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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine September 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.
nature’s wonders

One of the few natural lakesin Texas, Caddo Lake’s bayous, wetlands, and backwaters cover about 26,800 acres in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. OUR “ARTS & CULTURE” SPECIAL issue celebrates the beauty of Texas—from must-see public art to lovingly restored downtown theaters to breathtaking natural wonders. Narrowing down the state’s natural wonders to a manageable list was no easy task. After starting with our catalog of staff favorites and sifting through hundreds of reader responses on Facebook, we whittled our list down to about 20 finalists. While we originally intended to present the seven natural wonders of Texas to mirror the Seven Wonders of the World, we found some cuts just too painful to make. So we took the liberty of making our list Texas-size; our picks for the nine natural…

1 min.
man-made wonders

@ texashighways.com EXCLUSIVE WEBSITE CONTENT In May, we asked readers to help us compile a list of Texas’ wonders—those quintessential places that are undeniably a part of the Lone Star State. These are the places that leave us awestruck and instill pride for the place we call home. In this issue, discover our collaborative list of the state’s top natural wonders. Then go online for more— the top man-made wonders of Texas. THEATERS: EXTENDED REMIX After reading Michael Corcoran’s restored theaters story in this issue, go online for a bonus story on Mason’s historic Odeon Theater. Opened in 1928, the theater has withstood the test of time.…

2 min.

I love this magazine. It never disappoints! ERNETTE ZIMMERMAN, PORT O’CONNOR GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH The Texas State Cemetery is one of my favorite places in Texas. It’s such a special feeling to be able to walk among those who created the history of our great state. WESTON KUENSTLER, AUSTIN Love Newman’s Castle [July]! My 14-year-old was in complete awe of this place, and Mike Newman is a super sweet guy. JENNIFER MARIE, HOUSTON Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Black Beauty Ranch I’ve been of fan of Black Beauty Ranch [July] for over 15 years and was finally able to visit this wonderful facility in 2013 and again in 2014. I had to make a second visit as I lost the pictures from my first visit! I would highly recommend it to anyone,…

5 min.
grinding through the pines

DRIVE TEXAS WILD + DETOUR + STAY + TEXAS TICKET WE RISE BEFORE DAYBREAK TO A CHORUS of birdsong and pump up our tires. It’s the morning of my first gravel grinder, a gritty and popular organized bicycling event that mostly takes place on unpaved roads. As I sip my coffee and slip on my bike shorts, I hope the past few weeks of spinning over the potholed streets of southwest Houston, where I live, will be enough to carry me across the finish line. I have convinced Perry, an old mountain-biking buddy, to join me on El Camino 205, an annual grind that traverses the Piney Woods outside of Palestine. The Camino is not a race, so we don’t have to worry much about competition. But as we roll into the…

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all’s well in castell

IT’S A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AND MESQUITE SMOKE from the barbecue pit perfumes the Castell General Store, a weathered old building that houses a grocery business, café, and saloon. The store is the center of activity in Castell, a tiny town hidden away in the Texas Hill Country west of Llano. Early in the week the store is quiet and unassuming. But as the weekend approaches, the place comes alive with food, music, and amusements that draw a range of visitors—from rugged outdoorsmen to those who prefer a bar stool, air-conditioning, and a plate of good barbecue. Getting to Castell takes time and patience. At the square in Llano, I turn west on Ranch Road 152 and drive 18 miles on a crooked twolane blacktop that roughly parallels the Llano River, just…

5 min.
beyond the screen door

THE SOUNDS OF A SCREEN DOOR OPENING AND closing evoke powerful memories. My grandfather’s 1920 brick house in Dallas, where I spent a lot of happy time while growing up, had a screen door off the kitchen door leading to the backyard and another in front, on the screened-in porch. Sometimes they would shut with a muffled bang, as when Pop Pop and I slipped out before breakfast on warm August mornings to pick figs, and sometimes with a gentle squeak when the sun was finally dropping from sight and I would dash out to chase fireflies. The somehow reassuring noise of these doors in action signaled people I loved coming and going; it’s forever filed with memories labeled “comfort” in my psyche. Each room’s entry is hung with a vintage screen…