The September issue of Texas Highways takes readers to “True, Texas, a collective community of the imagination.” The town of True features landmarks and icons from across the state that symbolize one idea of the authentic, the true Texas.
The editors chose Eastland’s restored Majestic Theatre, which dates to 1920, as True’s movie palace. “Four nights a week, the neon marquee of the Majestic serves as a beacon, calling moviegoers in,” says Editor Charles Lohrmann. “Not only does it continue to offer entertainment, but as a longtime landmark, it helps the community maintain its identity.”
True’s water tower, which hails from Bandera, serves a similar function. Erected in 1947, it’s emblematic of the water towers that stand sentry at the heart of many Texas towns. When the Bandera City Council considered not repainting the local football team’s claim to fame on the side, a minor uprising ensued, and boosters soon raised the necessary funds.
“These institutions and icons are fragile,” says Lohrmann. “Each one reflects a sense of purpose and a commitment to keep a locally focused vision alive. We’re not saying they represent the only Texas. But we believe they do represent a sense of the true Texas.”
Texas Highways’ other picks for True, Texas, icons follow: Courthouse—Donley County Courthouse, Clarendon; Café—H&H Car Wash and Coffee Shop, El Paso; Hotel—Olle Hotel, Flatonia; High School Football—C.H. Yoe High Yoemen, Cameron; Artisan—Henry Camargo, Camargo’s Boots, Mercedes; General Store—T.C. Lindsey & Company, Jonesville; Dance Hall—Fischer Hall, Fischer; Town Mascot—National Mule Memorial, Muleshoe; and Street Sign—Monahans.
The September issue also spotlights the Caverns of Sonora, a world-class show cave in a rugged setting southwest of Sonora. With magnificent crystalline formations from angel wings to coral trees, it’s often compared to a giant, sparkling geode.
A story on small-town fall festivals rounds out the features. Themes range from marking the end of chigger season (Delta County Chiggerfest in Cooper) to storytelling (George West Storyfest), but all of these annual celebrations involve fun and feasting.
The lineup also includes articles on some of the intriguing destinations just off I-35, a guest ranch near Bellville, Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music,” and the new brasseries and bistros popping up across the state.