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Community works to restore legendary Turnverein Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Central Texas town of Bellville, Turnverein Pavilion has been a local landmark since the end...
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A man’s home is his castle

Bellville baker turns dreams into reality Mike Newman bestows knighthood upon a cadre of youngsters before allowing them to enter his realm – his castle where he reigns as king....
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Remembering Columbia

On the first day of February 2003 tragedy fell from the skies across East Texas when the space shuttle Columbia came apart after its heat shield over its left wing failed due to...
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First Sight of Texas

For more than 300 years Hemphill and Sabine County served as the overland gateway into the vast expanses of the Lone Star State. Back in the days when Texas was nothing more than...
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West: The Heart of Texas

No place holds the heart of Texas, and America in general, like a small town. People in the big cities might look down on small town folk with derision as they drive by on their...
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Craig Campobella: Hands Above the Rest

Imagine for a moment that you could step back in time and observe the expressions and emotions felt by the battle-weary Texians as they witness 100 dragoons coming over the hill...
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Charmingly Fun

Bastrop offers visitors plenty of fun for everybody. From outdoor activities on the beautiful Colorado River, to shopping and dining in the historic downtown, or browsing through...
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Texas’ Original Sport

From its roots grounded in the Texas cattle industry, rodeo was born as a test of skills for cowboys and cowgirls Rodeo was born in Texas — it had to be. Any not acknowledging...
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Cafés Across Texas

Must Be Heaven The City of Brenham is located in the heart of Washington County. Although most people think of it as the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, actually Brenham has one of...
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Relics of Yesterday

RELICS OF YESTERDAY SEARCHING FOR ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES & VINTAGE FINDS WITH LINDA Do what you love, love what you do The love of antiques began over 40 years ago for Brent...
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OUR LATEST RECIPES

Summer Easy

WHEN IT’S HOT OUTSIDE, DON’T HEAT UP THE KITCHEN. TRY THESE DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE RECIPES When the calendar turns over to June and the kids are out of school then you know summer has arrived. While the weatherman may say summer doesn’t get here until June 21, it’s...

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TRAVEL + LEISURE

Go On Safari

Grapeland Safari was born from the love of exotics by Wayne and Nona Herring. Located on 59 acres just north of Grapeland along U.S. 287, the high fence holds a variety of wildlife including camels, zebras, buffalo, kangaroo and so much more, including a cockatoo,...

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HISTORY + HERITAGE

BERCLAIR MANSION

Structure was once largest of its kind in the United States. A few miles southwest of Goliad in the community of Berclair sits a structure seemingly out of place on the plains of South Texas — the Berclair Mansion. A 75-year-old widow built the mansion in 1936. Etta...

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