ire’ne lara silva

The French Legation in Austin Echoes With Wild Tales of Texas’ First Days as a Republic

November 24, 2021 | By James L. Haley

The Legacy of Blind Lemon Jefferson in Deep Ellum

November 24, 2021 | By Clayton Maxwell

Everything You Need to Know About Texas State Historical Markers

November 24, 2021 | By Julia Jones

The Alamosaurus Dwarfs Everything Else at the Perot Museum

November 24, 2021 | By Asher Elbein

The Church at the Heart of El Paso’s Segundo Barrio

November 24, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

A Visual History of Cowboys in Texas

November 17, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

The Old Nighthawk No. 2 in Austin

October 28, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

The Complicated History of Texas Revolutionary Hero Juan Seguín

September 23, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

The Evolution of the South Dallas Neighborhood

September 23, 2021 | By Robert Wilonsky

Vaqueros: The Original Cowboys of Texas

August 26, 2021 | By Katie Gutierrez

A Look at Small-Town Texas

August 23, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

A Nocturnal Motorist Stops for Gas at a San Augustine Sinclair Station in 1939

July 29, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

How The Last Picture Show Changed the World’s View of Small Town Texas

July 29, 2021 | By

Michael J. Mooney

The Magical Days of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos

July 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

Boaters Pose in Front of the Marble Falls Around 1900

June 24, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

Unveiling the Stories of Black State Senators in Post-Civil War Texas

June 24, 2021 | By Michael Hurd

The History of Juneteenth in Photos

June 18, 2021 | By

The Raising of Galveston After the 1900 Hurricane

May 27, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

The Tragic Tale of a 17th-Century French Colony’s Collapse

May 27, 2021 | By David Theis

Fredericksburg: A History

May 6, 2021 | By James L. Haley

175 Years of Fredericksburg in Photos

May 6, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

From Horses to Model Ts To Pick-up Trucks, The History of Texas Transportation

April 29, 2021 | By John Lumpkin

Looking Back on the Dedication of the LBJ Library 50 Years Ago

April 29, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

Galveston-Born Director King Vidor Was a Filmmaking Pioneer

March 25, 2021 | By Michael Corcoran

A Chili Queen Holds Court in 1904 San Antonio

March 25, 2021 | By Jac Darsnek, Traces of Texas

How Lucha Libre’s Mexican Style of Wrestling Unites Two Countries

February 25, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

The Queen of the Gulf: 5 Surprising Historical Facts About Galveston’s Iconic Hotel Galvez

February 1, 2021 | By Kathleen Maca

The Hotel Galvez cuts a dashing figure on the Galveston coastline, its Spanish Colonial-style façade turned to the Gulf of Mexico.

Corpus Christi’s First Hispanic Police Officer and His 1936 Buick Roadmaster

January 28, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

These Hot Rods Are Almost as Vibrant as the People Who Love Them

January 28, 2021 | By

3 Vintage Travel Guides That Ushered in Road Trip Culture

January 28, 2021 | By

Before GPS, publications like the ‘Blue Book,’ ‘Green Book,’ and WPA’s American Guide series guided travelers through Texas

The Little Known History of Texas’ Underground Railroad

January 28, 2021 | By Maya Payne Smart

My Hometown: A Historian Works to Preserve Black History in Palestine, Texas

December 24, 2020 | By Regina L. Burns

Will It Snow in Texas This Year? Let’s Examine the History

November 26, 2020 | By Julia Jones

A Piece of Lonesome Dove Lore is on Display at the Wittliff Collections

November 26, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

Behold the town of Lonesome Dove in its idea phase, before it became the set for the eponymous 1989 miniseries based on the book by Larry McMurtry.

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

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