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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Market Day on Jackson Street Harlingen TX V5A1275 PMDBrick-paved roads, family-run businesses, cozy eateries, and revitalized buildings are among the charming images that come to mind when picturing quintessential Texas main streets. Here, boutiques, gift shops, and antiques stores draw visitors from across the state and sometimes the globe, whether for a pair of custom snakeskin boots such as those found on Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, or a piece of hand-blown glass art from Main Street in Salado.

cowboysMain Street. For many Texans, these words evoke memories of Saturday shopping trips, favorite lunch counters, and afternoon movies with friends. In the old days, every town had a main street or main drag, those few blocks where a town’s social, cultural, and economic threads wove together—the community’s heart and soul.

StoneEmily Roberts Stone, who most recently served as senior managing editor for the Houston Metro office of Community Impact Newspaper, joins the Texas Highways staff as its new editor.

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The Christmas spirit isn’t found wrapped beautifully underneath a holiday tree. While those gifts definitely bring some happiness, the true joys come from time spent with loved ones and creating new memories.

Here are a few holiday experiences for you to enjoy.

nationalmuseum3Today on the 75th anniversary of the event, Fredericksburg's National Museum of the Pacific War remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor through “real-time” Twitter postings and a webinar, as well as, shared accounts at the museum.

48B JFK2The nation and the world were shaken just after noon on Nov. 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Tuesday marks the 53rd anniversary of that fateful day.

Zilker Tree and Austin Trail of Lights Photo by Jared TennantEvery year since 1967, the Zilker Tree has acted as a beacon of holiday cheer on the south lawn of Zilker Park, its more than 3,000 lights twinkling in the winter darkness. This year marks its 50th anniversary, during which time it, along with the Trail of Lights, has become an entrenched part of Austin history and culture.

Jane1Texas Highways is happy to welcome a new member to our family – Jane Kellogg Murray.

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While grocery and holiday shopping may top your lists of to-dos this weekend, don't forget to make time for a little fun. There are always so many events from which to choose, but here's a glimpse of what's happening this weekend.

Wildcatter Ranch 236Nothing makes me feel like a 10-year-old girl again like a trip to a West Texas ranch. I’ve joined my husband and a few families for a short post-breakfast wagon ride, and I’m as giddy as the kids. Pulled by a shiny John Deere tractor, we’re heading down a hill at Wildcatter Ranch, near Graham, to a pasture where a small herd of Longhorn cattle awaits their morning snack.

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Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and always. To help you observe the upcoming holiday, we share some of the many military museums available across the state, and a few Veteran's Day events near you.

alberto martinez 2When I moved to Austin ages ago, I made it a point to get out into the city – even if it meant driving blindly and getting lost. It helped me to find my way and discover my new home. One event – the East Austin Studio Tour – was probably one of my best investments of time in understanding the community.

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