Cities Journal

Top 20 Small Cities In Texas


Almost everything about Texas is big. It is a big state, its cities are big, with big people live in big houses on big properties. When you go to restaurants in Texas, you get big portions and the biggest steaks you can imagine. We are not being nasty or anything, but even people in Texas seem to be a bit bigger than in the rest of the country.

However, as every real Texan will tell you, the true spirit of this big state is in its smaller cities and towns that have been around for a long time and where the atmosphere of a different America can still be felt in the air and in the ground. These are the places we are talking about today – the best small places in Texas.

1. Nacogdoches

Besides being a real handful to spell, Nacogdoches is also the oldest city in all of Texas, with a population of barely over 32,000. It is also the county seat of the Nacogdoches County and one very special little city.

It was originally a Spanish settlement, populated by mostly missionaries who were looking to baptize the Native American peoples living in the area at the time. It transitioned perfectly to an American city, blending its unique Spanish heritage with the hospitality for which the southern U.S. is famous for.

For a city of such a tiny size, Nacogdoches is sure packed with things to see, mostly historic monuments and sights of interest, such as the Oak Grove Cemetery, the Stone Fort, Old Stone Fort Museum, the Old University Building, Camp Tonkawa, Durst Taylor House and the Hotel Fredonia.

If you are visiting this gorgeous little city for the first time, your first stop should definitely be the Nacogdoches Historic Town Center and Visitors Center where you will be able to best plan out your stay.

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  • GoFaster58

    Full of red poppies? 99% of the poppies are on the east side of IH35 and you have to know where they are to find them. There’s really not that many. By the time of the Red Poppy Festival most of the poppies have faded away.
    GT is not made up of primarily retired people either. A lot of people have moved here from all parts of the nation for jobsin Austin. Georgetown is very diverse with people of all nationalities. Most of Sun City is not within the city limits.

  • Lindsey Moreno

    These people are on crack if they think Port Arthur is a good place to live. Sure if you want to end up in a ditch I guess.

  • Ashley Crawford

    This is my hometown! I’m in the military and I have a British husband. Every time we go home to visit he swears up and down that this is what he expects of small town America. It is welcoming, has great small events, a terrific high school, a great local government, and a train directly to Dallas’s diverse downtown.

  • Texas Native

    Most of these “small cities” are suburbs of the largest cities in the state – the only reason they’re “small” is due to their proximity to all the “big city” amenities that they don’t have to build for themselves. Not a very representative list of real “small city” Texas.

  • Redheaded Stepchild

    I don’t know who chose the photos for each of the named cities, but the deciders didn’t do anything to make the named cities look good. Sheesh.

  • shyhorse

    Baytown? Port Author? PLEASE! What about Nacogdoches or Jefferson! These to cities have more history and interest than all the cities mentioned combined!

  • booksbenji

    My Dear misinformed, delusional, high on THC friends, Baytown is on the east side of Houston , on the ship channel. Sugerland is in sw Harris county, way far from any body of water other than rice paddies & TDC&J farms & prisons. BTW< get a office in TEXASb that way you will not mistaken for dumb YANKEES!!!!!

  • booksbenji

    Baytown, Texas is found in the Gulf Coast region of Texas near Sugar Land. Y’all are just about 100 mile off base, pls next get a good compass & GOOD TEXAS MAP!!!!! Sugerland has only rice paddies, TDOJ&C prison farms was the all water is. Y’all can reach me @[email protected] or 432-312-1652. I was born in HARRIS County & Houston.

  • booksbenji

    Are yu’all deleting my posts???

  • txdar

    Port Arthur, really? You couldn’t PAY me to live in Port Arthur!

  • TexasHorseLady

    Um, no. Georgetown is NOT made up “primarily of retired people”, though Sun City is in Georgetown. Georgetown is a small Texas town, home of Southwestern University (one of the better universities of its size in the country), that has been around since the mid-1800’s and is home to a wide range of people – families, college students, single professionals, and, yes, some retired people. Someone didn’t do their homework. .

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  • Jeff White

    Rowlett? If you want a vanilla, generic, cookie cutter suburb, then this is your place. Not sure what criteria your writer was using, but there is nothing particularly special about Rowlett, Mansfield, DeSoto, Baytown or Port Arthur.

  • pixieme

    DeSoto is the “hood”. How it got the name All American I can’t begin to imagine. We all left because it’s not the kind of place to raise your kids.

  • Tiffany W

    Georgetown is NOT primarily retired people?? There was a lot of families there BEFORE Sun City and anyone from there would be insulted at calling Georgetown – AKA Sun City!!!

  • gfc14

    The Baytown area has a booming economy, lots of new businesses, well paying job growth and relatively low cost of living… DEAL WITH IT! 🙂

  • Clay

    They couldn’t have picked a worse picture to represent Port Arthur. Unless there are worse pictures to be taken of that place. How does Port Arthur make it over towns like Sugar Land or Schertz?

  • Michael Seale

    Baytown? Lived there (here) most of my life..and uh…it kinda sucks. Know why you only took a picture of the bridge? Because that’s how you leave!!’s the only half nice looking part. Just a little to the right and you would see what Baytown really is. Refineries/plants. Our mall is nearly dead and abandoned, our population has outgrown our streets, and anything we get new, eventually falls to what i call the “Baytown Curse”. It starts off awesome, then our people turn it to crap. Check out the theater in the mall for a prime example.

