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East Texas Sunday Drives by Bob Bowman

  • Tyler : A drive with beauty and history
    Tyler, Tyler State Park, Winona, Starrville, Troup, Burning Bush, Lake palestine, Mount Sylvan, Lindale and old Steen Saline

  • Carthage : Music from two country masters
    Carthage, Tatum, DeBerry, Elysian Fields, Sabine River, Hendricks's Lake, Trammel's Trace, ghost town Harmony Hill, Martin Creek Lake State Park, Beckville, Fair Play and Rake Pocket

  • Palestine : Old homes, fruit cakes, and stained glass windows
    Palestine, Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Plenitude, Mound Prairie, Montalba, Tennessee Colony, Old Magnolia, Elkhart and Slocum

  • Longview and Marshall : A metropolitan Sunday Drive
    Longview, Marshall, Hallsville, Scottsville, and Jonesville

  • Athens : Where the hamburger was invented
    Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads

  • Rusk : Mark Twain might have lived here
    Rusk, Alto, Jim Hogg State Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, two ghost towns, and the longest footbridge in the United States

  • Huntsville : Old Sam, prisons and pine trees
    Huntsville, Oakhurst, Point Blank, Coldspring, Sam Houston National Forest, and Huntsville State Park

More East Texas Trips

  • Holiday Day Trips by Bob Bowman

  • Trammel's Trace by Clay Coppedge
    Trammel's Trace started (or ended) at what is now East Main Street in Nacogdoches and took North Street through what is now Mount Enterprise, then north between current Rusk and Panola Counties and across the Sabine River near Tatum. From there the road jogged north through Marshall and Jefferson, crossing the Sulphur River at Stephenson's and Epperson's Ferry.


  • Roaming Around East Texas by Bob Bowman

  • Out-of-the-way Places by Bob Bowman
    Landmark springs, overlooks, roadside parks, logs homes and more

  • A Tour of Dog-Trots by Bob Bowman
    If you’re a fan of dog-trot houses--and know what they are--here is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. The SFA Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University will host a tour of two historic Shelby County dog-trot homes...

  • East Texas' Burning House by Bob Bowman
    Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 59 in Polk County are often startled to see what appears to be flames pouring from the windows of old sawmill house...

  • Loop 168, the shortest highway in Texas

  • Love's Lookout - Perched atop a scenic forested ridge beside U.S. Highway 69 north of Jacksonville, Love's Lookout offers perhaps the grandest view in East Texas. Visitors can scan a horizon that stretches into several counties. Some are convinced that, on a clear day, they can see Louisiana.

  • The Texas State Railroad and Texas Forest Trail by John Troesser

  • The Texas State Railroad by Archie McDonald (All Things Historical)

  • A Christmas Treat by Bob Bowman
    The Holiday Trail of Lights, which includes Kilgore, the state's official "City of Stars," Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana.
International Boundary
  • A Unique Historical Landmark by Bob Bowman

    A granite shaft set into the ground on April 23, 1841, marks the only international boundary existing within the continental United States.
    Farm Road 31 between Deadwood, Texas, and Logansport, Louisiana

  • Upshur County
  • The Roads of Upshur County
    by Bob Bowman

    Most East Texas counties name their county roads with numbers or the names of people. But not Upshur County. Years ago county officials came up with the unique idea of naming one precinct of the county’s roads for animals, another for flowers, still another for trees and the fourth precinct for birds....

  • East Texas Swimming Hole


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