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    Trip #94
  • Tag Along with Barclay on Texas Photography Trip #94 by Barclay Gibson 8-1-14
  • Trip #94 conclusion
  • The Conclusion to my “Tag Along with Barclay on Texas Photography Trip #94 Story” by Barclay Gibson 9-1-14
  • Williams Ranch
  • Williams Ranch by Barclay Gibson 6-3-13
    Guadalupe Mountains National Park
    Culberson County
  • Flora and Fauna of Fayette County 5-3-14
  • recollection
  • Recollections of a Road Trip to West Texas by Ana Astri-O’Reilly 2-1-14
  • Meridian
  • Meridian State Park by Sam Fenstermacher 2-28-13
  • Pictograph marker
  • My Visit to the Pictograph Centennial Marker in Concho County in January 2012 by Barclay Gibson 6-1-12
    Words, and even pictures, cannot begin to tell what my visit to the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Pictograph Marker was like.
  • Road Side Park
  • Signal Peak Road Side Park by Barclay Gibson 5-4-12
    Culberson County abandoned roadside park
  • Guadalupe
  • Driving to Guadalupe Peak by Barclay Gibson
    US180, Hwy 54
  • Signal Peak - The Dunes by Barclay Gibson 11-29-10
  • The Dunes
  • Ignoring Warning Signs by Barclay Gibson 10-1-10
    Searching for the “Buried Here”1936 Texas Centennial marker
    “Warren Wagon Train Massacre”
  • Pulaski
  • Searching for the Pulaski Historical Marker by Barclay Gibson 9-6-10
    Where to start describing how I visited the five foot tall granite 1936 Panola County Centennial Historical Marker for the defunct town site of Pulaski, former seat of Panola County?
  • Aransas Bay
  • Aransas Bay Texas' Carmel-by-the-Sea by Ken Rudine 2-24-11
  • The 40 Best Speed Traps in Texas 10-1-10
  • Speed Trap
    Ghost Counties
  • Ghost Counties of Texas Vintage maps courtesy TGLO 7-2-10
    Buchel and Foley Counties, Greer County, Wegefarth County, Encinal County, Perdido County, Worth County, and the First Dawson County
  • In Plain Sight
  • A Tour of Dog-Trots by Bob Bowman 8-15-10
    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...
  • In Plain Sight by Ken & Yvonne Rudine 5-1-10
    A Sunday drive from Rockport to Houston
  • Lasting Impressions by Rick Vanderpool & Sami Simpson 6-26-10
    Flying over Llano Estacado
  • Grave marker
  • Finding the Polancio Grave Marker by Barclay Gibson 3-22-10
    Back in the 1870s a stage was attacked by Indians and a man, Jose Maria Palacios, was killed. He was buried right where he fell, at the base of the Peak and a crude rock slab had the information scratched on it...
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  • The Most Photographed Church in Texas by Johnny Stucco 1-22-10
  • The Ozark Trail at Tampico
  • In Search of Seguin's Headless Ghostby Ken Rudine
  • Eagle Pass: No Country for Young Men Either
    or Looking for the Coen Brothers
    by Chris Adams
  • Columbus’ Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park by Terry Jeanson
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park Photos William Beauchamp
  • Bluffton Reappears by Mike Cox
    At this writing, the normally sprawling Lake Buchanan is only 51 per cent full... While a few traces of the Old Bluffton have become visible, most of it is still under water...
  • Driving Around with Bonnie and Clyde by Robin Cole-Jett
    A Road Tripper's Guide to Gangster Sites in Middle America
  • San Antonio Missions by Byron Browne
    Beginning two and a half miles south of downtown San Antonio there are four eighteenth century missions along what the National Parks Service refers to as the “Mission Trail”. This route will lead you on an afternoon’s journey through some of this country’s few, yet greatest, antiquities...
  • Old Military Road by Ken Rudine
    US 83 from Rio Grande City to Brownsville
  • Camino Real National Scenic Byway by Delbert Trew
    The old road "Camino Real" or Royal Road may not be the oldest road in America but was completed in 1598... It begins at the San Juan Pueblo in northern New Mexico, goes 400 miles south to El Paso then on another 1,200 miles to Mexico City. The U.S. designated it a National Scenic Byway...
  • Resurrecting the Ghosts of Route 66 by Noel Kerns
  • Part I: From Oklahoma City to Shamrock, Texas
  • Part II: Shamrock to Amarillo, Texas
  • Part III: Route 66 from Amarillo, Texas to Endee, NM
  • The L-O-N-G Roads of Texas: Texas-State-Highway-16 by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas’ state highways are some of the most interesting ways to travel. They pass through—not go around—interesting communities of every sort. The towns are both beautiful—sometimes (and sometimes not so beautiful)—and often historically interesting. The two longest state highways in Texas are Highway 16 and Highway 6. Both cut across scenic and historically significant parts of the state...
