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 / Travel & Outdoor
Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine December 2016

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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12 Issues


1 min.
editor’s note

WITH ALL THOSE MIRRORED facades and exceptional examples of 19th- and 20th-Century architecture, downtown Dallas sparkles year-round. But visitors during the holidays will find a few surprises, including a shiny assemblage of 13 giant Christmas tree ornaments (below) on the front lawn of the Omni Hotel, which were designed and fabricated in Dallas by Stephen Stefanou and his team at Venue Arts. For the past 47 years, Stefanou has created large-scale seasonal installations for corporate and commercial clients around the world, including the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, Rockefeller Center in New York, and—here in Dallas—oversize ornaments for the Omni Hotel, Klyde Warren Park, and the Meyerson Symphony Center. “I’ve been interested in seasonal decoration since I was 5,” says Stefanou. “Growing up in Shreveport,…

3 min.

OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I’ve seen Ruthie Foster [October] at least three or four times. Her music and stories are so good. And her voice is just awesome. JIM FOEHNER, WIMBERLEY Hiked Colorado Bend today, all because I saw it in my monthly copy of Texas Highways [November]. Plus, I’m retired so I was free today :) Will be heading somewhere else tomorrow! ERICK YBARRA Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Extra Credit This True Texan took your True Texan test in the September issue and scored 305 points. I also gave myself points for additional challenges that I knew were just as important: • Name the Texas symbols (bird, tree, mammal, gem). • Name six flags that have €lown over Texas. • You have a shirt or other item of clothing that looks like the…

1 min.
scenic route

Lighting the Way WHILE THE BIG BEND area’s natural beauty needs no enhancement, photographer E. Dan Klepper temporarily lit the Chisos Mountains foothills for an interpretive holiday scene submitted for the Lightscapes photo feature in this issue. Big Bend National Park is located on the Texas-Mexico border, south of Marathon off US 385 and south of Alpine off Texas 118. The park features more than 150 miles of trails and some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. For more information on Big Bend National Park, visit nps.gov/bibe…

5 min.

Who’s Whoo in Georgetown Home tour and holiday events on the square Georgetown’s 1900 Masonic Lodge, now Gumbo’s North restaurant, receives a trimming of lights in December, when the entire courthouse square glimmers with thousands of lights. Residents and tourists alike flock to the festive Christmas Stroll. STRICTLY SPEAKING, GEORGETOWN isn’t exactly a small town; with just under 65,000 residents, it can probably be better described as small-ish or maybe mediumsized. But anyone who has spent time here around the holidays, when every tree and building on the square is ablaze with lights, can see that in spirit, Georgetown is the epitome of a small town. Despite its designation by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of America’s fastest-growing cities, it remains the kind of place where folks greet each other by name,…

6 min.
find your inner cowpoke

NOTHING MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A 10-YEAR-OLD girl again like a trip to a West Texas ranch. I’ve joined my husband and a few families for a short post-breakfast wagon ride, and I’m as giddy as the kids. Pulled by a shiny John Deere tractor, we’re heading down a hill at Wildcatter Ranch, near Graham, to a pasture where a small herd of Longhorn cattle awaits their morning snack. Clint West, the Wildcatter’s head wrangler, pulls the tractor and wagon into the grass and we scramble out. As we approach the rough-cedar fencing separating us from the giant beasts, Clint tells us the Longhorns’ names, pointing out Big Boy, Sparkle, Red 1, Red 2, and others. As Clint gestures to a brick-red fellow who’s taking his sweet time ambling over to…

5 min.
a texas time capsule

NOT EXACTLY LOST BUT NOT EXACTLY IN plain sight, the community of Jonesville sits near the Texas-Louisiana border, just as it has since Texas’ earliest days as a state. Visitors will notice the deteriorating wooden structures along the Union Pacific railroad, relics of the area’s cotton-shipping past. But Jonesville refuses to disappear, thanks largely to its only private business— the T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store, which has operated continuously since 1847. William Harrison Jones, the town’s namesake, opened the store as a trading post, and it moved to its current site in 1922. Some of the store’s once-new inventory items have become historical curiosities over time. At its height at the dawn of the 20th Century, Jonesville was a railroad and cotton hub with a steam-powered gristmill and cotton gin. But over…