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Written by Lois Rodriguez

La-Belle-one-twelfth-scale-modelAfter a 330-year journey, the legendary French ship La Belle has landed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Wrecked in Matagorda Bay in 1686, La Belle lay in a murky grave until 1995, when archeologists made the heralded discovery and carried out a painstaking excavation.

Heros: With a B-25 bomber as a backdrop, (left to right) retired Rear Admiral Charles D. Grojean (executive director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation), Leland Sims, Joseph Lajzer, Roger White, Howard Peacock, Chester Gould and Doug Hagie visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on this Veterans Day and always. Enjoy a few veteran stories we've shared, and find museums that help keep their stories alive.

flygirlsThey changed the face of the United States Military when they answered the call of duty in World War II. On Veterans Day, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will be celebrated at the Bullock Museum in Austin.

Texas Highways magazine recently won big at the annual International Regional Magazine Association conference and awards ceremony held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The awards recognize excellence in general-interest, regional publishing.Plates

bird blind--Davis Mountains State Park will soon offer bird watchers a new treat with the Nov. 14 dedication of a newly constructed bird blind.

th-facebook-fall-backwardDaylight Saving Time is upon us and, at 2 a.m. Sunday, we turn our clocks back one hour, and can count on spending that freebie hour however we please.

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On Halloween, we're reminded of the ghostly gathering spots and spooky stories, but those haunting tales and hot spots are good for a scare all year long.

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The fringed leather pouch that David Crockett carried his musket balls in the day he fell at the Alamo made its trip to Texas with Crockett in 1836. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, it returns to the Alamo via British pop-legend Phil Collins who is donating what is considered the biggest and best collection of Alamo artifacts ever assembled.

Texas Highways will be out and about this weekend. Find us at the Texas Book Festival in Austin and the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest.

Food Spice cmyk"With the resurgence of cooking shows, people are always looking for secret ingredients,” says Elsa Rodriguez Arguindegui, one of the family owners of Laredo’s La India Packing Company, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Food VodkaV2 cmykDating to the first experimental orchards planted in the 1880s, citrus fruits are among the most important crops of South Texas, contributing around $140 million annually to the state economy.

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On most days of the week, the various ovens and cooktops at the Texas Pecan Candy Shoppe in Schertz, just north of San Antonio, are hot and running by 5 a.m.

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