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CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Now You See It: Texas Masters of Illusion

YUCCA THEATER. MIDLAND. September 21, 1981. The chairman of the local United Way fund-raising campaign stretches out in a supine…

To Err is Human, to Correct, Divine

Born in San Antonio in 1924, Bette Clair McMurray dreamed of becoming an artist, but World War II changed her…

Texas Haunts: Apparitions and Ghostly Visions

The sleepy town of Milford is home to a bed-and-breakfast inn that places a capital H on the word Haunting. Originally built…

Old Texas Gristmills

Do you remember the story of the little red hen? No one would help her do anything. “Then I’ll do…

Icehouses—Vintage Spaces with a Cool History

Cubes of ice clink brightly in a tall tumbler of iced tea. Ahhh, what a refreshing sound! The cold chills…

In Griff's Element

Photographers, take note: Those of you who have long admired photographer J. Griffis Smith’s inventive work for Texas Highways can now learn…

Governor Willie

Texas’ oil booms attracted remarkable characters, and every boom town had its own. In Kilgore (see story, page 12), the…

Folks, Let’'s Polka

Most months out of the year in Texas, you’ll find a full plate of festivals celebrating everything from fire ants…

Caverns and Currents

For lovers of Texas’ subterranean world, the mysterious caverns beneath the state’s varied topography provide wonderlands of discovery. And in…

The Light Crust Doughboys

Texans of every age still belt out “Beautiful Texas,” the ’30s-vintage song written by the Light Crust Doughboys’ colorful sponsor,…

Pat the Long-Lived Horse

Pat the horse served for 26 years with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division. After “enlisting” in 1912 at age…
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