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See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

February 19, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

The Original Texans

November 21, 2023 | By Kathryn Jones

Tonkawa Creek spills over time-worn rocky bluffs and splashes into a clear blue-green pool at Tonkawa Falls City Park in Crawford, a half-hour west of Waco.

The Bittersweet Legacy of Hereford’s POW Camp

October 24, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Houston’s Classical Music Scene Hits All the Right Notes

September 19, 2023 | By Jennifer Stewart

On a Saturday evening in Houston’s west end, hundreds of Indian classical music enthusiasts gather in the Auditorium at the Houston Durga Bari Society.

The Lasting Legacy of Willie’s Picnic

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Three Texas Freedom Colonies Illuminate Life After Emancipation

July 25, 2023 | By Michael Hurd

The Fate of Jacob’s Well Remains Uncertain

June 27, 2023 | By Ian Dille

How Three Men in Wheelchairs Summited Guadalupe Peak in the Early 1980s

May 30, 2023 | By Andrew Stuart

How Longhorn Cavern Was Carved by Hand

May 2, 2023 | By Bobby Alemán

What the Heck Is Cattalo?

March 28, 2023 | By Mary Beth Gahan

The Comanche Trail in Big Bend Recalls a Bygone Era of Tribal Raids into Mexico

September 29, 2022 | By W.K. Stratton

The final months of summer were both the best and worst parts of the year in the Big Bend country during the mid-1800s.

Shumla Treks Offer a Revealing Look at the Ancient Rock Art of Southwest Texas

July 28, 2022 | By Pam LeBlanc

The Hill Country Legacy of Old Tunnel State Park

April 28, 2022 | By John Davidson

The New Reality of Destructive Wildfires in the Texas Panhandle

February 24, 2022 | By John R. Erickson

The French Legation in Austin Echoes With Wild Tales of Texas’ First Days as a Republic

November 24, 2021 | By James L. Haley

The Complicated History of Texas Revolutionary Hero Juan Seguín

September 23, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Cowboy Poets Immortalize Texas Ranching Life

August 26, 2021 | By Andy Hedges

The Magical Days of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos

July 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

The Tragic Tale of a 17th-Century French Colony’s Collapse

May 27, 2021 | By David Theis

The Little Known History of Texas’ Underground Railroad

January 28, 2021 | By Maya Payne Smart

Ballad Hunters Alan and John Lomax Preserved the Work of Little-Known Musicians

September 24, 2020 | By Michael Corcoran

The Texas League Takes the Field for the State’s Oldest Circuit of Pro Baseball

May 28, 2020 | By Andy Rhodes

Four musicians sound off on the creative inspiration of the Lone Star State

March 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

A Texas Panhandle Museum Explores the Wire that Tamed the American West

February 27, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Preserving the Legacy of Rosenwald Schools in Texas

January 30, 2020 | By Brooke A. Lewis

How do I Love Thee? Victorian Romance Lives on in Waco

December 27, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

Around the Horn: The Craftsmanship and Community of Texas Saddle Shops

November 27, 2019 | By Christian Wallace

Teddy Roosevelt, San Antonio, and the Birth of the Rough Riders

October 31, 2019 | By Dan Oko

B eneath a warm Caribbean sun, down a twisted road from the tattered colonial city Santiago de Cuba, an American soldier stands frozen in time.
It’s a statue, actually, in a small park that commemorates the derring-do of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, formally known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, who helped drive Spain out of Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Find Rock Art, Relaxation, and Rare Wildflowers at Twistflower Ranch

September 30, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

O ften the most exceptional things are found by accident.
That’s what happened at Twistflower Ranch, 5,800 acres of West Texas mesas and canyons, named for the rare bracted twistflower that bathes the arid landscape with delicate purple blossoms in the spring.

