My Hometown

In Praise of Magnolia, the ‘Greatest Little Town’ in Texas

November 21, 2023 | By Meadow Chase

Reshaping the Town of Panhandle

October 24, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Find Artistic Inspiration in Smithville

September 19, 2023 | By May Cobb

Welcome to Van Horn, the Biggest Little Town in West Texas

August 22, 2023 | By Nicole Beckley

Welcome to Muenster, a Bastion of German Heritage

July 25, 2023 | By Christopher Collins

Saddle Up in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World

June 27, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

A New Chapter Is Unfolding in Greenville

May 30, 2023 | By Christopher Collins

Building Community in the East Texas Town of Athens

May 2, 2023 | By Regina L. Burns

A Decade After the Tragic Explosion, the Central Texas Town of West Rebuilds Community

March 28, 2023 | By Kathleen Kaska

The Natural and Cultural Treasures of Beeville

February 28, 2023 | By Heather Brand

Kaufman Honors Community, Service, and Hard Work

January 24, 2023 | By Regina L. Burns

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

December 29, 2022 | By Omar L. Gallaga

Find Exotic Animals and Hill Country Culture in the No-Stoplight Town of Harper

November 23, 2022 | By Heather Brand

Ross Blasingame Is Abilene’s Tricycle-Riding Beacon of Good Will

October 27, 2022 | By Regina L. Burns

A Hitchcock Native Preserves the Diverse History of the Texas Gulf Coast

September 29, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

The Texas State Railroad Powers the Small Town of Rusk

August 25, 2022 | By Heather Brand

A Self-Taught Woodworker Practices His Craft on the Gilmer Town Square

July 28, 2022 | By Gary Borders

My Hometown: Presidio Has Been a Frontier Crossroads For Centuries

June 30, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

The Good Life of Hoops and Ranching in Perryton

May 26, 2022 | By Jason Boyett

Generations of Texans Have Flocked to Concan for the Frio River and Neal’s Dining Room

April 28, 2022 | By Heather Brand

Pharmacist Lonnie Meredith Found a Calling and Community in Haskell

March 24, 2022 | By Russell A. Graves

Poteet Is Home to Sweet Strawberries and One of South Texas’ Most Popular Festivals

February 24, 2022 | By Omar Gallaga

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

January 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

El Campo’s Agricultural Abundance on the Coastal Prairie

December 23, 2021 | By Heather Brand

Find a Spring-Fed Pool and Frontier History at Fort Clark and Bracketville

November 24, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

Hemphill in East Texas Offers Outdoor Adventures in a Close-Knit Community

October 28, 2021 | By Heather Brand

The Musical Legacy of Crockett Didn’t End With Lightnin’ Hopkins

September 23, 2021 | By Heather Brand

My Hometown: The Panhandle Town of Childress is a Rancher’s Paradise

August 26, 2021 | By Russell A. Graves

My Hometown: College Sweethearts Serve Up Tex-Mex Comfort in Leakey

July 29, 2021 | By Omar L. Gallaga

My Hometown: Sam Rayburn Is Still the Pride of Bonham in East Texas

June 24, 2021 | By Russell A. Graves

Nederland Pays Tribute to Its Dutch and Cajun Ancestry

May 27, 2021 | By Heather Brand

Why San Benito Is the ‘Center of the Universe’

April 29, 2021 | By Michael Rodriguez

The San Marcos River Brings Life to Martindale

March 25, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

On Top of the World—or at Least the Edwards Plateau—in Rocksprings

February 25, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

The Panhandle Community of Abernathy Is a Little Slice of Heaven

January 28, 2021 | By Jason Boyett

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

December 24, 2020 | By Regina L. Burns

My Hometown: San Augustine’s Architectural Gems Celebrate the Town’s History

October 29, 2020 | By Gary Borders

My Hometown: Jacob Janda Preserves History and Memories in Giddings With Custom Gravestones

