Great State Parks – Fall Color in the Pineywoods

Monday we took a sneak peek (or sneak "peak" peek) at fall color in the Hill Country and Davis Mountains...but wait! There's more! If you live in East Texas, try one of these parks while the weather's glorious. And if you don't like camping in the rough, never fear. Several state parks have more "civilized" cabins for rent at extremely reasonable prices. Daingerfield State Read More

Great State Parks – Fall Color in the Hill Country and West Texas Mountains


When we think of Texas in the fall, we're more likely to think "chili" than "chilly", but here are some great state parks where you can see beautiful fall foliage when autumn nips the temperatures. Lost Maples State Natural Area According to the Fall Foliage Report Archives, best color runs late October through mid-November. Davis Mountains State Park   Check Read More

Famous Texan – Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek

When we think of explorers and pioneers, we usually think of history, but one famous Texan--Gene Roddenberry--imagined futuristic explorers and pioneers who would "boldly go where no man had gone before."   His Star Trek series originally ran from 1966-1969 and went on to become a cult favorite with numerous spin-offs. Rodenberry received awards from the Writers guild of Read More

Llano Estacado

Llano Estacado

...means "staked plains" or "palisade plains." However you translate it, it's a huge high mesa that covers much of the Texas panhandle and is bounded by the Caprock Escarpment on its south-eastern edge. It may well be the escarpment that inspired the description of "stakes" or "palisades".   (This picture, by the way, was borrowed from the blog of Myra H. Macilvain, an Read More

Coronado, Quivira, and the Seven Cities of Cibola


On October 20, 1541, the Spanish explorer Francisco Coronado wrote in a letter to King Charles V of Spain, "I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I travelled over them for more than 300 leagues ... with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea ... [T]here was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a Read More

Fort Martin Scott

Fort Martin Scott

Any time is a good time to visit one of our historic Texas forts, and Fort Martin Scott near Fredericksburg is no exception. Established in December 1848, the post was first called Camp Houston but was renamed the next year in honor of Major Martin Scott. On a site likely used by Texas Rangers in the previous two decades, the soldiers of the First Infantry and Second Dragoons Read More

Dwight David Eisenhower

Texas Presidents

On October 14, 1890 Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. He grew up to be an important American military General and the first of four US Presidents who came from Texas.   Dwight D Eisenhower             Lyndon B Johnson              George H W Bush              George W Bush Read More

Historical Interpreters

Doug Baum

Historical interpreters are a wonderful resource! These guys and gals dress in period costume and "become" a person out of history. Students love to ask them questions and often relate to them as if they were time-travelers. Here are four of the historical interpreters I encountered at the Texas Heritage Living History Day last week.       Doug Baum Read More

Sights and Sounds Abound at Texas Heritage Living History Day


Though the Texas Heritage Living History Day is over for this year, it's a longstanding annual event that would be well worth your time next year! Here's a sampling of the sights and sounds. Even Comanche warriors eat lunch, I guess. The teepee was empty when I stopped by for a picture, but later on I saw a large gathering of kiddos talking with the costumed interpreter. He Read More