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Travel & Outdoor
Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine January 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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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
the heart and soul of town

TO KICK OFF 2017, WE’RE TAKING a look at some of Texas’ classic main streets—avenues from Harlingen to Amarillo that offer concentrations of history, noteworthy dining, intriguing architecture, souvenir-worthy shopping, and other travel treasures. We owe you, our readers, a big “thank you” for weighing in about your favorites. We received hundreds of emails and notes praising streets like Boerne’s Main Street, which received kudos for its “locally owned shops and restaurants,” and Broadway Avenue in Tyler, which one reader described as “the street that brings everyone to our downtown square, which is the heart and soul of the city.” Though there was no clear consensus about the “best” street, we noticed some trends: Readers responded favorably to historic preservation, amenities like shade trees and park benches for people-watching, and a mix…

1 min.
courting history

33º 12' 54.19" N 97º 07' 58.83" W THE DENTON COUNTY Courthouse-on-the-Square sits east of the University of North Texas in downtown Denton. The 1896 Romanesque Revival structure, with influences from Second Empire style, was constructed of limestone, pink granite, and red and tan sandstone. Today, the building houses a museum with photographs and artifacts recalling Denton County’s early days. For more information on the courthouse, visit cityofdenton.com/visitors/dentonhistory/courthouseon-the-square.…

2 min.
  wish i were there!

OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I had a blast at the National Videogame Museum [November] and I’m not even into video games! Worth the trip! JAMIE CROSBY TUCKER, AUSTIN Think I gained a pound just looking at that Bevers chickenfried steak picture [November]—a pound well worth it, I’m sure. JULLEE GREEN Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Musical Pioneers How can you write an article about Texas music [December] with no mention of the Vaughan brothers, one of whom is arguably one of the greatest guitar players in the history of this country? Carl Smith, Garland The absence of any reference to Harry James, the legendary trumpeter and bandleader of the swing era, was disappointing. James was a product of Beaumont. Al Christensen, Granbury Recipe Appeal Funny story about heirloom recipes [November]: My ex-mother-in-law’s cranberry bread was written…

5 min.

“I thought, ‘Oh, how hard can it be to hit people on roller-skates?’ Little did I know that it was extremely hard.” WHAT BETTER WAY TO ESCAPE the winter doldrums than to watch outrageously dressed athletes on roller-skates race around a track, shoving and hitting each other along the way? Roller derby leagues across Texas start their seasons with the new year, featuring energetic “bouts,” live rock bands, food and beer, and hundreds of fans—some dressed in crazy costumes—cheering on the skaters. More than 15 roller derby leagues—most of them made up of women—call Texas home, from Beaumont to Stephenville and Austin, where a group of women revived the sport in the early 2000s and sparked a national trend with a cult following. The thrill of watching roller-skaters compete against one another,…

4 min.
eyes on emory

The Cinnamon Bear Bakery is a tasty stop for treats like cinnamon rolls and blueberry creamcheese coffee cake. LOCATED BETWEEN THE ANGLING HOTSPOTS OF Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork, the northeast Texas town of Emory is like a favorite secret fishing hole for fishermen, who stop by to fuel up on comfort food and stroll the quiet courthouse square. The lakes and their abundant wildlife, including bass, catfish, and crappie, also draw a different and notably iconic type of angler—bald eagles. Dozens of bald eagles call Rains County home, which prompted the Texas Legislature to name the county the Eagle Capital of Texas in 1995. Emory, the county seat, celebrates America’s national bird annually with the Rains County Eagle Fest, taking place January 28-29 this year. The festival includes eagle-viewing bus and barge…

4 min.
uncovering an urban relic

Once designers glimpsed those stunning rows of columns inside the abandoned reservoir, they quickly halted its demolition. I’M HUDDLED WITH A HALF-DOZEN STRANGERS in Houston, shouting into the darkness. The echo, which turns our calls into an eerie, multi-tonal melody of highpitched peaks and low moans, stretches for 17 seconds. Though disconcerting, the scene is more magnificent than scary. Underneath a bustling section of Texas’ largest city, we’re touring the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern—an 87,500-squarefoot architectural relic that served as a City of Houston underground drinking water reservoir for 80 years. Now decommissioned and opened to the public for guided tours, the Cistern allows visitors to walk into these hidden depths, surrounded by concrete walls, dim strings of LED lights, and strategically placed emergency exits. But the stars of the show are the…