  • Byron Williams

    I like how my comment that was critical but by no means out of line or inappropriate was never approved by the moderated.

  • Csmith

    I am sure Baytown is larger than 450 acres since Baytown Exxon Refinery and BOP encompasses thousands of acres. Baytown is no where close to Sugar Land.

    Who would want to live in Port Arthur; no one based on the picture you posted.

  • Nancy Seibert

    Let`s talk about the small city of Silsbee, Texas 25 miles North of Beaumont and dying daily. It could be a wonderful little town but there is just no more pride in it as there used to be. I guess after the graduates from Silsbee High School graduated in the 60`s, they all left to make their fortunes elsewhere. I guess the most recent news or national event which included Silsbee was after Hurricane Rita when fox news Shepard Smith was in Beaumont, survived the night there with a trip to St. E Hospital with a bump on the head from a garbage can lid thrown by the storm, then when the storm was through he drove North to the outer limits of Silsbee and with the SILSBEE sign right there over his right shoulder called it SLIISBEE, Texas. Anyway, everything seems to be dying here instead of growing. Now I know a lot of people do not like growth and change but hey, I am proud of our town and want to see more of it renewed. Thank you! Now will someone please help this old lady off her soap box.

  • The only good thing to come out of Port Arthur Texas was Janis Joplin.

  • The best thing to come out of Port Arthur Texas was Janis Joplin.

  • Hicktorian

    I don’t know where you are from, but I am very embarrassed that the best they could come up with was a pic standing in a mechanic’ parking lot shooting a rail crossing. What about the Street of Ten Friends, the college, the “port”, ANYTHING!

  • Perceptions

    My comment was removed because I complained about the picture they chose for Cedar Park.

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  • helen

    You must not have been there for a long time! The rice paddies/sugar beet fields are being covered with housing developments. [I’m not sure the prison farms have survived; as soon as all the “nice people” moved in, they wanted the farms out.]

    Baytown/Port Arthur is the source of Houston’s polluted atmosphere; the only way to enjoy them is to live in Victoria [or further away] on Exxon dividends!
    Better yet, Nacogdoches…lots of pine trees, a state university and the only drawback is that you have to learn to spell it.

  • OdinsAcolyte

    Nice little review if small Texas towns. I have been to almost all of them and lived in one of ’em for a spell.
    I used to love to go to Ft. Davis for the mountains and they had a wonderful music festival for a few years.
    I miss it so. I always wanted to live in the West Texas mountains (by the way the article needed to mention Alpine too!). There are so many other small towns too. So many blowing away in the wind. There are some beautiful towns located in what appear to be secret valleys. There are anomalies of nature too. You can spend your life in Texas and never see it all.

    • Tasogle

      Don’t forget Marathon the gateway to Big Bend NP and home of the Gage Hotel and the “Marathon to Marathon”. Best scenery ever for a run or a 3K walk.

      • OdinsAcolyte

        The entire region, including Marathon, has had my heart since I was three years old.

  • James

    Note the misspelling of the town’s name. It is Rockwall not Rockwell.

    • URKiddinMee

      Shhhh. That’ll make it easier for snowbirds to FIND!

  • James

    Correction. In 1837 Texas was a nation and not part of the United States until December 29, 1845.

    • jame

      I meant to say this applies to the post for Bastrop. The article said that Bastrop became part of the United States.

  • James

    While I cannot refute the claim that the first declaration of independence was signed at Goliad. As as student of Texas history virtually all my life, I have never heard this. Washington-on-the-Brazos is the site of the first effort to declare Texas independence from Mexico and there is a state park there that lays claim to the location of the site of the declaration of independence from Mexico. The two previous meeting which did not declare independence from Mexico but wanted statehood within Mexico took place near Goliad in San Felipe de Austin but not in Goliad.

  • Ed Stahl

    Well it is also reputed to have first airplane flown there! Powered by a large clock type spring! May be hard to find the information, But I read an article about it in the local newspaper in Fredericksburg! (Where I live).
    It has a picture of the aircraft in the air, taken by a reporter!!

  • Ed Stahl

    Marfa also famous for “Marfa lights” which are seen in area around Marfa (from a distancel still reputed to be unsolved!
    ……………. Sorry the article listed below was about Lukenbach (and first airplane)!

    • URKiddinMee

      When I was Scout master of a Midland troop, our Asst. Scout master was a surveyor for Texaco Pipeline Div. We spent several nights with the scouts calculating the distances of the lights we saw using transits and triangulation from a couple of points about 1.5 miles apart. Those that night were nearly 20 miles away. However, I’ve witnessed some personally which appeared to pop into and out of an arroyo VERY close by. A bit more exciting when one is out on that desert alone! 😎

  • Ed Stahl

    Fredericksburg,- home of Chester Nimitz & “pacific War museum” drawing visitors worldwide!

    The German there “was” normal German , – it is now just 150 years “without updating”! People from “modern Germany” have a very hard time understanding it!

  • nananell

    They left out a number of small towns that are neat. First is Granbury with lots of antique stores, etc and other attractions.

