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Texas Highways Magazine March 2018

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

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2 min.
early blooms

ON AN OVERCAST SPRING morning five years ago, with our 1-month-old baby in tow, my husband and I headed out on a singular mission. My mom was in town for the weekend, and we were determined to get that perfect “child among the bluebonnets” picture that was my daughter’s Texas birthright. It being late March, we didn’t expect to have much trouble finding a bountiful patch of blooms. We struck out at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center—its bluebonnets wouldn’t come in until a little later in the spring, one of the volunteers explained. Faced with a darkening sky threatening to pour down its wrath on us at any moment and an increasingly hungry newborn on the verge of a meltdown, we knew we needed to act fast. So we settled…

1 min.
wildflower extras

Spring is the perfect time to see the abundant blooms across the state. After you read our “Wildflower Wanderlust” feature (Page 44), order your free Texas Wildflower brochure at texashighways.com/freepubs. For more useful information, including past features and guides, head to texashighways.com/wildflowers. Share your flower photos by using the hashtag #TrueTexas on social media. SXSW Read along on texashighways.com as we post Texas-focused coverage of Austin’s world-renowned festival that spotlights trends in technology, film premieres, and up-and-coming music acts. FOLLOW US! Can’t get enough of Texas Highways’ photos and content? Follow us @texashighways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily travel inspiration. TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY Head to texashighways.com for a roundup of events, from parades to races, in honor of Texas Independence Day on March 2.…

3 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? I’m a born-and-raised Amarillo native. I had a great upbringing, albeit simple and basic. Though a city slicker, I was surrounded by the cowboy and ranching heritage. I’m glad for the life I had there. LEE ANN POINDEXTER, COLUMBIA, MISSOURI Rodeo Pioneer I especially enjoyed the article “Hoofbeats of History” in the February issue. I was, however, a litt le disappointed when reading the portion about Myrtis Dightman Sr. and the Prairie View Trail Ride organization. Not only was Mr. Dightman Sr. the cofounder of the ride, but the article failed to mention Mr. Dightman’s success as a professional bull rider. He was the first black cowboy to compete at the National Finals Rodeo, and he won the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in 1971. The annual Labor Day rodeo in his…

5 min.
el paso from above

ON THE WESTERN EDGE OF TEXAS, you’ll find the only place in the state that provides a bird’s-eye view of 7,000 square miles spanning three states and two countries. And though some people opt to hike to the top of 5,632-foot Ranger Peak in Franklin Mountains State Park, I prefer to ride in one of the bright orange cable cars of the Wyler Aerial Tramway. The trip starts with a drive up the side of the eastern face of the Franklin Mountains to the tramway’s base station—about 1,000 feet above El Paso—where visitors can see the machinery that stops, rotates, and reverses the cars on their cables. As a park ranger holds open the gondola door, the car sways slightly as each passenger steps inside. With a light swing, the gondola…

5 min.
music on main street

AT FIRST GLANCE, THE SMALL TOWN OF EDEN ON the edge of West Texas may seem an unlikely spot for live music. With fewer than 3,000 residents, the town is far off the beaten path in Concho County, at least a few hours by car from any major metropolis. Yet nearly every month from late January through October, visitors flock here to watch acclaimed musicians play the stage of the Green Apple Art Center. “People come to listen to music. And the musicians like that the audience is listening. They want to be a part of it.” The open-air venue is tucked within a cluster of three buildings that once served as a warehouse, feed store, and locker plant for the local wool and mohair industry. With that industry in decline, Eden…

6 min.
to the point

THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOWIE KNIFE STANDS on the main road to Bowie from US 287’s high-speed bypass. Dedicated in April 2016, the knife has helped keep the quiet Montague County town from being a blur for travelers in North Texas. The hamlet even earned a Guinness World Record certificate for the replica. Visitors from as far away as Europe and South America have trekked to see the blade. “When the Knife finally went up, they said, ‘Oh, my gosh, how did you do that?’” says Van Baize, a retired bank executive who helped spearhead the project. Some locals were skeptical about the venture, he notes, but visitors from as far away as Europe and South America have trekked to see the blade, which was constructed with private funds at the edge of…