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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine March 2019

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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45 years and counting

If there’s one thing Texans can agree on, it’s their love of wildflowers. A field of native blooms graced the second-ever cover of Texas Highways, and readers’ enthusiasm for the bluebonnet and its springtime companions hasn’t dampened since. The June 1974 cover (below) featured “a field strewn with pink evening primrose and Indian paintbrush showing why the ‘primrose path’ has always been associated with beauty, tranquility and happiness.” This year marks our 45th anniversary, and as with any milestone, it gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on where we came from. Though Texas Highways was founded in 1953 when the Texas Highway Department changed the name of its employee publication from Maintenance and Construction Bulletin, it didn’t become a travel magazine until enterprising editor Frank Lively began adding stories…

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behind the stories

The Daytripper’s 100th Column This issue’s “The Daytripper” on Sweetwater (Page 97) marks Chet Garner’s 100th column in Texas Highways. Garner, who’s hosted his Lone Star Emmy Awardwinning travel show The Daytripper on PBS since 2009, started writing for the magazine in 2010 after then-editor-in-chief Charles Lorhman offered him a gig. “It’s been an amazing ride,” Garner says. “The best part is working with people who share my passion and fascination with the Lone Star State—folks you can chat with for hours about the best stretches of tubing on the Guadalupe, the tastiest back road cafés, and the weirdest roadside markers. Back when I started The Daytrip per, Texas Highways was my go-to magazine for research and inspiration. I hope that by being a part of it for 100 columns, I’ve…

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MEET OUR MAKERS Son of a Sailor AS PARTNERS IN MARRIAGE and merchandising, William and Jessica Knopp founded Son of a Sailor in Austin in 2011. Their combined skills and interests manifest in a variety of handmade jewelry, personal accessories, and home goods, including beaded necklaces and earrings, key fobs, bottle openers, and leather wallets and bracelets. Their products all share a similar aesthetic: clean lines and bold geometric shapes, sometimes with a splash of color. It wasn’t hard for the pair to become business partners. “William and I have always been creative together,” she says. “We’ve designed entire collections around road trips we’ve taken and places we’ve explored.” Shop more Son of a Sailor products at shop.texashighways.com Order Online SHOP.TEXASHIGHWAYS.COM…

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I visited Big Bend last spring, but now I am learning of all of the places I missed. Can’t wait to go back. Marilyn Newman, Grapeland Big Bend National Park We always enjoy the articles in Texas Highways that show the magic and majesty of Big Bend National Park [Collector’s Edition, February]—a true treasure that every Texan and American should experience. Big Bend does not receive the publicity of a Yellowstone or Yosemite, but it’s more unique than either of those parks. Mike Wortman, Weatherford It seems like every publication I see these days has an article urging people to visit the Big Bend area. I cringe when I think about the adverse effect that crowds of visitors will surely have on this park and the towns around it. The remoteness and isolation won’t be…

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the magic of the meadow

With their characteristically droopy petals, Black Samson coneflowers seem ready to turn down for the night as the sun sets on the Clymer Meadow Preserve northwest of Greenville. The preserve protects remnants of the Blackland Prairie, a tallgrass prairie that once stretched from the Texas coast to Canada. Prairies and pastures in North Texas and the plains of the Panhandle provide native habitats for this perennial, which blooms April through July and can also be propagated in gardens.…

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When Lindy Chambers drives along the backroads of her hometown of Bellville, she often pulls over to take photos of dilapidated trailer homes or to collect the detrits that many people would pass off as junk—later to be resurrected in her artwork. A self-taught oil painter and sculptor known for colorful depictions of country life, Chambers moved from Hockley to this historic seat of Austin County about 20 years ago. She and her twin sister, Lee Lee Brazeal, taught art classes in a downtown frame shop and studio for two years before closing the business so Chambers could focus on making her own artwork. Over the years, Chambers has seen subtle changes in her adopted hometown, such as the recent opening of a barre and yoga studio downtown. While Chambers…