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81You probably learned in school that six flags have flown over Texas: French, Spanish, Mexican, Lone Star, Confederate, and United States. But when it comes to Nacogdoches, an East Texas city named for a band of the Caddo tribe that settled here around A.D. 1250, you can add three more, which flew in the 1800s as part of short-lived rebellions.

“NACOGDOCHES OFFERS MANY ATTRACTIONS, INCLUDING ANTIQUEs SHOPS ALONG THE OLD BRICK STREETS, WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC SPOTS, AND NATURE TRAILS.” —CINDY HYDE, NACOGDOCHES

History, illustrated at such sites as Millard’s Crossing Historical Village and the Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library, plays an important role with visitors today, but so do antiques, restaurants, and the expansive educational gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University. And nearby Tonkawa Springs, a former Boy Scout camp in the pines, offers one of the best natural swimming holes in Texas.

For more information, contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888/653-3788.

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