Texas Icons

Stories of the characters, places, and institutions that have shaped the great state of Texas for the past fifty years.

Illustration by Braulio Amado; animation by Lyon Graulty

Food & Drink

“The taco is a culinary welcome wagon, inviting Texans to be more adventurous in their eating habits while offering immigrant diners a passage into American cuisine.”

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Sports

Politics & History

Texas, By the Numbers

Business & Innovation

Mary Kay Ash, president of Mary Kay Cosmetics, is seen in her Dallas office in January 1982.

Sixteen of the Most Influential Texas Business Icons of the Past 50 Years

Texas, By the Numbers

The Arts

Texas, By the Numbers

Style

“Neiman’s was far more than a store. It was a finishing school for the well-bred, proof to the outside world that Texas was not a place dominated by hicks or flashy rubes.”

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The Natural World

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“Again and again, when the chips are down, Texans have managed to prevail.”

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