    The second is Clifton with it’s Norwegian/German heritage. It is the “Norwegian Capital of Texas” and has the Norwegian Christmas tour every year with tours of old homes, carriage rides, dancing in the street and a quilt show. This years entertainment is Dec 4th with the parade at 6:30 PM and then on Saturday the 5th all the rest of the program. Also, it is a vibrant art community with well known Western artists such as George Boutwell, Bruce Greene, and others. And a nice museum depicting the Norwegian heritage and soon to open a portion of the museum with an exhibit of German artifacts. It also has the oldest continually operating movie theater in Texas which was restored a few years ago. As I guess you have probably guessed, I live in Clifton. It’s a nice little town, clean, and home to a lot of retirees.

    • URKiddinMee

      I love a number of small towns in or near the Hill County. Dripping Springs, Wimberly, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, New Braunfels (Great Oktoberfest Celebration) & its close neighbor, Gruene. (Home of oldest continuously operating Honky Tonk/Dance Hall in Texas, since 1878 )I also enjoy Smithville where “Hope Floats” was filmed. As with the towns actually in the Hill Country, it’s populated with really great, friendly people.

  • Billy Bayonnet

    GOLIAD massacre. Yes, it’s a sweet little town on the banks of the San Antonio River, but a hellish reminder of the cost of TEXAS INDEPENDENCE and why you Obama Federalist Outsiders need NOT apply!

    The Mexicans took the Texians back to Goliad, where they were held as prisoners at Fort Defiance (Presidio La Bahia). On Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, Colonel Portilla had
    between 425 and 445 Texians marched out of Fort Defiance in three
    columns on the Bexar Road, San Patricio Road, and the Victoria Road,
    between two rows of Mexican soldiers; they were shot point blank killed,
    and any survivors were clubbed and knifed to death.[13][19]

    Forty Texians were unable to walk. Thirty-nine were killed inside the fort under the direction of Captain Carolino Huerta of the Tres Villas battalion, with Colonel Garay saving one, Dr. Jack Shackelford. Colonel Fannin was the last to be executed, after seeing his men
    executed. Age 32, he was taken by Mexican soldiers to the courtyard in
    front of the chapel, blindfolded, and seated in a chair (due to his leg
    wound from the battle). He made three requests: that his personal
    possessions be sent to his family, to be shot in the heart and not the
    face, and to be given a Christian burial. The soldiers took his belongings, shot him in the face, and burned his body along with the other Texians who died that day.
    The entire Texian force was killed, except for 28 men who feigned death and escaped. Among these was Herman Ehrenberg, who later wrote an account of the massacre. Another person who survived was William Lockhart Hunter.

  • Barrustio

    They also left out Seguin…named after the patriot Juan Seguin who was sent from the Alamo to get reinforcements from Sam Houston. Beautiful little town of about 30,000 with one of the lowest unemployment rates and double the national average in manufacturing jobs and a slew of musical talent in everything from Country to Blues to Tejano and Salsa. A must visit.

    • URKiddinMee

      Careful about divulging too many of the great little towns in Texas. Next thing you know I-35 will be jam packed with another Northern invasion of know it alls who want to tell us how much smarter they are and how we ought to be doing things like they did in the liberal states they fled.

      • Barrustio

        Seguin is on I-10 30 miles East of San Antonio and is already witnessing some of the traffic problems I just moved away from in Houston. I-35 is pretty busy but we are a bit ways from it, yet accessible. we are two and a half hours from Houston, 45 minutes from Austin, 30 minutes from San Marcos, Luling, Lockhart and San Antonio. It’s no wonder Komatsu, Mini-Grip, Caterpillar, Tyson Foods and many others are moving into it. Oh I forgot about the oil boom of the 80’s in Houston, perhaps I shouldn’t mention the fracking that is taking place nearby. The good thing about the people from the liberal states, in a small town quickly learn that they are not in a bastion of liberalism like Austin and Houston are becoming.

        • URKiddinMee

          Having been born in Ft. Worth, lived in Saginaw, Weatherford, San Marcos Midland and College Station, I am somewhat familiar with both the history and geography of my Native Land. Austin has been the leftist anus of Texas for years, due primarily to the abundance of tenured Alinskyites working hard to mold the minds of mush brained youth into rabid liiberals.

          Being a devout Texas Aggie, I developed a disdain for “Tea Sips” before I even fully understood the difference between liberals. Something about their smug, pseudo-intellectual, effete attitudes, I suppose. (Though in the early days of co-ed admittance to A&M it was nice that there was a bounty of beauties just 104 miles away in the UT sororities. )

          • Barrustio

            Yes many of those beauties were working at the “Ranch” nearby.

          • URKiddinMee

            I ALMOST brought up the Chicken Ranch but I feared that knowing too much about it might cause some to wonder how I knew. 😉

          • Barrustio

            I visited once…but only waited for my buddy to see his “girlfriend”.

          • URKiddinMee

            There are folks who STILL piss on Marvin Zindler’s grave for putting all those sweet girls out of work! 😉

            PS- Concerning your visit to LaGrange: That’s your story. Stick to it!

