want to have a good time, I don't care where you live, just load in
your kids and take some congenial friends and start out. You would
be surprised what there is to see in this great country within 200
miles of where any of us live. I don't care what state or town."
- Will Rogers
courtesy Royce L. Milam
The Skinny on Dipping in Texas
10 rivers, 7 State Parks, 2 Creeks and
more Springs than an old mattress
courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Day Trips & Weekend Getaways:
Sites in Texas:
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”...
of My Shell at South Padre by Jase Graves
"[W]hen my family and I were on vacation at South Padre Island
recently, I jumped at the chance to witness a release of newly hatched
Kemp's ridley sea turtles by Sea Turtle, Inc....."
"Deep inside" Big Bend National Park on Mariscal Mountain. A National
Register Historic District.
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
Duro's Enduring Pageant by Mike Cox
"The show debuted in 1966 and grew into a summer tradition.
Thanks to news media exposure, local marketing efforts and old-fashioned
word of mouth, the pageant’s reputation built with each passing
season. In recent years, USA Today included it in its “Top 10 Must
See Theaters in America” and the American Bus Association’s “Top
100 Attractions in North America.”
An estimated 4 million people have viewed the pageant over the last
50 years. In recent seasons, the show’s three-month run (six days
a week with Mondays off) has drawn about 65,000 annually. "
Ranch by Barclay Gibson
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Warning Signs by Barclay Gibson
Searching for the “Buried Here”1936 Texas Centennial marker
“Warren Wagon Train Massacre”
for the Pulaski Historical Marker by Barclay Gibson
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?
Counties of Texas Vintage maps courtesy TGLO
Buchel and Foley Counties, Greer County, Wegefarth County, Encinal
County, Perdido County, Worth County, and the First Dawson County
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...
Plain Sight by Ken & Yvonne Rudine
A Sunday drive from Rockport to Houston
Impressions by Rick Vanderpool & Sami Simpson
Flying over Llano Estacado
the Polancio Grave Marker by Barclay Gibson
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...
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...
Around with Bonnie and Clyde by Robin Cole-Jett
A Road Tripper's Guide to Gangster Sites in Middle America
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...
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...
77: “The Padre Road”
Victoria, Texas to the Rio Grande Valley
Seven Bridges, Five Rivers, Two Creeks and One Interesting Drive
After nearly four decades, Zedler's Mills is revealed from Nature's
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
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...
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...
Trail by Clay Coppedge
" The best of what's left of the Mackenzie Trail today is probably
on private property. You're near it when you're at the intersection
of U.S. 277 and Texas 6 in Stamford, where a monument tells you
the trail ran a little north of there. The trail also ran between
Dickens and Spur, so when you're on parts of U.S. Highway 82 from
Dickens to Lubbock you're probably following Mackenzie's path pretty
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."
Trail of Lights by Bob Bowman
Includes Kilgore, Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas
and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana
lost colony in the Okla. Panhandle exist? by Delbert Trew
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.
workers suffered by Delbert Trew
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.