The Cadillac of Barbecue Smokers Can Be Found in Lockhart

April 11, 2024 | By

Like finely tuned hot rods, the models gleam in the brightly lit showroom. While their designs and styles are all different—some feature shiny chrome that sparkles under the recessed lighting and others bear sturdy black paint and brass accents—they’re all here to inspire and catch fire.

From Lockhart to the Grand Ole Opry, One Chain Stitch at a Time

September 29, 2023 | By Addie Broyles

A former hairstylist uses an old-school machine to bring a nostalgic art form into the modern age

Bluegrass Music Is Alive and Well in Lockhart

September 8, 2023 | By Omar Gallaga

Step inside the new shop off Main Street, near the heart of Lockhart’s famous historic downtown square, and the first thing you notice, just past the guitars, is the large assortment of banjos.

For a New Outdoor Activity, Archery Hits the Bull’s-eye at Lockhart State Park

May 15, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Lockhart’s Library Is the Oldest in Texas Still in Its Original Building

April 6, 2022 | By S. Kirk Walsh

With So Many New Barbecue Joints in Texas, Has Lockhart Lost its Luster?

November 3, 2021 | By Tyler Stoddard Smith

Every year, various publications unveil a list of the best barbecue spots in Texas, and every year, these selfsame publications seem compelled to make the list more and more interesting.

After a Lost Year and a Postponement, Old Settler’s Music Festival Returns near Lockhart

October 12, 2021 | By By Joe Nick Patoski

The Little Festival That Could is coming back.
“We’re excited about getting the family back together,” Diana Harrell, director of the Old Settler’s Music Festival, says.

These 10 County Courthouses Show off the Beauty and History of Small-Town Texas

September 10, 2018 | By

Texas’ Historic County Courthouses shine with grandiosity and ambition. Often politically controversial because of their expense, courthouse projects in the 19th and early 20th centuries lasted years as counties selected architects and builders, quarried and imported materials, then painstakingly assembled the larger-than-life landmarks in the middle of town. It’s not hard to imagine a farmer stopping by a courthouse construction site to take in the scene, scratching his head at the columns, parapets, and towers rising from the prairie.

5 Music Fests Every Texan Should Attend

February 14, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

The big, expensive festivals touting electronic dance music, Radiohead, and Jay-Z get most of the media attention, but a number of more intimate Texas festivals have thrived without the hype.

A City Slicker Fulfills His Lifelong Dream of Riding a Horse

January 15, 2018 | By Gene Fowler

Maverick Horseback Riding in Lockhart offers a wide range of lessons and rides for all ages and levels of experience.

Chisholm Trail Roundup

May 1, 2017 | By

Lockhart’s Chisholm Trail Roundup is a western weekend 45 years in the making.

Lockhart Turns the Key

August 1, 2016 | By Veronica Meewes

Like most Texans, my main experiences with Lockhart have always revolved around barbecue, whether that meant a birthday brisket throwdown at Kreuz Market or a pit stop for Smitty’s Market sausage on the way back from the beach.

Texas Top 40 No. 29, Lockhart

February 7, 2014 | By

Named by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 as the Barbecue Capital of Texas, the Central Texas town of Lockhart lives up to the honor with some of the best-regarded ’cue joints in the state.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


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

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