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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.

7 Great Moments in Texas Thanksgiving Turkey History

November 23, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

Every year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey before Thanksgiving, protecting a lucky fowl from becoming the main course at someone’s dinner table.

The Licon Family Has Been Making Asadero Cheese in San Elizario for Four Generations

May 1, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

On the outskirts of the Spanish presidio town of San Elizario, Licon Dairy has been perfecting its signature cheese since the 1950s. That’s when Soltero and Isabela Martinez moved to the El Paso area from California, acquired a couple of dairy cows, and started selling asadero made from a family recipe, says Gene Licon, the third generation of his family to run the dairy.

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.

Borderland Yuletide: Christmas on the El Paso Mission Trail

November 18, 2014 | By

Parishioners spill out of the heavy wooden doors of San Elizario presidio chapel and into the village plaza.

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