  • Route 77: “The Padre Road”
    Victoria, Texas to the Rio Grande Valley
    Seven Bridges, Five Rivers, Two Creeks and One Interesting Drive
  • How to Explore a Small Town by Johnny Stucco
    Helpful Tips So You Won’t Feel You've Missed Anything
  • Packsaddle Mountain
    Llano County, Hill Country
  • Bandera by Byron Browne
  • Cadillac Ranch by M.M. Harris
  • Tom Jones at the Cadillac Ranch A photo essay
  • Zedler's Mills
    After nearly four decades, Zedler's Mills is revealed from Nature's green cloak.
  • Highland Lakes and Dams
    Dams: Tom Miller Dam, Mansfield Dam, Max Starke Dam, Wirtz Dam, Inks Dam and Buchanan Dam
    Lakes: Lake Austin, Lake Travis, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, Inks lake, and Lake Buchanan
  • Delightful Detour by Billy B. Smith
    "The sixteen-mile delightful detour reminds me that there once was another America, a wistful place full of pleasant and pensive scenery..."
  • South Llano River State Park
  • Chinati-Hot-Springs

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  • Mosier Valley Garden of Angels
  • Sabine Pass:
    The Town, Battlefield & Cemetery
  • Terlingua
    by Byron Browne
  • Colorado Bend: It Is What It Is by Clay Coppedge
    "..Colorado Bend is pure Hill Country: stands of live oak and juniper, thick with wildflowers in the spring, whitetail deer all year long and, every spring, the white bass moving up the Colorado River to spawn..."
  • Return to San Jacinto after 67 Years by Ken Rudine
  • Bell County's Sunshine Road
    Photos courtesy Genevieve E. Shockley
    Three towns, one ghost town, four cemeteries, creeks and bridges ...
  • Mariscal Mine Photos courtesy Erik Whetstone
    "Deep inside" Big Bend National Park on Mariscal Mountain. A National Register Historic District.
  • 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...
  • The Chisholm Trail Rides Again by Clay Coppedge
    Anyone wanting to follow the Old Chisholm Trail through Bell County would find part of the quest relatively easy, at least as easy as driving on IH-35. The old trail roughly paralleled the Interstate from Salado to Belton. After that following the old trail might get a little trickier, though anyone who spends much time here passes or crosses it many more times than they could ever know...
  • The Runestone by Bob Bowman
    "East Texans willing to take the time to drive about 100 miles into eastern Oklahoma will be rewarded with a centuries-old mystery."
  • Holiday Trail of Lights vby Bob Bowman
    Includes Kilgore, Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas
    and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana
  • The Streets of Reynosa
    A Walk Down Pinata Row
    by Luke Warm
  • Drives
  • FM 2843, The Old Road to Austin by Clay Coppedge
  • FM 116: In The Shadow of Fort Hood by Clay Coppedge
  • Unconventional Travel
  • Prada Marfa by Luke Warm
    Photos courtesy Lizette Kapre, Ballroom Marfa, and the Art Production Fund. West Texas gets a Long-Overdue Infusion of Whimsy by German-based Artists
  • Texas Gas Stations
  • Phillips 66 Service Station by Delbert Trew
    On Route 66, McLean, Texas
  • Historic Travel
  • The Killough Massacre, October 5, 1838
    Text & 7 photos by Janet Gregg
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  • Did lost colony in the Okla. Panhandle exist? by Delbert Trew 11-17-10
    The drive from Boise City to Black Mesa, Kenton, Folsom, then over the top of Johnson Mesa into Raton from the east is our favorite drive in the entire Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico area.
  • Coal workers suffered by Delbert Trew 8-31-10
    The next time you travel north toward Denver, take a break at the Ludlow Exit just north of Trinidad, Colo. A good paved road leads west about two miles to the huge and educational Ludlow Massacre Monument. I promise an interesting visit.
  • Utah's Valley of the Gods by Ken Rudine 11-1-09
  • Monument Valley by Ken Rudine 12-1-09
  • Lighthouses - Lake Erie Lighthouses- An Erie Story by Ken Rudine 10-7-09
  • Covered Bridges - Vermont, Maple Surple and Covered Bridges by Ken Rudine 8-2-09
  • Memphis to Lake Erie by Ken Rudine 8-30-09
  • Lighthouses - Maine's Easy 18 Lighthouses by Ken Rudine 7-22-09
  • Lighthouses - Lighthouses of Lake Michigan's Shores by Ken Rudine 6-2-09
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