Peculiar Town Names Part IV
What do Muleshoe, Salty, Bobo, Noodle, and Lazbuddie have in common? They are all peculiar names of towns around the state! The reasons for the unusual appellations are sometimes simple, sometimes obscure, but usually explainable. Each town was once a thriving community that picked their name to reflect monumental qualities for which they were once known! Here are explanations for the unusual names of ten towns that you might have come across in your travels.
Peculiar Town Names Part III
If you have ever taken a road trip through Texas, you are sure to have noticed that some towns that have very peculiar names. Many honor people, perhaps founders, sweethearts, or heroes. Other town names seem to describe the surrounding terrain or perhaps a whimsical landmark.
Peculiar Town Names Part I
If you have ever driven through some of the back roads in Texas, you know that there are also many inexplicably strange town names. Why would anyone name a town Frognot, Bug Tussle, or Oatmeal? What about Ding Dong, Dime Box, or Hoot and Holler? Ah, as Shakespeare once wrote, “therein hangs a tale!”
Legacies of Texas: The Wit, Grit, and Wisdom of Aaron Watson
Working in the music industry, many would find it easy to get caught up in the glamorous charm of fame, favor, and fascination. In pursuit of that neon dream, some would even risk it all in exchange for a small taste of stardom. However, in eyes of Texas country music artist Aaron Watson, the life that glittered hardly seemed made of gold.
Aaron Watson’s Texas Favorites
In an exclusive sit-down interview with Aaron Watson himself, a member of Texasliving's editorial team gathered a list of his favorite spots in the Lone Star State. From his favorite Texas sports teams to his personal favorite barbque joint, find out the facts you may not have known about Texas country music's Honky Tonk Kid!
A Native Texas Trout
Fly fishing is a much-romanticized pastime beloved by outdoorsmen the world over. Wading in pristine mountain streams and casting flies hand-tied out of animal hair towards wild and elusive fish are so enticing that movies such as A River Runs Through It practically make themselves.
Dr Pepper’s Beginning
Back in 1885, over 130 years ago, before its inscrutable list of 23 ingredients was locked away in two separate Dallas banks, no one had ever even heard of Dr Pepper, or, for that matter knew the recipe. That is, with the exception of pharmacist Charles “Doc” Alderton. In between concocting elixirs for cough syrups and stomach remedies at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Alderton unwittingly became a soda pop pioneer. It was here at this drugstore that Dr Pepper, the world’s oldest major soft drink, was born.
The Many Capitals of Texas
How many capital cities has Texas had? The answer, as with so many questions about Texas history, is: it depends. It depends on whether you are talking about French Texas, Spanish Texas, Mexican Texas, or present-day Texas. Nevertheless, forgotten history is full of surprises, and the story of Texas’s many capitals is no exception.
In the summer of 1854, a destitute stowaway on a Texas-bound schooner was discovered and forced to work for his passage. After handling freight to pay for his travel, nineteen-year-old Abel Head Pierce, a native of Little Compton, Rhode Island, landed at the Texas port of Indianola five months after leaving home. The meeting between Pierce and the rich soil of the coastal plains of Texas might have been destiny. The young man would go on to amass a fortune in land and cattle, not far from where he first disembarked.