          • Barrustio

            My visit was solely for historical accuracy for posterity. The “waiting room” was very elegant, red drapery with gold trim and fringe…velvet couches and “love seats” with lion paw legs…refreshments were served and then the parade began. You always wanted to wait to see the end of the parade because it was usually the best part. I observed all this while waiting for my friend 🙂

          • URKiddinMee

            They moved the Chicken Ranch “Headquarters” to North Dallas (Addison) about 20 or so years ago and started a restaurant in it. I moved away from my Native Country shortly afterwards so I don’t know whether it’s still in business. Some of the decor you mentioned was still there when I last dined there.

          • Barrustio

            Daaaamn…I was 19 when I went there and am 68 now. The.old memory is still working…can we say…”memorable”?

          • URKiddinMee

            I Googled the Chicken Ranch Restaurant to see of it was still open. Discovered that it only lasted 3 months. After foreclosure all of the memorabilia was auctioned off. Guess items are scattered among a number of Texas “Man Caves” today. 😉

          • Barrustio

            I guess the women didn’t want to go to a restaurant where their husbands may have gone before…unaccompanied. Or they didn’t like sitting on “potato chips”. 🙂

          • URKiddinMee

            LOL! The same thought occurred to me immediately upon learning of the quick demise of the restaurant.

            BTW – In what part of God’s Country do you reside nowadays?

          • El Gato

            Used to work with a guy that went to A&M, but had to quit to come back to Arlington to take care of his mother. He transferred to UTA, but was always an Aggie at heart. He had first hand, or first something, experience with the Chicken Ranch.

            He also owned several machine guns, legally,with papers and everything. I fired his M2 Carbine, but he had a belt fed browning, converted to .308, as well.

          • URKiddinMee

            A bit of history for those too young to remember: UTA was originally North Texas Agricultural College and part of the A&M System. Name went to Arlington State College (still part of the A&M system) to Arlington State University to University of Texas at Arlington. Many back in the day were really pissed that they went from being Aggies to “Tea Sippers” with the stroke of a legislative pen! 😉

          • mamasnothappy1

            You really need a lobotomy.

          • Barrustio

            Perhaps…and you need liposuction

          • mamasnothappy1

            Are you seriously suggesting that I am fat, therefore I am not relevant?

          • Barrustio

            I’m playing tit-for-tat and you won’t be relevant until you explain what you mean by “therefore not I am not relevant”.

          • Sean

            “…Austin has been the leftist anus of Texas for years, due primarily to the abundance of tenured Alinskyites working hard to mold the minds of mush brained youth into rabid …liberals. Something about their smug, pseudo-intellectual, effete attitudes…”

            You sure like making assumptions and calling names. Your most three recent comments under your profile are you attacking others and name calling – and you have to scroll way down just to get to your name calling tirade here.

          • URKiddinMee

            First, it’s not an assumption but rather a conclusion after years of observation and personal experience.

            Next, why to you feel compelled to jump into what was obviously a long thread of conversation which, although public in posting, was between Barrustio and myself.

            Last, your hiding of your posting history is typical of many of the liberal trolls who lurk on these boards.Hell, if your liberal views are so wonderful, why not be proud of them instead of being a puzz?

            PS – Recent genetic studies have isolated a gene common in humans with a propensity for liberalism.(Google it and deal with it) They stopped short of calling it a defect, but that would be MY opinion.

          • Sean

            More of the same, like a scratch on a record or a cd that skips…

          • URKiddinMee

            Whatever. Have a nice day, anyway.

          • mamasnothappy1

            One study with 2000 participants does not make it a fact. Besides, these kinds of studies are done with prejudice for the funders or researchers.

          • kotoc

            I live in Austin, and it is NOT as you described it you putrid moron!! I have lived here for most of my 56-year life, and attended U.T. at Austin and graduated… you could NOT be more wrong about this city. Don’t try to put yourself over as authoritative about Austin unless you’ve lived here a few years. People like you make me want to puke.

          • URKiddinMee

            I HAVE lived there you ignorant leftist puke. I didn’t stay beyond getting one of my degrees. YOU are but another bit of living proof that the majority of UT grads ARE effette, pseudo-intellectual, self agrandizing snobs. One need only review the history of whom it has been that your county has historically supported: Ann Richards, Mark White, Wendy Davis, et al serve to prove my point. People like YOU DO make me puke
            Now ho back to your tea room and don’t forget raise your effiminate little pinkie when you take a sip.

          • kotoc

            I’m not a leftist, you stupid twit. If you had an ounce of brains in that ugly head of yours, which is clearly shoved up your fat ass, you would have checked on my name to find out my comment history before spouting off a bunch of uninformed crap. And just a few leftist people here and there doesn’t make Austin a leftist city as a whole. Or didn’t you learn how to use common knowledge… and only like to generalize to point out your stupid ideas? You aren’t worth any more of my time, faggot, so take your Curious George book and go back to your room.

      • mamasnothappy1

        Very strange thought. Texas is where liberals from the Midwest settled after the end of the War Between the States. Many of them fought in the Mexican-American War which established Texas as part of America. Do you not know anything about how Texas became Texas? This state was always liberal until outside money bought the Texas legislature in the 1990s. The difference between liberals and conservatives seems to be that liberals fight for great causes while conservatives whine and want all the privileges the liberals fought for. Conservatives are scabs, not willing to fight but wanting to control what we fought for and won.

