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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine March 2017

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.
behind the story

ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF my new gig at Texas Highways is working with the knowledgeable and passionate sta . They work hard at curating content each month to bring you a True Texas experience. And often that work is done months in advance of when the stories hit your mailbox and local magazine racks. Last July, Associate Editor Ma Joyce (pictured) and Photo Editor Brandon Jakobeit braved the sweltering East Texas sun to bring the magic of the lower Neches River to light. The idea for the story sprouted from a previous trip Ma took to East Texas to learn about the history of the Piney Woods’ timber industry (“Pine Curtain of the Past,” January 2015). During his visit, he joined local conservationist Richard Donovan on a short canoe…

3 min.

This is my 17th year as a subscriber, and I have read every article in every issue since January 2002. We receive 10 different magazines at our house, and Texas Highways is my favorite. WILLIAM THOMPSON, EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Gaming Family Thanks for tipping us off to the National Video Game Museum in Frisco [November]. Our college-age kids enjoyed seeing the “prehistoric” video games, and my husband and I loved the walk down memory lane. My husband and son particularly enjoyed playing the old arcade games. We would never have known it was there if I hadn’t seen it in Texas Highways! Devon Hull,Lake Jackson Directional Debate, part II I o.ten argue with my husband that Graham is in north-central, not West Texas. According to Texas Counties.net, Graham is in the North Texas region. However, West Texas…

1 min.
field works

30º 40' 29. 40" N 97º 32'35. 14" W THE RED RIVER VALLEY offers an array of scenic beauty—most of it natural, with some surprises. At the intersection of FM 3206 and FM 677, a couple of miles southwest of the Saint Jo town square, artistic works by rancher Earl Nunneley greet travelers. This ladybug, created from a Volkswagen Beetle; and cactus, made with repurposed materials; represent a few of the sculptures that form a distinctive roadside gallery on the Running N Ranch. For more information, visit saintjochamber.com/ things-to-do. texashighways.com…

5 min.
a world of exploration

HOUSED IN A C ENTURY_OLD BUILD_ ing in downtown Tyler, Discovery Science Place stands out among the historic buildings surrounding it. Many of the buildings on Broadway Avenue and surrounding streets have been carefully restored to their early-20th-century glory and are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In contrast to the restrained architecture surrounding it, the L-shaped former warehouse that houses Tyler’s science museum serves as a colorful billboard promoting the arts and sciences. Several exterior walls of the museum now boast a vibrant mural depicting plants, microscopes, insects, and constellations, conveying a sense of the fun that waits inside. Exploration through touch is an integral part of the Discovery Science Place experience, and it begins as soon as you enter the fenced courtyard leading to the museum…

5 min.
the art (and fun) of stacking rocks

MICHAEL G RAB WADES INTO THE WAIST HIGH water of the Llano River in Central Texas, reaches down to the bo.om, and ?shes out a pla.er-size rock. Like most large stones, it’s not perfectly round, and its edges undulate in an irregular pa.ern. Grab examines the rock, turning it over and over in his practiced hands, noting tiny indentations or notches that could act as a natural tripod for the stack of large and small stones he is building in the shallows. Working while the river’s current .ows around his chest-high waders, Grab positions the rock, removes it, tries again at a di_erent angle, and turns it over before dropping it back into the cool water. He’s looking for a rock with a pointed end that can be placed tip-to-tip at…

5 min.
dance hall devotion

PEOPLE PACK THE WALL_TO_WALL TABLES IN Gruene Hall, and the band has hit full swing when I walk in one summer Sunday morning. Folks clap along to the music as they dig into plates of bacon and eggs, roasted turkey, and mashed potatoes. While I _nd a seat, singer-songwriter Bret Graham launches into Kris Kristo?erson’s 1970s hit, “Why Me, Lord?”— sounding uncannily like Kristo?erson himself, who has in fact played here. Hands clap, little kids and servers dance along, and I hear a few shouts of “hallelujah!” Gruene Hall’s monthly Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist started 18 years ago with a birthday celebration for Pat Molak, co-owner of the New Braunfels dance hall and The Gristmill River Restaurant next door. “We had a party the night before and did brunch on Sunday…