small towns

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.

Editor’s Note: Tall Tales

July 25, 2023 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Since we debuted our Open Road essay in the November 2018 issue, we’ve had the great fortune to feature some of the state’s brightest literary minds.

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

The Texas State Railroad Powers the Small Town of Rusk

August 25, 2022 | By Heather Brand

Texas Small Towns to Visit Now (From 2022)

July 28, 2022 | By

Editor’s Note: Deep in the Heart

July 28, 2022 | By Emily Roberts Stone

This issue marks the fourth consecutive year we have devoted our August edition to small town Texas.

The Stories Behind Texas’ Quirkiest Town Names

July 28, 2022 | By Amanda Ogle

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

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

November 24, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

A Look at Small-Town Texas

August 23, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

10 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 29, 2021 | By

From Bastrop to Port Isabel, these hamlets with fewer than 20,000 residents offer larger-than-expected fun …

The San Marcos River Brings Life to Martindale

March 25, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

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

August 27, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

Touchdown in These Four Lesser-Known Texas College Towns

July 30, 2020 | By Jason Boyett and Thomas Jones

It’s a Small-Town World, After All

July 30, 2020 | By

Small-Town Dispatches: Sleepy Marathon Quieter Than Ever During COVID-19

April 7, 2020 | By E. Dan Klepper

Although it’s a spring morning in Marathon, gateway to the Big Bend, it looks more like a hot midsummer’s afternoon—vacant sidewalks, shuttered shops, and empty streets.

Small-Town Dispatches: How Two Texas Small Towns Are Taking Care of Their Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27, 2020 | By June Naylor

It’s unusually quiet in Bandera, known as the Cowboy Capital of the World.

15 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 31, 2019 | By

There was a time when most Texans lived over yonder. But over the past century, the percentage of Texans living in rural areas versus urban areas flipped: Today, 85 percent of us live in cities, while only 15 percent live in the country, according to the Texas Demographic Center.

Here’s How We Picked Our 15 Small Towns to Visit Now

July 24, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

Our aim was not to present a definitive ranking of best small towns (that would take us years to agree on) but a collection of under-the-radar places that are forging new identities through revitalization, reinvention, or recovery from big setbacks. We wanted our list to inspire discovery, so we skipped the small towns that already have well-established claims to fame—Lockhart for barbecue, Round Top for antiques, Fredericksburg for wine and peaches, Bandera for cowboy culture.

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