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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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Dallas Main Street

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

When attendees gather in Dallas for the national Main Street Now conference May 18–20, they’ll be surrounded by Main Street success stories. After getting their fill of inspiration from session speakers, visitors can experience the impressive spectrum of Metroplex Main Street communities—from urban...

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Text by Andy Rhodes, photos by Patrick Hughey

Maintaining a historic property can be a financial challenge. But when that building is walloped by 130-mph winds, it’s especially problematic. 

The THC’s Fulton Mansion State Historic Site received a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017. After ensuring the safety and well-being of the site’s staff and family...

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By Andy Rhodes and Rob Hodges, THC Communications Division

Glance at a Fayette County map, and you’ll see German and Czech community names dotting the landscape. Schulenburg was named for a German land donor, Roznov honors a Czechoslovakian hometown, and Flatonia is the namesake of German immigrant Friedrich Flato.

German pioneers immigrated to Spanish Texas in the 1830s...

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