September 24, 2020 | By Lisa Bubert

My Hometown: Musician Justin Treviño Finds the Heart of Hardcore Country in Brady

August 27, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

My Hometown: Wenzel’s LoneStar Meat Co. in Hamilton Beckons You to Bite its (Pork) Butt

July 30, 2020 | By John Lumpkin

My Hometown: Resilient Rockport-Fulton Restaurants Put Community First During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 25, 2020 | By Julia Jones

My Hometown: Remembering Goliad, Beyond the Texas Revolution

May 28, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

My Hometown: Henderson Holds Tightly to Its History

April 30, 2020 | By John Lumpkin

Find Dominos, Fiddles, Catfish, and Kolaches in Hallettsville

March 26, 2020 | By Matt Joyce

My Hometown: The Epic Love Story Behind one of Texas’ First Freedom Colonies

January 30, 2020 | By David Montgomery

Finding a Home on the Range in the Panhandle Town of Channing

December 27, 2019 | By Jason Boyett

My Hometown: Bay City, agricultural town on the Bay Prairie

November 27, 2019 | By Heather Brand

My Hometown: A New Frontier of the Old West in Dell City

October 31, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Andrew Stuart is the poster boy for the “next best place.” Raised in Austin, Stuart lived on both coasts before falling in love with West Texas. He spent two years as a reporter for the now-defunct Desert-Mountain Times in Alpine and three years as the news director at Marfa Public Radio. In 2009, he moved to Dell City, a Chihuahuan Desert farming community with little but a mercantile, a gas station, and two cafés. It’s a place once described by The New York Times as a “borderline ghost town.” But factor in the Guadalupe Mountains—the area’s primary tourist attraction, rising 20 miles to the east—and the feeling that you’re out in the middle of nowhere, and it’s easy to see Stuart, 44, has found his place. “I knew I wanted to live in the desert by myself, a go-west-and-reinvent-yourself kind of thing,” he explains one morning over breakfast tacos at Spanish Angels Café. “The writer Marilynne Robinson said, ‘Out west, lonesome is a positive.’”

My Hometown: Rooted In the Railroad and Blues Music, Navasota Chugs With Cultural Vibrancy

September 30, 2019 | By Heather Brand

Navasota has long stoked history buffs’ imaginations. It was, after all, the area where historians believe French explorer Sieur de La Salle was murdered in 1687. Then, as a 19th-century railhead on the Navasota River, the town bustled with both commerce and unsavory characters with little regard for the law.

My Hometown: A True-Blue Rangerette Explains Why There’s More to Kilgore Than Oil and the Drill Team

August 21, 2019 | By

“People automatically associate Kilgore with oil and Rangerettes,” says Shelley Wayne, who should know. Wayne’s husband works in the petrochemical business, her daughter was a Rangerette, and Wayne herself was a member of Kilgore College’s world-famous drill team before becoming its choreographer. But she adds, “There is much more to this town.” Founded in 1872 by the Great Northern Railroad, Kilgore changed dramatically with the discovery of oil in 1930. Derricks soon crowded downtown, comprising the “World’s Richest Acre”—today a collection of restored derricks along a manicured downtown strip.

My Hometown: A Weslaco Native on the Bicultural Beauty of His Rio Grande Valley Burg

July 10, 2019 | By Cynthia J. Drake

A stroll through downtown Weslaco feels like a visit to a bygone era, when
department stores and hardware shops in Spanish colonial buildings lined the streets. Founded in 1919, Weslaco grew into a farming hub, famous as the home of the ruby red grapefruit and 1015 onion. The same mild climate that attracted farmers makes Weslaco a hotspot today for winter Texans—typically retirees from cold climates—and birders, who come to see Rio Grande Valley specialties like the green jay. When the town slows down in the summer, locals refresh with icy raspas and beach trips to nearby South Padre Island.

