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Lubbock musician Andy Hedges has put out a fine new album featuring his characteristic interpretations of classic cowboy and traditional folk tunes.

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Those who take time to explore the “Hub City” will find a notable wine scene, thanks to the High Plains’ bounty of vineyards, an influential music scene, and a fascinating selection of museums. Few cities honor their heritage as enjoyably as Lubbock, home to museums focused on Buddy Holly, windmills, agriculture, and—a favorite top destination nominee for a number of TH readers—the National Ranching Heritage Center.

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The Texas Highways Readers' Choice Top 40 Travel Destinations

Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations. And share you did—by phone, email, Facebook, and through many amazingly detailed letters. Thousands of TH readers helped to shape the final list, which we will divulge throughout 2014, Texas Highways’ 40th-anniversary year.

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Illustration by Michael Witte

I grew up in a family devoted to road-trips, but they were not just a vacation thing. Weekends often found us heading out to nowhere in particular, assured that my mother or father would find something of interest to share with us along the way.

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Wine grapes grow well in Texas High Plains due to the soil composition, high elevation and semi-arid climate. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

A  six-foot steel sculpture of a corkscrew marks the entrance to McPherson Cellars in downtown Lubbock. Inside, the modern theme continues in a sleek tasting room with dark walls, polished floors, and local artwork.

Published in FOOD & DRINK

By Nola McKey


While Lubbock is a relatively new city—the High Plains hub celebrates its centennial this year—the area has surprisingly strong connections to late-medieval Europe. A major exhibition highlighting these connections, The Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New, opened at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection on Aug. 25 and runs through April 4, 2009. Among the items displayed: a chain mail gauntlet, a horseshoe, and two coins from the 1480s, which were left behind by members of Vásquez de Coronado’s expedition in the 1600s as they passed through nearby Blanco Canyon looking for the Lost City of Gold.


The exhibit also includes items from the 18th-Century Mission and Presidio San Sabá sites near Menard, which Texas Tech researchers have been excavating since 2000. The sites have yielded such treasures as a gunstock, knives, mouth harps, dice, glass beads, and kitchen items. Texas Tech scholars at the university’s campus in Seville, Spain, have simultaneously searched the Archive of the Indies in an effort to fill in historical gaps and have found maps, orders for equipment, and other documents related to the San Sabá venture.


Medieval Southwest gives visitors a glimpse of the Southwest as it was at the end of the European Middle Ages and reveals how Old World themes and technologies have carried forward. One example: The Texas Tech campus itself, with its original Spanish Renaissance architectural theme, was inspired by the University of Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, Spain, whose main building dates to Coronado’s times.


For more information, call 806/742-3749. 


Published in For the Road (Archive)

After a tour of Blue Bell’s busy ice cream plant in Brenham, visitors can relax with a king-size scoop of their favorite flavor.

When it comes to food, Lone Star pride stretches across Texas. Around the state, large commercial ovens, kettles, and steamers cook up flavors that please palates from the Gulf Coast to the Red River and beyond. Pickles, ice cream, tamales, candy, and more—if you plan your travels right, you can dine along the way solely on made-in-Texas fare.

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Lubbock visitors looking for reminders of Buddy Holly don't have to look far. For starters, one of the main downtown thoroughfares is named Buddy Holly Ave. It runs north from 25th St. to just past 1st St.

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