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Love Letters to Texas

Jan 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly has been giving Texans, both new and old, insights into this exceptional state for nearly half a century. Our February 2019 collector’s issue curates stories from our archives that celebrate the Texas icons and oddities that so many of us treasure, and reflect our love of the state’s land, traditions, and characters.

The Power Issue: 31 Texans Taking Charge

Nov 18, 2018 By Texas Monthly

From gymnast Simone Biles and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner to political megadonor Tim Dunn, here are 31 Texans who are changing the way we think about politics, education, food, philanthropy, and, well, pretty much everything else.

The Love Story That Upended the Texas Prison System

Oct 11, 2018 By Ethan Watters

In 1967, a 56-year-old lawyer met a young inmate with a brilliant mind and horrifying stories about life inside. Their complicated alliance—and even more complicated romance—would shed light on a nationwide scandal, disrupt a system of abuse and virtual slavery across the state, and change incarceration in Texas forever.  

The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo

Jun 22, 2018 By Christian Wallace

Five decades ago, Myrtis Dightman broke the color barrier in professional rodeo and became one of the best bull riders who ever lived. But his imprint on the sport was only just beginning.

Steve Miller
Growing Up With Steve Miller

May 29, 2018 By Max Marshall

Eleven years ago, the man who topped the charts with ‘The Joker’ and ‘Rock’n Me’ took a thirteen-year-old guitarist and would-be songwriter under his wing. Eleven years later, he’s still teaching me lessons on how to be an adult.

Mothers in Peril

Apr 18, 2018 By Ricardo Nuila

A harrowing journey through Houston’s health care system offers an inside look at why so many women are dying after giving birth.

Armored Car Robbery
The Doting Boyfriend Who Robbed Armored Cars

Apr 18, 2018 By Skip Hollandsworth

Beginning in 2015, Houston was plagued by a series of brutal armored car robberies that bewildered FBI agents for nearly two years. To finally bring down the unassuming mastermind behind it all, the agents had to stage an elaborate trap—and catch him in the act.

Gabby Sones
The Girl Who Told the Truth

Feb 21, 2018 By Michael Hall

A decade ago, Gabby Sones accused her parents and five others of running the most depraved child sex ring in Texas history. Now she’s ready to clear their names.

15 Innovators Reshaping Texas

Jan 23, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Today’s wildcatters find rich veins of opportunity in everything from tortillas to interplanetary travel. Meet the dreamers and risk-takers shaping our future.

A Brief History of Texas Innovators

Jan 23, 2018 By David Courtney

When the early Texas rancher Charles Goodnight invented the chuck wagon, in 1866, he didn’t just presage today’s food trucks; he solved an immediate problem, which was how to keep cowboys on the remote parts of the range well-fed. During the rough-and-tumble frontier days, Texas demanded such…

How Whitney Wolfe Herd Changed the Dating Game

Jan 17, 2018 By Sarah Hepola

The first time I heard about Bumble, I was complaining about dating apps, a favorite pastime of those of us consigned to them. This was December 2015, and I’d spent four months swiping right (but mostly left) on Tinder. It had yielded three good dates, one of which turned…

New York Giant quarterback Y.A. Tittle
People We’ll Miss 2017

Jan 12, 2018 By Leif Reigstad

From our forty-third governor to the unofficial fishing guide for Caddo Lake, we lost a lot of great Texans this year. Here are the people we’ll miss.

Texans of the Year

Dec 21, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Selecting the Bum Steers can be a bit of a drag. That's why this year we're supplementing our list with something a bit more upbeat.