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Texas' Historic Buildings

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From the Alamo to Apollo Mission Control Center, from its forts to its stately houses, ranches and frontier towns, Texas cherishes its historic buildings with a passion hard to rival. Planning a trip to even just some of Texas' National Landmark buildings and historic sites may seem daunting given how many there are. Remember, however, that while Texas's history can feel bigger-than-life, the buildings where it unfolded are all human-scaled.
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300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The Alamo is a required attraction for first-time visitors to San Antonio. It's free to visit this iconic landmark, and the exhibits provide some interesting historic and cultural information. The gardens have some shady, quiet spots that offer a...
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Clear Lake, Houston, TX, USA
I landed in Houston, Texas, on a balmy Saturday afternoon. Friendly faces greeted me and handshakes followed. I was there on business for 5 days. On my day off, I planned a trip to the Johnson Space Center and bought my tickets online. I marveled...
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1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210, USA
Fair Park is an off the beaten path art deco treasure located in Dallas, Texas. The Esplanade was built for the Texas Centennial Celebration in the 1930's and most of the buildings and sculptures are still there - restored in 2007. It's a...
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411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
The famed and former Texas School Book Depository is a must-visit at least once for any visitor to Dallas. The permanent exhibit creates a portrait of the mood of the country during JFK's presidency up until the time of his assassination. The...
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105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The Spanish Governor's House is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest residential buildings in Texas. It's also a beautiful and rare example of the relatively luxurious lifestyles of the elite classes of the 18th-century Spanish...
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2401 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum encompasses 3 million objects and artifacts about the Panhandle region within one classic, 1930s Art Deco edifice. Inside, you'll find everything from dinosaurs found in the Panhandle to a collection that...
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129 W Kenedy Ave, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA
The real life working ranch that inspired both the book and the film was started in 1852 in the Wild Horse Desert of South Texas by Captain Richard King. He bought a Spanish land grant of 75,000 acres and began to breed the famous Santa Gertrudis...
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510 23rd St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
Victoriana isn't the only period you'll find in Galveston's historic "Strand" commerce district: the grand tradition of the American luncheonette drug store lives on at the Star Drugstore, "The Oldest Drugstore in Texas." The Star Drug Store feels...
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1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The Renaissance Revival building, designed by architect E.E. Myers and opened in 1888, was originally supposed to have an exterior made of limestone, but when that rock proved to streak when exposed to sunlight, "sunset red" granite quarried in...
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224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Built in 1929, the Majestic is San Antonio’s oldest and largest theater. A beloved historic landmark, it’s home to the San Antonio Symphony and hosts concerts, plays, and musicals three to five times a week. The magnificent interior...
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1836 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA
Walk around Woodland, the Houston family home on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, and you'll see the human side of the hero. The small house is a typical Texas Hill Country cottage built of logs and covered with...
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199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671, USA
After Lady Bird's death in 2007, the home at the LBJ National Park was gradually opened to guided visits with National Park Rangers. Most of the rooms of the house evoke the "Mad Men" era, having been restored to the décor when LBJ was president...
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301 S Main St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735, USA
Walking through the Annie Riggs Hotel Museum in Historic Fort Stockton is like strolling through time capsule. Everything here is arranged as if the users just went out for a coffee; the floorboards creek as you snake your way through the...
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Marlon Brando filmed Viva Zapata! here, and you can see old movie posters in the Roma Historical Museum, housed in a building near the Plaza that was once a Mission church. Founded in 1765, Roma's bustling riverboat era has left architectural...