If there’s anything Texans love as much as pecans and bluebonnets, it’s the road. We have many names for the road—the highway, the freeway, the interstate, farm-to-market roads, and ranch roads. Each of those has a specific feeling to us, each conjures a different vibe. But what about those roads that run alongside our largest byways? The ones that you enter and exit those main roads from and to? Well, there’s not really a consensus on that, save for in the southeast corner of Texas, where Houston, and Houston alone in America, calls them “feeder roads.” We’ll explore how and why this came to be, and what other Texans call these byways, and we’ll also probe the myth of a mysterious Texas Cajun whose name inspired that of the longest road in the state of Texas. Or not.
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