The legendary cattle empire had been largely closed off from the outside world until the magazine’s founding editor gained access to King Ranch.
It may not have been safe, but it sure was fun.
The Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College has grown into a nationally recognized collection specializing Civil War history.
Over several years, Richard West spent two months in seven Texas locales. His reporting eventually won the National Magazine Award.
Galveston was once the Ellis Island of the South. But Jewish arrivals had to navigate a society marked by racial and religious politics.
The seventh-generation Texan is roaming the state in her van, registering voters—and digging into her family's history in the long struggle for voting rights.
Gene Fernandez has an outfit for every story, but his infectious love for local history is the star of the show.
Northeast Texas–born Byron Bennett was one of four key researchers on the team that created the lifesaving vaccine, but the spotlight shone only on Jonas Salk.
Greg Curtis’s first story about Sam Corey was supposed to be a colorful human interest piece, but in some ways it was actually the beginning of a heinous murder.
Joey Sanchez and Eric Maier are behind the Blue Tile Project, a movement to locate and restore the original tile street signs across the Bayou City.
He was the magazine’s first big hire and—over the next few decades—delivered some of its most memorable stories.
A popular columnist embeds herself inside the exclusive world of girls’ summer camps.
A pair of Texas Monthly writers chronicle an emerging scene that would end up defining a city and changing American music forever.
Bill Broyles—now best known as a Hollywood screenwriter—remembers the magazine’s first issue.
How a simple, two-chord song written by an Iowan became (clap clap clap clap) our unofficial state anthem.
Archaeologists are uncovering new clues at a canyon where ancient Texans once hunted bison en masse.
Once eaten by woolly mammoths, and later used by Indigenous Texans and settlers for its sturdy wood, this strange plant has spread from Texas across the country.
Performing death-defying trapeze stunts in drag, he shocked Parisian audiences.
Need help saddling your 1,300-pound dromedary? The Southwest Camel Conference is the place to be.
How an Amarillo oilman stole the mask right off the Lone Ranger’s face, and made one of film’s most infamous failures in the process.
Olivewood Cemetery is the resting ground of many Houston trailblazers and an important piece of the history of the African diaspora.
Decades after the Wichita County town saved its stadium from an oilman’s plan to drill at midfield, the structure has been condemned—after pipes once donated by oil companies rusted out.
A recent tribute in Archer City gave Texans an overdue opportunity to pay their respects to their state’s greatest writer.
Ann Richards, Farrah Fawcett, Beyoncé. An excerpt from TM’s new book, ‘Being Texan,’ explores a strain of toughness in the iconography of the state’s females.
Owners and employees of five haunted hotels describe their most unsettling encounters with less-than-corporeal guests.
The UT historian and newly minted MacArthur fellow wants justice for victims and their descendants.
First published in 1987, ‘The Accommodation’ still resonates today.
Part historical text, part recipe book, ‘Lost Restaurants’ memorializes the self-made entrepreneurs who uplifted the island during its years of segregation.
No Googling allowed.
The Texas native helped make the music video into an art form, and was instrumental in creating the network that defined a generation.
The former first lady is best known for her love of wildflowers, but this peaceful, dreamy show reveals much more.
Apparently, children did not find him creepy in the 1950s.
His almost superhuman exploits made him one of the West's most feared lawmen. Today, the legendary deputy U.S. marshal is widely believed to be the real Lone Ranger. But his true legacy is even greater.
Waco-born baritone Jules Bledsoe starred on Broadway and toured Europe, but his original opera and other works languish in obscurity. A Baylor professor hopes to change that.
Reginald Adams led the team that designed ‘Absolute Equality,’ a landmark mural marking the spot where slavery was abolished in Texas.
Lyndon B. Johnson rehearsed his speech in the bathroom, the new fountain doused the guests, and the booze flowed freely.
Is Phil Collins’s legendary Texana collection everything it’s cracked up to be? An adapted excerpt from ‘Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.’
The Texas Rangers Tried (and Failed) to Capture Pancho Villa. The Conflict Still Shapes the Texas-Mexico Border Today.
Jeff Guinn’s ‘War on the Border’ punctures the myth of the Rangers as frontier heroes.
Juanita Craft Helped Integrate the Texas State Fair—And Inspired the Next Generation of Civil Rights Activists
The subject of our latest Texans You Should Know history profile started 182 NAACP chapters and welcomed kids and power brokers alike into her South Dallas home.
This exclusive excerpt from a new biography of the late first lady chronicles an emotionally fraught experience in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The nurse and activist helped secure the country’s first federal family-planning grant, which became a national model.
The San Antonio producer created a style that would endure for decades—and he helped Selena get her start.
Walter Prescott Webb’s previously unpublished memoir recounts the experiences that shaped his best-known—and most controversial—works.
Until 1968, a Married Texas Woman Couldn’t Own Property or Start a Business Without Her Husband’s Permission. This Dallas Attorney Changed That.
Louise Raggio fought to pass a landmark law that gave equal rights to Texas women.
Plus: the pleasures of pickling, a feminist take on the Mexican Revolution, and a Georgetown jeweler.
How a Texas Ranger’s personal mythology came to be accepted as popular history.
With chatter about Texas leaving the union on the rise, two new books remind us what it was like the last time we tried to go it alone.
A Houston exhibit of images scavenged from junk shops and flea markets offers a view of the past that anticipates the present.
George McJunkin found a prehistoric bison skeleton that upended theories about human existence in the Americas.
Slavery Was Integral to Texas’s Transition From Republic to Statehood, but This Textbook Doesn’t Tell the Full Story
The version of Texas history taught in school is often anglicized and sanitized. We examine how one textbook falls short.