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113th Anniversary of Spindletop Oil Discovery

These days, Texas is practically synonymous with the oil business. But the industry was very new in 1901, when drillers…

The Zoo Scoop

I’ll confess that I have never been a big zoo fan—until recently, that is. I blame the small, sad zoos…

Texas Top 40 No. 36, Houston

A longtime hub for innovation in energy and medicine, Houston has come into its own as a vacation destination in recent…

Birds and the Trees

To see south Texas in its natural state and how the Rio Grande Valley looked before it was cut into…

Los Algodones

The bloody American conflict didn’t reduce demand for southern cotton at textile mills in places like England, France, and even…

The Woodlands' Wonderland

Each year the hectic pace of the holiday season takes me captive, rendering the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s…

Fried and True

The woman at the next table whispered something to me. “Anchovy paste,” she said.

Where the Santa Gertrudis Roam

How does one convey the breadth of King Ranch in the annals of Texas history?  

Hunting for Haunted Galveston

The woman behind the registration desk at the Hotel Galvez glanced at the number as she handed me my keycard.…

Eye-Opening Journeys

We teach our children to share our world by involving them in our interests. For this columnist that meant making…

Daytripper with Chet Garner: South Padre

On the southern edge of Texas, along the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a town that defies the typical “Texas” stereotypes.…
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