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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.


  • Fire Station Museum, Mount Vernon

    EGGS AND FOOTBALLS Texans who love their football will probably appreciate the collection of Don Meredith memorabilia on display at the Fire Station Museum in Mount Vernon, hometown of the pro-football legend. The museum, housed in a 1940’s...

  • REMEMBERING AND HONORING Huntsville’s H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum staff estimate we are losing a significant number of World War II veterans every single day. Therefore, the Museum was created for and about veterans to honor and remember...

  • HIDDEN FACES, HOLLOW ROCKS A unique geology and a relative abundance of water made the Hueco Tanks site a refuge for nature and humans for over ten thousand years. Formed thirty four million years ago when magma entered an older limestone...

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  • Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark is a unique archaeological site. It is the only one in North America that has a complete record of nearly 12,000 years of human history located in one place, and uncovered by scientists. It is also a natural...

  • Monahans Sandhills State Park consists of 3,840 acres of sand dunes, some up to 70 feet high, in Ward and Winkler Counties, about a half-hour's drive west of Odessa. The park is only a small portion of a dune field that extends about 200 miles...

  • LIMESTONE COWBOY The attraction of Kerrville’s Museum of Western Art lies as much in its outside walls as in the artwork found inside. The structure’s heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone, created to resemble...

  • The Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center consists of two award-winning museums, the Depot Museum and the Farmstead Museum. The Pittsburg Depot was obtained by the city from the Southern Pacific Railroad and now houses a fascinating array of...

  • RESCUE RESTORATION Bartolomé García, local rancher and Laredo mayor during the mid- 1800s, probably never imagined that his home on San Agustín Plaza in downtown Laredo would one day serve as the Republic of the Rio Grande...