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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS RANCHES

The 1960’s were the golden age of the TV Western.  Many of the shows were centered around large cattle ranches.  Like other boys, the cowboys on TV were my heroes.  I would often dream of living on the Barkley Ranch, from the Big Valley or the Ponderosa Ranch from Bonanza – alway wanted to be […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The Guadalupe Mountains National Park, located in west Texas, is a center of geological wonderment.  This area preserves some of the exposed remains of the Capitan Reef, one of the worlds finest examples of ancient barrier reefs.  Seawater and decade marine organisms deposited lime along the shelf of the Delaware Basin of the Permian Sea, forming […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: PORT ISABEL CEMETERY – PORT ISABEL TEXAS

Hidden on the backroads of Texas are thousands of historic cemeteries that contain important  bits of history of the people who settled the Lone Star State.  A wonderful example of this is the Port Isabel Cemetery in Port Isabel, Texas.  Every summer tens of thousands people travel on Hwy 100 through Port Isabel on there […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS MUSIC

When traveling the backroads of Texas you need a full tank (or two) of gas and some good old Texas Music!  Thank goodness for satellite radio.  Not only is Texas the birthplace of many great musicians,  the state has been in the center of the developments of many types of music including; Tejano, Western Swing, […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: BIG BEND TEXAS

In far southwest Texas a vast area known as Big Bend.  This area is named for the vast curve of the Rio Grande River.  Throughout the years people have passed trough this area, including Indian tribes, Spanish conquistadores, U.S. Soldiers, miners, ranchers, farmers, and many legendary outlaws and bandits.  In the 1500’s several Indian tribes inhabited Big […]

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