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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine October 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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1 min.
the open road

THE BEST ROAD TRIPS allow time for detours off the beaten path. Though]it can be tempting to choose the most expedient route, it’s often the “long-cuts” that make a trip memorable. One of our family’s perennial favorites is the Sheffield Loop, a 20-mile scenic drive on State Highway 290, just off Interstate 10 west of Ozona. On a recent trip out West, we stopped as usual at the Fort Lancaster Scenic Overlook, where shaded picnic tables provide a perfect spot for lunch with a dramatic view of the Pecos River valley below. Historical markers document the importance of the Chihuahua Trail to native tribes, European settlers, the U.S. Army, and gold seekers bound for California; like us, they enjoyed stopping near here for water and a bite to eat. From the overlook,…

3 min.

I am so glad we visited all 254 county courthouses in Texas! It’s a great “bucket list” idea. MARY HOVERSON, GEORGETOWN Courthouse Criers After living out of state for 10 years, we finally made it back to Texas in 2000. To repatriate ourselves, we went on a quest to take our picture in front of all 254 courthouses. It took us 15 years, and we were pleasantly surprised that our favorite was among those you featured [September]: Donley County, majestic on the Panhandle Plains. In addition to witnessing the many architectural styles, we were amazed at the pride of the numerous people we met who work in the courthouses and their willingness to show us around and talk a little history. Jack and Susy Kahn, Bryan I’m disappointed that you didn’t show the Hill County…

1 min.
scenic route

Fantastic Fall 30° 51’ 08.95” N 94° 10’ 24.52” W THE FISHING PIER at Martin Dies Jr. State Park’s Hen House Ridge Unit offers a front-row seat to a spectacular autumn show as colors transform the bald cypress trees that dot B.A. Steinhagen Lake. Maples, sweet gum, and black walnut join in the vibrant display. Rent a canoe or kayak to skim along nearly 14 miles of marked paddling trails at the state park off US 190 between Jasper and Woodville. For information, visit tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/martin-dies-jr.…

5 min.
a meal fit for the king ranch

MY KIDS KNOW I’m happy to travel for a meal, particularly when huevos are involved, but in their minds, this was pushing it. The night before, we’d driven more than three hours across the dark, South Texas landscape to Kingsville. Now, on a Saturday morning, they were back in the car just before dawn. “But look at the light, it’s beautiful!” I told them, pointing to the horizon. “Besides, this is not just any breakfast,” I promised. “It’s a chance to experience Texas history on one of the most famous ranches in the world.” Held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Ranch Hand Breakfast at King Ranch welcomes the public for a meal worthy of a cattle drive, along with events aimed at connecting visitors with the ranch’s fabled history.…

5 min.
relic of ‘the city of adobes’

BEFORE THE FIRST RAILROAD LINE REACHED SAN Antonio in 1877, the villa was known as “the city of adobes,” according to an 1887 article in the San Antonio Daily Express. Along with rock, adobe was cited as the most common construction material. Another report in the Express noted that local adobe buildings would “endure forever almost.” “Forever almost” hints at the city’s adobe landscape today. Only a few historic homes constructed of adobe bricks—made from sun-dried mud and straw—survive. One of the city’s best-preserved examples is the Yturri-Edmunds Historic Site, which offers public tours that transport visitors to 19th-century life among the adobes. Architectural historians believe the home was built around 1859, said Vincent Michael, executive director of the San Antonio Conservation Society, which owns the site. The land used to be…

5 min.
haunting history

“THIS HAUNTED HOUSE WON’T HAVE REAL dead bodies in it, will it?” my son, Chet, asks as we approach the Richey Road exit on I-45 North in Houston, a note of trepidation in his voice. At 12, he’s already quite the connoisseur of the haunted house scene. He knows the drill for most of the local October spooktaculars: a couple bloody vampires, more creeptastic clowns than you can count, and a few costume-clad monsters jumping out from dark corners when you least expect them. But today we’re headed to the annual Haunted House at the National Museum of Funeral History on Houston’s north side. And as the haunt is being held next door to a real, live mortuary school, Chet is unsure what might await us. “Real dead bodies would constitute…