        • Steve G

          You’re Nutz!

        • EpicMale

          No, Texas was democratic, but back then a democrat was equal to a conservative republican today. Besides, why should we Texans pay attention to a St. Louis socialist that supports Hitlary? We don’t tolerate you Yankees trying to revise Texas history. Texas became a republic because the president of Mexico violated the Constitution we agreed to live with. So we CONSERVATIVE Texans kicked President/General Santa Ana back down into Mexico.

          BTW, there were no ‘liberals’ from the Midwest after the Civil War. What you know about political history is zilch.

          • mamasnothappy1

            My people fought for this state before it was a state and before the War Between the States. Keep your hate to yourself. I am a real conservative who believes in long term profit. Not short term profit for themselves which is what the Conservatives are promoting now.

          • EpicMale

            And portions of my family were here when your people arrived. Again, there was no post Civil War migration of liberals to Texas. That is blatant historical revision. The only significant ‘migration’ to Texas in that era were hard-eyed Confederates from the severely economically depressed Southern states seeking opportunities away from the devastation of the Civil War. These people would be considered as far right wing nuts by your sort, these days. The only mass migration of ‘liberals’ to Texas occurred during the Rust Belt years, and during the last decade or so due to the lousy economy up north.

            BTW, you exposed yourself as a liberal with your ‘keep your hate to yourself’. Conservatives just don’t use that kind of language. We deal in facts, but liberals get all wound up when their revisionist history gets undercut by the facts.

          • mamasnothappy1

            Texas was settled by a great many people and many of them were from Missouri. Highway 67 is an Indian trail and later an old Civil War Trail that lead many people from St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, straight to Texas when St. Louis was the only city on the West side of the Mississippi. These early settlers were small businessmen and women. Democrats. The working people. The only real Texans were born after 1836 as citizens of the Republic of Texas and Americans after 1845.

          • EpicMale

            Thanks for proving my point. Democrats of that era were far, far from liberal! The party at that time was more conservative than a Republican of this era. And your politically correct ‘small businessmen and women’ is PC BS. Women engage in business in that era, headed for Texas were usually camp followers of tawdry reputation. Almost none were engaged in business. That is some sort of femnazi revision of history. In fact, 99.9% of those coming to Texas at that time were farmers. I don’t think you know much about historical demographics at all.

            And I also suspect you are not being honest about your origins. No true Texan would claim that those that died at the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto were not ‘true Texans’. And, likewise, you’ve just pronounced Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, William Travis, and all our other Founding Fathers as non-Texans. Brilliant. It didn’t take a government to declare Texas a country and confer status. Texas was Texas before the bureaucrats crept into the picture. But liberals believe that government validates everything and is the source of everything.

          • mamasnothappy1

            You do realize that by invalidating the work of the pioneer women who worked the farms, fed the family and workers, made and laundered the clothes, had the babies, raised the babies, educated the children . . .
            All in a day when work began at 4 am and ended well after dark. We were the first up and the last to go to sleep at night. We were at the Alamo.
            You may be young or have little knowledge of history. My point, which you did not get was that Texans couldn’t fight a war for independence if Texas was already a state. The war was fought by TEXIANS. Texas was settled by people who were following the edge of society where the potential for great wealth was possible. Many built farms, ranches, establishing families and used their fortunes to press further West. By staying on the edge, there was more opportunity for wealth which wasn’t possible in established cities controlled by the wealthy who ruled America at the time.
            Don’t put words in my mouth. You said Texans, I was simply correcting your spelling or worse, your awareness of the difference. You need to read more history. It helps if you can hear the stuff from your own family but books provide a lot more information. I learn new things everyday that shake my world.
            Why do you believe all that liberal garbage you spout if you know history? Every Liberal and Conservative has a personal view. Poor people have little time for politics as they work hard to just survive. They don’t have money and time to give their opinion. So if you just realize that the ‘titles’ of Liberal and Conservative is simply absurd. It’s how the wealthy keep the little people, (everyone but them) in line by creating dividing lines among the people. You are eating it up and spouting hate just like you were programmed to do. You know what the difference is: $10 an hour. That is the fight. If everyone got a $10 an hour raise, this country would be stronger and business would flourish. But that is not what your Masters want. They want 99.9%.

          • EpicMale

            Don’t misquote me or try to put words in my mouth. I did not disparage pioneer women. I merely pointed out that you were in error claiming that ‘business women’ flocked to Texas. The simple point of fact is that in that era business women were rarer than the proverbial hens’ teeth. They had little opportunity to accrue property that they could control, due to the laws of that era. To claim otherwise is an attempt to revise history. Furthermore, YOU were wrong to claim that my use of the word “Texan” was incorrect until 1836. That is just plain idiotic. People were called Texan because of the geographical definition, not a sanction of a nation or a state. That was a poor, poor effort to attempt to discredit my words.

            Your use of the word Texian also reveals your total lack of historical knowledge. You’ll just throw any crap out there to try to prove you are superior in knowledge. Well, Missy, (I’ve been a grandfather longer than most people on earth have been alive) the word Texian is somewhat racist. It describes WHITE colonists. The resident Hispanics were called Tejanos. But don’t let the actual historical facts get in the way of your little revisionist rant.