The New London Museum Recalls the Most Deadly School Tragedy in U.S. History

July 31, 2019 | By Paul McDonnold

Newsman Walter Cronkite would, in his later years, recall it as one of the worst stories he ever covered. Morning dawned over New London on March 18, 1937, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Along Main Street, students made their way to school. Despite the pall of the Great Depression hanging over the nation, the future looked bright for the schoolchildren of Rusk County, thanks to a sea of oil and gas quivering below their feet.

How “Poet of the Story” Katherine Anne Porter was Shaped (And Conflicted) by Growing up in Texas

July 1, 2019 | By Lynn Freehill-Maye

She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. President Kennedy praised her work. Vivien Leigh starred in her movie. Her life rivaled the character drama of Hemingway’s—four marriages, countless affairs, stints in New York and Paris and Mexico. But you may have never heard of Katherine Anne Porter. And even here in her home state, you’re even less likely to know that this 20th-century master of the short story could be the best writer ever born and raised in Texas.

Retrace the Life and Legacy of World-Champion Boxer Jack Johnson in Galveston

May 30, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

“Jack Johnson was a real person from a real place called Galveston,” Collins says while standing in his church clothes outside Old Central Cultural Center, formerly Central High School, the first black high school in Texas. In the park behind Old Central, located on Avenue M, a life-size bronze statue depicts Johnson in his prime: roughly 6 feet, 200 pounds, and ready to rumble.

Tracking Elusive Mountain Lions in the Mountains of West Texas

April 25, 2019 | By Asher Elbein

The cat has been gone for hours by the time Bert Geary comes upon the footprint. He sees it as our utility-terrain vehicle bounces over a rough ridgeline trail, the wind gusting over golden grass, heavy and cool with incoming August rain. The tracks are perhaps 5 inches across, clear and distinct. “It’s too big to be a bobcat,” Geary says, swinging out of the vehicle to examine it. “I think that’s a mountain lion. Young one, too. Maybe 60 pounds.”

Jefferson’s ‘Diamond Bessie Murder Trial’ Plumbs 19th-Century Mystery

March 27, 2019 | By Paul McDonnold

It was the O.J. Simpson trial of its day. Reporters descended on the northeast Texas town of Jefferson to chronicle the tragic tale of Diamond Bessie with black ink and purple prose. Nobody recognized the dashing young couple Annie Moore and Abe Rothschild when they checked into a local hotel in January 1877. But when Moore’s body was found in the woods two weeks later, a bullet in her head, the mystery of Moore, aka Diamond Bessie, catapulted Jefferson into the national spotlight.

Taking the Waters: The Fascinating History of Texas’ Mineral-Water Resorts

February 28, 2019 | By Gene Fowler

Dr. John Sutherland would have died in the Battle of the Alamo had William Travis not dispatched him as a messenger to Gonzales.

The Presnall-Watson Homestead in San Antonio Welcomes Hikers, Bikers, and Equestrians

December 19, 2018 | By E. Dan Klepper

Aseemingly incongruous site greets Saturday afternoon visitors at the Presnall-Watson Homestead, a rambling 19th-century farmhouse along the Medina River in south San Antonio. Kids on bicycles kick out tricks as horseback riders in cowboy regalia round the corner, creating a surprising mash-up of three centuries crammed into one.

Home on the Texas Range, Where the Longhorns and Bison Play

October 31, 2018 | By Andy Rhodes

An up-close visit with a Longhorn or bison can be humbling. The animals’ large chestnut-brown eyes reveal a complex blend of wild animal and domesticated stock. It’s hard to know whether they’re plotting an aggressive charge or happily anticipating a bucket of feed.

Texas Highways Selects True Texas Travel Film Winner at Thin Line Fest

April 13, 2018 | By TH Staff

A Piece of Texas: A Travel Documentary took home the top prize in Texas Highways’ True Texas short film category at Thin Line fest in Denton on Saturday, April 21.

Still Waters Run Deep

June 29, 2009 | By Nola McKey

It’s a safe bet that few of the boaters and water-skiers who frequent Lake Texana, near Edna, realize that less than 75 feet below the surface of this placid body of water lies the site of a once-bustling river port.

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