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Texas' Historic Towns

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From 18th-century Spanish missions and settlements on the western frontier to the lands where the buffalo roamed, Texas’s historic towns are as varied as the state is big. For the traveler looking to step into back in time, here are seven towns that will let you dive into the state’s fascinating past.
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126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
A significant group of German emigrants established communities here in the mid-19th century, and their influence can still be felt throughout the state. In Fredericksburg, German traditions and culture endure to the present day, making it a...
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115 W Main St, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
Like many towns in the region, Brenham was established in the mid-19th century, and prospered with the arrival of the railroad in 1861, followed by the surge of European immigration. Today, its historic downtown has an enviable, picturesque...
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152 West End St, Goliad, TX 77963, USA
One of the most historic spots in Texas, Goliad and the historic sites nearby provide a singular window into the state’s Spanish, Mexican, and Republic of Texas legacies. Get a feel for colonial missionary life at the Mission Espíritu Santo State...
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At one time, the port city of Galveston, on Galveston Island, was the largest in Texas. It was also the place of many firsts: the Galveston Pavilion, a social club, was one of the first in the state to be illuminated with electricity, and the city...
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113 State St, Fort Davis, TX 79734, USA
Fort Davis, a national historic site administered by the National Park Service, was established as a frontier U.S. military post to protect settlers, travelers, and mail coaches from attacks by Comanche and Apache. Visitors should allow two hours...
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312 W Main St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961, USA
Nacogdoches is one of the oldest towns in the state, with origins going back to the 17th-century French trade with the Nacogdoche Indians, followed by the establishment of Spanish missions in 1716. (In 1779, the Spanish Crown granted the...
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Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Established in 1863 as a railroad freight headquarters station, this far-west Texas town enjoyed a moment of Hollywood glamour when Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson stayed here during the filming of the 1956 motion picture Giant. But...