            BTW, I was a conservative before Ike finished his first term. So I consider your socialist demand for a $10 an hour raise to be nothing more than pure communism. If you don’t like your job, then quit your freaking job and start your own business! That’s what I did about 50 years ago! If an employee came to me and said “We’re all going to quit if you don’t give us a $10.00/hour raise”, I’d fire them all. Why the hell do you think American companies are going bankrupt or moving operations overseas? You liberals have let government run amuck with burdensome regulations as unions rape the capital of the investors.

            I don’t think you are a Texan. I think you are a liberal that moved here after you screwed up your own state.

          • mamasnothappy1

            You said the women who came to Texas were usually ‘tawdry’ camp followers but who did the cooking, cleaning and raising kids, in addition to working their farm or ranch? You totally dissed every women, even the ‘tawdry’ camp followers. Are you suggesting that the pioneer women didn’t do their part in settling Texas?

            And about the $10 raise. It’s too late to make up the forty years of being underpaid, when my salary doubled from $1 to $2 an hour in just 40 years. It’s not like we haven’t fought for decades for a raise. Women doing women’s work have always worked for slave wages while you couldn’t pay a man enough to do that work. Even in higher management, women are not paid near what men are paid for the same work. Women are more efficient and can multi-task better than men. We simply are being bullied into accepting less.

            If you could go back to 1973/74 when we tried to establish a union in Houston for Hospitality workers, you’d see that we tried to get decent wages but weren’t allowed to do that. The head of that movement was found dead. Considering what happened to Hoffa in 1975, many workers could not find a voice. It’s still happening. In the 90’s, Hoffa’s son sold out the brewery workers. Now Anheuser Busch products are made by mostly low salaried workers all across the nation. It’s no wonder small breweries are beating them up.

            Let these unpatriotic companies leave the country. We sure don’t need any more poisons from Monsanto in our land, air and water. And especially inbred into the plants we eat. We don’t need any corporation that puts their bottom line ahead of their employees and customers well-being.

          • EpicMale

            I’m not sure if you are pretending to be slow witted, or have been so steeped in feminism dogma that you can not longer comprehend the written word without their stamp upon your thoughts. We were speaking of BUSINESS WOMEN, and factually, they were rare at that point in time, among the emigrants headed to Texas or, in fact, through out the USA. The primary ‘business woman’ of that era were prostitutes. And of them, only a few ran their own ‘business’. Most were in the employ or service to other women or a man. Now, quit trying to equate women and mothers with camp followers or business women. Your deeply flawed logic falls apart and reveals you to be a dogmatic useful idiot.
            Hospitality workers?! ROTFLMSAO!!! Thanks for revealing your far left wing union crap. Take your unions and go back north, where the unions destroyed the auto industry. You don’t like how things are run? Ok, build your own dang hotel and run it into the ground. I imagine with you at the helm the hotel will be empty and a single night in a roach infested room won’t cost a penny more than $1000 a night. Geez, and you STILL won’t understand the reason all the rooms are empty every night, so then you’ll demand that that you get a government subsidy, for which you’ll demand a pay raise.

          • mamasnothappy1

            No, I wasn’t talking just about business women. I was talking about women being unpaid workers throughout history. Men couldn’t exist without the comforts provided by women. They always come home to Mama when they are done playing.

          • EpicMale

            No pay? You think that event is always gender specific? Men did their part, also. Many of them died defending their wives and children. Many starved to make sure their children survived. To make such an absurd statement, “Men couldn’t exist without the comforts provided by women.” is patently absurd, when anyone with a lack of gender bias can say the exact opposite! Women couldn’t exist without the protection and incredibly brutal physical labor men provided for the women they loved, respected, had shouldered responsibility for them.”

            I was right. You’re a far leftwing, dogmatic, harridan that apparently has no successful relationships with men. Your hugely lopsided perspective indicates a low order of intelligence. You make up crap off the cuff and have not been able to deflect or disprove a single one of my statements. This time take a full month and try to respond as if you are a rational adult.

          • mamasnothappy1

            So you agree that without women, Texas would not have ever become civilized?

          • EpicMale

            You’ve changed your position. I never contended women were not part of settling Texas. I did, however, disagree with your contention that Texas was settled by business women. It was a blatantly idiotic statement and when I attempted to correct your ignorance, you flew of in three different directions. Keep in mind that at that time 95% of the population was AGRARIAN!

          • URKiddinMee

            While I applaud the several conservative thoughts you may have, raising minimum wage for EVERYbody via government mandate is not one of them! Enroll in Economics 101 and then come back and we’ll discuss the error of your reasonong.

          • mamasnothappy1

            It’s too bad that the wealthy didn’t take that into consideration before enslaving the working population in jobs paying slave wages. If minimum wage had kept up with the cost of living, we would be making $22 an hour. If Wall Street hadn’t collapsed, we’d be making $26-28 an hour. We now have a society where 70% of the poor are women and children. We must now pay the price for this inequity. Women retiring after a lifetime of hard work with no savings and S.S. is half of what it takes to barely survive. Many elderly and disabled are living in hunger. We have no savings because we made sub-par wages all our lives. It’s the government’s fault in allowing this discrepancy to blossom into wholesale poverty for the women working population as they reach retirement age.

