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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.


  • WINGS OVER HOUSTON The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, located at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, preserves a rich heritage of civil aviation inside a classic Art Deco building – the historic Houston Municipal Airport terminal. The first...

  • A DESERT LEGACY The Barton Warnock Visitor Center, located a mile and a half east of Lajitas on FM 170, serves as the eastern entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Information, maps, gifts, potable water, interpretive exhibits, and RV camping...

  • The seat of Bexar County government has remained within two blocks of its present location since the Spanish established Villa de San Fernando in 1731, over two hundred and fifty years ago. The county’s previous Spanish citizenry, as well as...

  • The centerpiece of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village is the 1879 structure that housed both the courthouse and jail for Taylor County. A doctor’s office, barbershop, railroad depot, bank, post office, print shop, private homes, and the Nazarene...

  • Founded in 2000, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum preserves and promotes the history and traditions of African Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces, including the Buffalo Soldiers. The museum tells the stories of these largely unsung...

  • Originally constructed as a county jail in 1873, the city of San Marcos acquired this building in 1885 and turned it into a community recreation center after the county built a stone replacement jail. The Calaboose (from the Spanish word meaning...

  • 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...

  • EL PASO’S BOOT HILL Concordia Cemetery, resting place of famous (and infamous) El Pasoans began with the simple grave of Juana Ascarate in the 1840s, deceased wife of Chihuahuan trader Hugh Stephenson. By the 1880s, the graveyard had...

  • Shocked by the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the United States into World War II, thousands of Japanese, German, and Italian citizens in the U.S. were classified as Enemy Aliens and detained by the U.S. Department...

  • $1.50 BOUGHT YOU A MEAL AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP Imagine digging in to a homemade meal of meat and mashed potatoes, beans, cornbread, and apple pie then retiring for the night on a feather mattress bed – all for only $1.50. Fanthorp...