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CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

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…

Famous Texans Reveal What They Love About Texas

Texas celebrities tell what they love most about their home state. Their choices reveal a lot about the ties that…

Speaking of Texas History

Popular as it is—and it has long been our readers’ favorite column—Speaking of Texas is a gate-crasher where this magazine’s…

Remembering JFK: The Sixth Floor Museum

In the 20 years following the assassination, the seven-story, red brick building that housed the Book Depository changed hands and…

Texas Quilts: Stitches in Time

From homespun 19th-Century bedcovers to elaborate, computer-inspired creations, Texas has a long quilting tradition. If you'd like to learn more…

Ghosts, Goblins, and Galveston

In one of Texas’ oldest cities, where dozens of buildings boast creaky floors and historical markers, it’s easy to get…

Governor’s Mansion’s Ghost

A suicide in Austin spawned the Governor’s Mansion’s most famous ghost story. It happened during the Civil War, when a…

Texas Architecture

Choose a dozen buildings. This is hard to do because Texas architecture in this century is so rich. Although it…

Texas Courthouses

Whether a county preserves its vintage courthouse or opts for the convenience of newer construction, the courthouse walls contain the…

Alfred Giles, Architect

Alfred Giles (1853-1920), a well-known Texas architect of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was commissioned in 1881 to…
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