Editor’s Note: To the Top

October 24, 2023 | By Emily Roberts Stone

The stories in this Panhandle special issue invalidate the stereotype of the region as a place you drive through on your way to somewhere else.

The Chapel on the Dunes Endures In Port Aransas

October 29, 2020 | By Sallie Lewis

One Artist’s Mission to Make Rankin the Most Painted Town in Texas

January 14, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Artist Matt Tumlinson has made it his mission to quite literally “paint the town” of Rankin, a West Texas community with a population of around 800.

The once-barren walls of Rankin, which lies in Upton County an hour south of Midland, are now decorated with Tumlinson’s quirky murals that often portray a Texan sense of humor.

One of his murals is of Willie Nelson painted in the style of Greek religious iconography. Another that’s “turned some heads,” as Tumlinson puts it, features two cowboys on horseback looking at a selfie stick. In another, John Wayne dressed a professor depicts his famous quote, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid,” as a graph on a chalkboard.

Murals add color to San Marcos

March 19, 2018 | By

Riverside town. Campus community. Historic springs. Mermaids and music.
If you thought San Marcos, you thought correctly.

San Antonio’s West Side murals celebrate Chicano culture

June 14, 2017 | By E. Dan Klepper

After crossing Alazan Creek via Guadalupe Street on San Antonio’s West Side, you’ll traverse a neighborhood characterized by locally run shops known as tienditas, pretty Catholic churches, 1920s shotgun homes, and the occasional turn-of-the-century Queen Anne ornamentation.

Exploring Graham

September 16, 2016 | By June Naylor

Traveling with a group of friends devoted to eating and exploring, I arrived in Graham on a sunny June day to attend the annual Food Truck Championship of Texas, which featured some four dozen trucks in heated competition.

The March 2024 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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