A tavern keeper in Van Horn, the birdman of Port O’Connor: fifteen Texans who give their community its character.

A SMALL TOWN WITHOUT A CHARACTER OR TWO is like a water tower without graffiti or a buzzardless blue sky. Male or female, rich or poor, curmudgeonly or kind, small-town characters are the folks that everybody around knows by face, name, and reputation. Their roles may vary from place to place: Some are famous for being, well, a little different; others are community constants; still others are simply nice as pie. In these twelve photographs we pay tribute to some special Texans. They range from a 93-year-old retired teacher in West Texas to a 41-year-old entertainer in the Hill Country, but they all have one


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