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Photo by J. Griffis Smith.A public event Sep. 27 will recognize an influential figure in the economic development of the area. Historians and family members will gather at the Terlingua Cemetery grave of Federico Villalba to honor his legacy with the unveiling of a new Texas Historical Marker.

On the Road With Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas

After 30 years of shaping the pages of this magazine with his signature creativity, Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith retired from Texas Highways this summer.

Throughout the year, Texas Highways showcases the people, places, and wide-open spaces of the Lone Star State, but we can't be everywhere at once. That is where you—our readers—come in. You're consistently sharing your own perspectives on what makes Texas great, and we'd like to showcase some of that. Share your photos and we'll consider them for inclusion in our periodic reader-submitted photos gallery.

Cyclists prepare to enter the 582-foot Clarity Tunnel.

Travelers on the Caprock Canyons Trailway sometimes feel they’ve tipped time’s arrow on its head. Following the path of an abandoned rail line, the 64-mile trail system takes hikers, cyclists, and equestrians across the region’s halcyon backyard, into the agrarian plains and broken rangeland of caprock country, and out of this century completely.


I’m coming back to live in Texas and plan to see every inch of it. Your magazine will be a must read.

 —NOLA HENNESSY, TH Facebook Fan in Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia

We visited Caprock Canyons State Park [March] and loved it! We came all the way from the Netherlands to see ALL of Texas. Yeeehaaaa! —INA VAN BRUGGEN, TH Facebook Fan

Big Bend National Park ... I never get tired of its beauty and breathtaking views! Will be back in April for the 10th time! —NORA MARTINEZ, TH Facebook Fan

Buddy Holly would be happy that Lubbock made the Top-40 list!—Laverne Clancy, TH Facebook Fan

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I admit it: There's something magical about spotting an arrowhead on the ground, picking it up and holding it in my hand like an ancient talisman. I imagine the keen intelligence, the sculptural ability, and the skillful hands that deftly chipped the projectile point from a rough chunk of chert hundreds or thousands of years ago.Paleoindian experts once believed that Clovis culture - defined by the use of signature stone tools - was the first culture of the americas. Archeologists at the Gault Site have discovered evidence placing humans in Central Texas much earlier. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

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