          • URKiddinMee

            The “victim mentality” taught by liberals to our mush brained youth is obviously a concept you’ve bought into. Where is it written that unskilled laborers should earn what someone who worked 2 or 3 jobs to pay for their education so they could enjoy a higher standard of living?

            I’ve hired a number of low skilled employees who were content to drink up their wages on the weekends and/or “invest” in hundred$ of dollars worth of tattoos. Very few whom I offered to pay for courses toward their degrees or technical training took advantage of the offer.

            Now you want “the Guv’mint” to act as Robin Hood by redistributing what others have worked their asses off to earn.

            BTW – It was DEMOCRATS who robbed the Social Security “trust fund” to lump it into the general fund. It was DEMOCRATS who voted to tax Social Security “benefits” after the little old ladies you mentioned had worked their lifetimes having money stolen from them. It was a DEMOCRAT President who signed NAFTA and GATT which drove jobs out of the country.

          • mamasnothappy1

            If your employees can afford to drink up their paychecks or buy tattoos, they must be living in their cars. You must hire some real jewels if your employees act the way you describe. Who is for redistributing other peoples money? Minimum wage was designed to care for a family of four. If you want contract labor, go ahead and hire them.

          • mamasnothappy1

            Forty years of stagnant salaries has put S.S. in a bind. I was promised 80% of the cost of living from S.S. when I retired. When the Republicans stopped tying S.S. to the cost of living, you now have almost an entire generation of women who are relying on S.S. as their primary source of income (even those that had saved religiously lost their money to the Wall Street Debacle or the Housing Debacle or the Pension Fund Debacle). That’s what happens when you underpay people for forty years. The time for redemption is here. We may not be able to help the ones making an adequate salary but we can bring the poorest up to the cost of living income.

          • URKiddinMee

            It is abundantly clear that you are ignorant concerning both economics and history. Did you even READ the facts that I shared regarding democrats having raped the Social Security trust fund AND voting to tax us on monies they stole from us in the first place? Or that Clinton signed both NAFTA and GATT into law greasing the skids for US jobs to go elsewhere?
            I’ll give you the last word since I am finished with trying to enlighten one who is so close minded. Have a nice life as a perpetual victim.

          • mamasnothappy1

            Victims don’t fight back. I fight back.

          • mamasnothappy1

            It would have to be stairstepped in time. And small businesses would have to decide between contract labor and salaried. Young people working young people jobs could be paid less. Although I have seen a lot of abuse of younger workers in the work place.

          • Skyhawk

            As said during the war originated by the North against the sovereign Confederate States of America. : If we don’t win, history will be written by the North and will contain nothing but lies. And they are still writing those lies.

          • EpicMale

            On the positive side, many that moved down here when their system started folding up got ‘educated’ and became more independent and conservative. Ever once in a while we run them back home with their tails between their legs. One time, a couple of decades ago, I bought a Yankee a bus ticket and put him on it, sending him back to his Mom. He was a ‘streetwise’ Boston punk that thought those guys that chased cows on horses were wimps. I rescued him like a puppy stuck on the median during rush hour on North Central in north Dallas. LOL… He managed to upset a whole pack of calf ropers, and they all knew his name and where he lived. They wouldn’t gang up on him, but after insulting the whole group, he was going to have to take them on one by one. They were real polite and told him they would give him a day or two between bouts to recover. After the first one, he was crying and begging forgiveness. The general reaction was, “Sure we forgive you, but each one of us is still going to whip your butt.” LOL… He had wrecked his car, so I gave him a ride to his apartment so he could pack his bags. I then drove him to the Greyhound bus station and bought him a ticket back to Boston. We never heard from him again.

          • mamasnothappy1

            Who rewrote the history books lately that called slaves everything but slaves? And that re-write was done by the Republicans! Why are you complaining about the lies the Republicans wrote into school textbooks?

          • mamasnothappy1

            Call them what you may, liberals, Democrats, Southerners? That war with Santa Ana that you are speaking of was fought by many proud Missourians who returned to Texas after the War Between the States and established much of the area around Dallas. Much of early Texas was settled by Missourians. And Texas was not state before the war with Santa Ana so it wasn’t Texans fighting that war. And they weren’t all Conservative. Conservatives talk war while the rest of us fight the wars.

          • EpicMale

            Now I know you are a liberal of the worst order. Conservatives fight wars to protect our nation and our loved ones. Liberals concede and appease evil until the wolf is at our door. Tell you what, why don’t you go back to Missouri. Most of those that came to Texas were NOT from Missouri. Missouri was a new state and there was plenty of opportunity there. Many came THROUGH Missouri on the way to Texas. Far more came from Kentucky and Tennessee, because taxes had grown to be far too burdensome for subsistence farming. But, you keep on making crap up and looking ever more ridiculous.

          • mamasnothappy1

            I had relatives in Kentucky and Tennessee who came to Missouri in 1805 and built farms and towns. You need to know a lot more about history in that period before spouting garbage. My people fought on both sides of the war, like everyone else. I know both sides of their stories. Stop painting them all one color.


