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On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, setting in motion a series of battles that would lead to Texas’ independence from Mexico. Cities and towns throughout Texas will celebrate the occasion on March 2 (see “Events” at for a lengthy list), but two caught our eyes for their unusual nature.

Published in Blog: Events

Summer evenings are a great time for dancing at Luckenbach's dance hall. 

It’s a late afternoon at Club Westerner, an 84-year-old dance hall in Victoria, and musicians with The Scott Taylor Band are setting up their instruments for the night’s show. The sounds of tuning guitars and microphone checks bounce off the walls, just as they have for decades. In the hours to come, dancers will fill the historic hall, absorbing the country music and skimming across the shiny oak dance floor in a counterclockwise motion. It’s a ritual that has taken place at dance halls across Texas for more than a century, and judging by the diversity of halls and their fans, it’s a tradition that shows promise to persevere as a hallmark of Lone Star culture. 


Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith walks you through his approach to taking pictures at dusk. Recorded at Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas.

Window on Texas, July 2013

Published in Photography

One of the many pleasures of a small town is that you can see the moon rise. On a warm June evening, a silver crescent climbs above the landmark water tower that signals the presence of Gruene to the outside world.

Published in TRAVEL
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