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Hidden Treasures

As you explore the back roads and freeways of Texas, you won’t need to look far to find a place telling a story that may surprise, mystify, astound, teach, or entertain. Count on curiosity and a hidden treasure to find those “Aha!” moments in the vast places across the state where Texas history happened.


  • Anson’s post office lobby features a 12-foot mural, “Cowboy Dance,” painted in 1941 by Jenne Magafan for a Depression-era federal government program employing artists. The scene depicts westerners at a frontier dance, similar to...

  • WESTERN SWING KING James Robert Wills, born in 1905 near the Texas community of Kosse, learned to play frontier fiddle music from his father and grandfather. But he also learned to play blues and jazz, picking up the style from African Americans...

  • The museum is located in the house that served as John Nance Garner's home for more than thirty years and tells the stories of the remarkable lives of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner and Dolph Briscoe, both Uvalde natives and...

  • Cotulla’s Brush Country Museum rekindles La Salle County history in a small white house and adjacent school building. A replica parlor, bedroom, kitchen and doctor’s office recall early-20th-century life. The schoolroom features displays...

  • Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War Camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Established in August of 1863, the camp was not closed until May 19, 1865. At its peak in July 1864, over 5,300 prisoners were...

  • HOME TO FIVE THOUSAND PRISONERS OF WAR During the Second World War, the United States established prisoner of war camps throughout the country including seventy camps in Texas, housing approximately 50,000 captured enemy soldiers. Five thousand...

  • BEAUTY UNDERGROUND Co-founder of the National Speleological Society Bill Stephenson once said of the stunning environment found in the Caverns of Sonora that “…its beauty cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans”. It’s a wry...

  • Charles Goodnight Home

    Charles Goodnight, along with business partner John Adair, established the JA Ranch, the first cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, in 1887 in the Palo Duro Canyon area. At the Charles Goodnight Historical Center, the 1887 Victorian-style...

  • Walk through time and legend along the Chisholm Trail – explore cattle ranching in the Guadalupe Valley, regional development before and after the Great Cattle drives of the late 1800s, and the enduring folklore of the Texas cowboy. Rich...

  • The Cibolo Nature Center is located on what was once Herff Farm, established in 1852 by pioneer surgeon Dr. Ferdinand Herff. Today, the Center contains 100 acres of Hill Country trails and wilderness, perfect for for field trips, family outings...