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Beauty and the Beast: The Battle of the Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas

April 6, 2023 | By John Lumpkin

When the Texas Legislature focuses on bluebonnets, it can take unprecedented action, with our State Flower getting drawn into regional rivalries and larger political disputes.

The Golden Glow of Sunset and Prickly Poppies in the Hill Country

February 28, 2023 | By TH Staff

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Collectors Roll to Enchanted Rocks in Llano for Geological Rarities

August 4, 2020 | By Dale Weisman

Enchanted Rocks & Minerals on Llano’s historic courthouse square feels as timeless as the Precambrian rocks of the surrounding Llano Uplift.

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.

Paddling and Floating the Llano River Just Got Easier

February 14, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

The popular Llano River is a state-owned, navigable waterway over 100 miles long, but much of its riverfront property remains in private hands, creating accessibility challenges for anglers and paddlers who want to tackle its meandering course. Texas Parks and Wildlife has made getting onto the river a little easier by introducing four new public access points, with a fifth on the way, all available for fishing, floating, canoeing and kayaking.

All’s Well at Castell’s General Store near Llano

August 8, 2017 | By Michael Barr

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and mesquite smoke from the barbecue pit perfumes the Castell General Store, a weathered old building that houses a grocery business, café, and saloon.

Lure of Llano

March 11, 2015 | By E. Dan Klepper

Shades of an urban beat have finally arrived in Llano, a Hill Country community along the Llano River and the default capital of the Llano Uplift, the ancient dome of characteristic pink granite poking out of the Edwards Plateau.

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