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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
You haven’t truly experienced Texas until you’ve visited the hallowed grounds of the Alamo. Established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the building is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, a 13-day...
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Clear Lake, Houston, TX, USA
Who hasn’t daydreamed about being an astronaut at least once? Thankfully, Space Center Houston makes it easy to learn about the great beyond. It’s the area’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the first...
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1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210, USA
If you’ve ventured to this complex only for the annual Texas State Fair, you’re missing out—there’s much more to this National Historic Landmark. Spread out over 277 acres east of downtown, Fair Park does have fairground...
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411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
When President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas in November 1963, the world was introduced to the Texas School Book Depository building, which became the primary crime scene for the assassination. It was from a sixth-floor window in this brick...
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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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2503 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...