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By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion, Photos by Patrick Hughey

San Antonio’s bustling urban environs belie its role in the Texas Revolution. Although it’s challenging to imagine the nation’s seventh-largest city as it appeared in the mid-1800s, pockets of independence-era vestiges remain scattered throughout downtown. 

In fact, one of the best places to see...

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Tex Mex plate

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of The Medallion.

By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor of The Medallion

Culinary customs are often a matter of taste, but temperatures may rise when opinions differ about the proper “traditional” approach. 

Take, for example, the modest molcajete, a staple in kitchens of South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The...

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By Rachel Galan, Assistant Site Manager, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

In this time, when we are asked to draw in and make our worlds smaller, when groceries are sometimes hard to come by, and we are trying to minimize our trips to public places, I’ve noticed people’s focus and interest return to foraging for wild food and medicine, gardening, and other homesteading activities...

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Aerial view of the Karnes County Courthouse

By Rob Hodges and Andy Rhodes, Texas Historical Commission Communications Division

On an unusually brisk April afternoon in 2018, county residents packed the courthouse square in Karnes City, located about an hour’s drive southeast of San Antonio. They were celebrating one of the most dramatic transformations in the 20-year history of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas...

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By Jeff Harris, Site Manager, Magoffin Home State Historic Site

When I first arrived at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site almost three years ago, I was aware of adobe buildings from National Geographic magazine, TV history shows, and a wee bit I think I remembered from fifth-grade social studies.

I had never visited an adobe home before, much less an adobe mansion like the...

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fort lancaster

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of The Medallion.

By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion

Standing on a rocky bluff overlooking the panoramic oak-lined brim of the Edwards Plateau, it's easy to imagine Fort McKavett in 1852. The site has changed little in 160 years, but there's something beyond the physical landscape that conjures...

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Historic brewers

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, The Medallion Managing Editor

In the mid-1800s, Germans arriving in Texas were only a few decades removed from the first Oktoberfest in Bavaria. On October 12, 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess...

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King Ranch Cattle

This article originally appeared in a 2009 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, The Medallion Manging Editor

As unlikely as it may seem, America’s ranching legacy was revolutionized by a man who arrived on the Gulf Coast as a pre-teen stowaway. Richard King, who escaped from New York City in 1835 aboard a cargo ship, would subsequently commandeer...

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By Phil Parisi, Assistant Editor, The Medallion, July 1990

Three years after the U.S. Postal Service authorized the use of picture postcards in 1898, and well before the days of the long-distance telephone call, Americans were sending millions of cards to friends and family members across the country.

The golden age of picture postcards, which peaked around 1915, became a...

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Washington on Brazos

By Bailey Curwick, THC Communications Division

To an average tourist, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site could appear to be ordinary countryside northeast of Brenham. But to the Texas history enthusiast, it represents the start of an incredibly unique story.

The site is one of eight transferred in 2019 to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) from the Texas...

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