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 A New Taste of History Comes to Downtown Abilene

“West Texas Heritage” is a term that saturates Belt Buckle Distillery—the “Big Country’s” first and…

Texas, Teddy & the Rough Riders

As a native San Antonian, I have visited every historic site, all the museums multiple…

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Cheers to the Frozen Margarita Machine

Origin stories are usually pretty hard to nail down. Who was the first to stir…

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THIS ISSUE

Message from the New State Librarian of Texas

We live in an information-based economy, and success depends on access to accurate, authoritative, and…

Setting the Texas Table

Food is elemental. It feeds the body but also fuels culture, identity, and our economy.…

Celebrating Four New Literary Landmarks

In 2020, Texas had only five registered Literary Landmarks statewide. My colleagues at the Texas…

It’s a Lot of Bull!

Chipping away at a stucco-covered wall is no fun, but it’s worth the work if…

The Tallest Lighted Art Piece in Texas

Driving into downtown Odessa one sees a bright white object rising from the flat landscape…

Old Taylor High – Where History Meets Fun

From a New York style deli with a smoky Texas flare, to southern favorites such…

A Pint of History

In the late 1800s, many German immigrants gravitated to east-central Texas, where they continued the…

Sotol: The Original Distilled Beverage of Texas

Thanks to three entrepreneurs, the first alcoholic beverage consumed in Texas – sotol – is…

The Legendary Lubbock Libation

Texas is known for many iconic foods and food groups: barbecue, breakfast tacos, chili, chicken…

LIFE

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Green Pastures at Green’s Sausage House

German and Czech Immigrants Established Cultural Roots That Thrive Today

Burgers and Byways: Storm’s of Lampasas Worth the Trip

Several years ago, I logged many miles driving back and forth between Fort Worth and…

Minding the Fort

When the Republic of Texas became the 28th state in 1846, the responsibility for defending…

Serving Up History with Comfort Food

When planning a road trip during the 1920s, travelers had to do some careful planning. …

Talking Tombstones

In 1955, Corpus Christi police were on guard against people digging at the historic Old…

The Corn Maze at At’l Do Farms

I have spent most of my life actively avoiding being lost. I suppose it’s a…

It Takes a Village

C ome December, the place to intimately know Christmas and all of its meaning is the…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Staying cool in the blistering Texas heat would be tough were it not for that…

LOCAL

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Uncommon Valor

On February 23, 1945, after a hard-fought and costly battle on Iwo Jima, six individuals,…

Vodka in Bloom

Western Son Distillery continues to grow in Pilot Point Bottles, with liquids of every color,…

Norway on the Bosque

A LONG A WINDING CREEK northeast of Waco, Texas, the Cleng Peerson Memorial Highway leads from the hamlet…

Remember Goliad!

Today, the Texas Historical Commission has 32 State Historic Sites, but few share close proximity…

Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway

Fort Worth earned a reputation as one of the rough and tumble towns in the…

Preserving Tradition and Promoting Culture at Asia Times Square

At the Pearl, one group of diners converses animatedly in Vietnamese. At the next table…

TOP GUN Perhaps the most widely recognized Navy fighter, thanks to its starring role in Top Gun, the F-14 Tomcat served as an advanced interceptor and air superiority fighter. | Courtesy Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Preserving our aviation heritage at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Ever since the first airplane flight in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 12, 1911, aviation…

Small Town, Big Presence

In the heart of cowboy country, centrally located between Waco, Abilene and Fort Worth, lies…