My Hometown: Luther Hotel Innkeeper Jack Findley Talks History and Having Fun on Tres Palacios Bay

June 10, 2019 | By Heather Brand

At the historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, proprietor Jack Findley often mingles with guests on the front porch overlooking Matagorda Bay. Findley’s path to Palacios was circuitous.

My Hometown: Take a Tour of Decatur with Longtime Newspaper Publishers Roy and Jeannine Eaton

April 23, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

Roy Eaton’s earliest memory of the Wise County Messenger was his parents eagerly awaiting its Thursday delivery during World War II for news about local servicemen. “Many were our friends and neighbors,” recalls Roy, who would leave the family ranch near Decatur for college, become a TV news anchor in Fort Worth, marry his high school sweetheart, Jeannine Eaton, and return with her in 1973 to buy the weekly newspaper his parents read.

My Hometown: Donna Painter-Based Gabriel Salazar Talks About His Love for the Rio Grande Valley

March 21, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

Landscape painter Gabriel Salazar has long been inspired by the lush fields of citrus and palms surrounding Donna. As a boy, with the help of his father’s American employer, Salazar immigrated to this Rio Grande Valley town from a small community near Monterrey,

My Hometown: Artist Lindy Chambers Finds Inspiration Along the Backroads of Bellville

March 1, 2019 | By Cynthia J. Drake

When Lindy Chambers drives along the backroads of her hometown of Bellville, she often pulls over to take photos of dilapidated trailer homes or to collect the detritus that many people would pass off as junk—later to be resurrected in her artwork. A self-taught oil painter and sculptor known for colorful depictions of country life, Chambers moved from Hockley to this historic seat of Austin County about 20 years ago.

My Hometown: Born of Turbulent Times, Mason Today Offers Hill Country Peace and Charm

January 29, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

When writer and historian Scott Zesch walks through the central square of Mason, everybody he meets has something to say, a question to ask, or a handshake to offer. You’re likely to be a familiar fellow around town when your great-great grandfather settled in the area from Germany in the mid-1850s, you went to Mason High School, and you’re known for throwing rollicking chili parties. First settled as a fort in 1851, Mason formed as a community of Old World settlers scratching out a new life in harsh Comanche country. Zesch brings this history to life in his award-winning book, The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier, which chronicles the lives of nine kidnapped children, including his great-great-great uncle Adolph Korn. Here Zesch, who lives on his nearby family ranch with his wife, Amelia, muses on Mason’s past and present.

My Hometown: ‘Unofficial Ambassador’ Faye Landham Dishes on Granbury’s Charms

December 19, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

During karaoke night at D’Vine Wine on the Granbury Square, Faye Landham works the crowd. Amid off-key singing and wine-fueled laughter, Landham, a regular at this lively gathering, greets friends and strangers alike with the latest town news and happenings. It quickly becomes clear why Landham is known around Granbury as an “unofficial ambassador.”

My Hometown: Southwestern History Runs Deep in the Border Town of San Elizario

November 28, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

Explore the adobe streets of this colonial Spanish presidio town with artist and history buff Al Borrego. As he guides walking tours of San Elizario, Al Borrego paints a vivid picture of the town’s 400 years of borderland adventure and enterprise.

On Main Street, Borrego describes the day in 1598 when explorer Juan de Oñate marched through with an expedition of 500 colonists. Outside the immaculate San Elizario presidio chapel, Borrego explains how the community was actually south of the Rio Grande until an 1829 flood realigned the river.

My Hometown: Explore San Felipe with the Town Mayor, a Descendant of a Slave from the Days of Stephen F. Austin’s First Colony

October 25, 2018 | By

San Felipe, the hub of Stephen F. Austin’s original colony, may be the most historically significant Texas town you’ve never heard of. But that’s understandable: In 1836, residents burned San Felipe to the ground to keep it from the hands of the advancing Mexican army after the fall of the Alamo. The entire town—homes, taverns, one of the earliest print shops in Texas—was left in ashes, and few of its citizens returned.

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