But markers aren't the only evidence of roadside heritage along our byways. See if you can spot a few-like the first bluebonnets of the season; "descanos," the handmade altars honoring the deceased; longhorns lumbering along barbed wire fences; or roadrunners hunting the right-of-way. And Texans love roadside art whether it's taquerias festooned with holiday twinkle lights in July or yard dcor made from glass bottles and carved tree stumps.
Route 66 - the mother road - began a legacy of neon cowboy giants that have fostered newer icons like Paisano Pete at Fort Stockton or the 67-foot tall Sam Houston in Huntsville, while for some, nothing more than the ubiquitous windmill is needed to make our wanderings complete. Our roadside heritage is rich and deep, making it a great reason to hit the road. (And don't forget to do your part in keeping it litter-free!)