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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.


  • HERITAGE BY THE SEA The City by the Sea Museum, home of the Palacios Area Historical Association, occupies a 1910, two-story downtown building, one of the oldest in fact within the city limits. The restoration of the building is an ongoing...

  • On the edge of the Navasota River, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, commemorates a place where Confederate Civil War veterans and families reunited from 1889–1946. Today, visitors to...

  • CURANDERO Imagine a time in early Texas history when routine injuries and infections were life threatening. Before the advent of modern medical practices, Texans looked to the natural world for help in maintaining their health and well-being....

  • CANE SUGAR ONLY, PLEASE Soda pops and fountain drinks aren’t just sweet, cold refreshers for the Forts Trail community of Dublin; here at the Dublin Bottling Works soda pop means history. In 1891, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston...

  • $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...

  • First Shot Monuments Historic District

    In October 1835, the rising tension between the Mexican government and Texian settlers exploded into violence – and it happened near this spot. Like a slowly simmering fire, General Santa Anna’s distrust of the Texian settlers is...

  • Fischer’s Store was once the largest mercantile store in Texas, with 16 clerks helping customers find everything from pickles to threshers. The store and town were founded by the Fischer family, the descendants of whom still live in the...

  • TEXIANS REVOLT Fort Anahuac, established in 1830 along a bluff above the mouth of the Trinity River and Galveston Bay, served as new headquarters for soldiers under the command of Colonel Juan Davis Bradburn, a native Kentuckian serving in the...

  • ADOBE FORTRESS Traveling in the Big Bend, among the remnants of Texas’ frontier past, it’s easy to spend an afternoon imagining life a hundred years ago. Little has changed across this rambling desert and, fortunately for history...

  • Freedman's Cemetery, as the name suggests, belonged to a community of former slaves established in this area after the Civil War. Dedicated in 1869, the cemetery closed in the 1920s and suffered from both neglect and vandalism. In the 1930s-40s...