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Hank the Cowdog

“Nobody in the literary world would have touched a book narrated by a ranch dog…

Texas Book Festival at 25 Goes Virtual

In March 1989, just two months into serving as First Lady of the United States,…

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History lives at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is a treasure waiting to be discovered.…

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THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Edition of Authentic Texas!

We’re delighted to be back in print! And, we’re as committed as ever to providing…

Reading Austin

Fittingly, Austin’s nucleus of intellectual activity—the University of Texas—is also its literary hub. With nearly…

Mason’s Master Storyteller Fred Gipson Still Enchanting Readers

Mason author Fred Gipson’s primary works – Hound-dog Man and Old Yeller – have positioned…

Pilgrimage to the Cross Plains of Robert E. Howard

Pilgrimages. Throughout history people have traveled great distances to visit the places connected to the…

A Passion for Texas Literature and the Haley Library

As the author of 24 books, Patrick Dearen knows the importance of research. Whether writing…

Rosenberg Library

If you Google the question “Which is the oldest library in Texas,” you might be…

Alpine’s Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering

“There’s a hundred years of history,And a hundred before thatAll gathered in the thinkin’Goin’ on…

Baylor’s Browning Library Brings Poetry to the Heart of Texas

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? One…

Hometown Historians

Joe Holley, Paula Allen and Joe Herring all learn something new about something old every…

LIFE

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Thru the Lands of America’s Ancient History

Start planning and mapping now, and in 2029 you’ll be fully prepared for a cross-country…

Alpine’s Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering

“There’s a hundred years of history,And a hundred before thatAll gathered in the thinkin’Goin’ on…

Stories and Sandwiches at Glen Rose’s Storiebook Cafe

Glen Rose is billed as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, but  the Central Texas town…

Taking a Trip Back in Time

Touring the West Texas World War II Museums

Sky Trails

While most of Authentic Texas’s “Trail Drives” follow auto routes, this one may best be…

The Flintknapper of Big Bend

Kinley Coyan is known as a father, a rancher and a flintknapper — more specifically,…

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…

Steak Finger Headquarters

In Andrews, Texas, half a century ago, two best friends had a common goal to…

LOCAL

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South Texas Steel Rails

Section 2 of an 1870 law gave the Rio Grande Railroad (RGRR) the “right, power…

A One-Minute Rowboat Ride Across the Rio Grande

As you approach the Boquillas International Ferry, it seems as though you’re traveling back in…

“The Cottonest City in the World”

Elected as the county seat on March 10, 1891, Lubbock quickly established itself as a…

Highway Highlights of the Yellow City

It’s been a long drive. You left Grandma’s ten hours ago headed west on Route…

Pilgrimage to the Cross Plains of Robert E. Howard

Pilgrimages. Throughout history people have traveled great distances to visit the places connected to the…

Abilene brings books to life

William Joyce’s picture book, Santa Calls, tells the story of a little boy named Art…

Fly By Wire

The Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum Features Toys That Really Fly

One for the Books

For more than 100 years, an imposing white building near the downtown area has served…