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Life on the Edge of the Lone Star State

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The cover of the June 2022 issue of Texas Highways Magazine

Life on the Edge of the Lone Star State


While many of Texas’ well-known attractions are found deep within the state, a visit to the borders brings a new perspective on Texas culture.⁠

In our June 2022 issue, we explore stories from the swamps of the east to Big Bend’s natural wonders in the west. Senior writer Clayton Maxwell examines how the Texas-Louisiana border blurs at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Writer-at-large John Nova Lomax shares how descendants of the Karankawa people on the Gulf Coast are reclaiming their heritage. And author Katie Gutierrez visits her hometown of Laredo to showcase the duality of life on the border.⁠

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The San Agustín steeple is visible from La Posada HotelPhoto by Christ Chávez

Laredo Is the Land of Always Both and Neither


Mexican and American cultures blend into something new in the South Texas border town.


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Karankawa descendant Chiara Sunshine Beaumont, of Austin
Photo by Kenny Braun

Karankawa Descendants Are Reclaiming Their Heritage After Being Written Off as Extinct


New research and oral histories indicate most stereotypes about the Gulf Coast tribe are wrong.

Winter cypresses and pines reflected in Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Photo by Kenny Braun

Texas and Louisiana Find Common Ground Along Toledo Bend Reservoir


The bass fishing mecca touts stunning lake views, tasty tamales and meat pies, and shoreside cabins.

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