          Liberals do not fight. They lie and slander everyone who doesn’t have a programmed opinion like they. Conservatives, haha, well, they don’t fight for good, either. This is AmeriKKKa. The USSA might have 10 percent awesome tough guys ready to fight the good fight. Sadly, living in Texas as I do, idiots like yourself believe that you’re right. NEOCONS ARE NEWCONS OR NEWJEWS. Am I wrong? They read Tragedy and Hope just like Clinton, and LOVED it. If people like you died, I couldn’t make fun of fat liberals who are actually crypto Jews… yes I’d be happier. Mind control is depressing, but if any of you’d awaken, this might be easier. I miss Andrew Jackson. Texas could have risen, but sell out lies from Zion controlled CUCKS rewrote everything.

          • mamasnothappy1

            What a nut! You have managed to insult everyone. Neocons, newcons, newjews? What are you raving about. Religion is a personal subject that you really shouldn’t generalize about. You sound like you need help. Keep your hate to yourself please.


            I hate no one. Such a strong word, but yeah, I understand words. You’re a square, and never learned Latin. It’s a sickness that people don’t want to fix, and that’s okay. The inferno is here, and there are two ways to deal with it, I see which you chose. Be well. Ordinary fuckin’ people, I hate em. Kidding.

        • Skyhawk

          You must be from Iowa. Commnly known as Idiots Out Walking Around

        • Charles Miller

          Really? I’m a native Texan. I’ve lived here all my life (minus a few years in Europe), and I do know Texas and Texas history, thank you. Texas was never liberal, and even so, liberal then was not liberal (socialist/communist) now.

  • Steve G

    We made a job related move here (DFW) from Minnesota in 1984 (originally from Wisconsin).

    Being a ‘Native Texan’ back then was a big deal due to the massive in-migration Texas was experiencing at the time. There was quite a bit of pushback from Texans about all that as well. We saw lots of Native Texan bumper stickers at the time.

    But my favorite was one that read:

    I’m not a Native Texan.
    But I got here as soon as I could!

    Bottom line is that we would never, ever move back.
    Texas has been our home for 32 years, longer than anywhere else we’ve lived, and we consider that it was always a stroke of luck that we had the opportunity to move here.

    BTW: I take issue with every point ‘mamasnothappy1’ made in her post from yesterday…”Very strange thought” indeed.

    • mamasnothappy1

      I love the Hill Country, the colorful deserts out West, the border towns down South and the Arkansas border areas. I’ve made hundreds of trips up 59 and enjoyed the lakes. These are truly beautiful places. Unfortunately, I worked night and day for decades in Houston where the air is thick, the noise is unbearable, the streets and freeways never slow down and the city is the size of many small nations. I have to say the nightlife was remarkable. The food incomparable, innovative and the entertainment was phenomenal. I worked with the best of the best and it was an unbelievable ride. I love Texas and proud that somewhere back there, relatives of my relatives helped establish this great state. Conservatives have always sat back while their money is paid to liberals who are the work force of America to create the world we live in. The cowboys, ranchers, railroad workers, the carpenters, the Pony Express Riders, the ironmongers, laundries, food workers, storekeepers, the girls upstairs were not staid and proper Conservatives. Money doesn’t work. People do.

    • Charles Miller

      Native Texans still take being a Native Texan as a big deal.


    Carpetbaggers destroyed the South, including Texas. Many were Jewish slave owners or corrupt, rich liars knowing that we’d buy their BULLSHIT. Southern reconstruction(I like how it’s re-con, redo the con)was brutal for everyone. Most Southern men didn’t have the money to own slaves, but suddenly we had a few Jewish slave owners down here to really amp up something that was becoming a problem for the North. The same guys who owned the slave ships, really screwed over the South when you think about all of this. Don’t worry, they came back and did this again with the mob bringing horrible violence in the North. Poor Ness and Capone had no idea what was going on. Should have listened to Voltaire… or even Henry Ford.

    • JwpATX

      The Texas revolution, 30 years prior to slavery becoming a problem for ‘the north,’ was fought as a direct result of the imposition of new rules, including outlawing slavery, on the white settlers in Texas. Slavery was prevalent in the state long before your Jewish carpetbaggers brought their slaves.


        You could be right, but since history keeps getting rewritten, and any intelligent man will admit this… are you sure that you are right? Most southern men were not wealthy enough to even own slaves, and Irish and other whites were indentured servants. We also brought over many Chinese people to build our railroads while letting the oppressed Irish flex to get their WHITE CARD. Yes… lie after lie after lie… what is the truth? The Southern Problem was an actual piece of sh!!t but written by one of the most elite with the elite interests only… this is the truth.

        • JwpATX

          It’s funny you should say that. Not sure if you’re a Texan or not, but we all take Texas History in 7th grade, and I’ve always referred to it as ‘mandatory legend learning.’ You’re right. There wasn’t much being written down then, so the actual history is a bit up for grabs. If you go with the grade school version, there were no slaves, and if you go with the angry college professor version (I got a dose of that too), it was ONLY about slaves… so I like to fall somewhere in the middle. There were plenty of very wealthy settlers in Texas, with slaves, but most were in the southeast corner. The rules that were imposed were real, and the reaction to them was real, but as for which was the actual cause? No one knows. I think that more than likely, it was that they decreed that everyone must be Catholic, and the Texeans, as they were called, didn’t like that.

  • WithheldName

    There are a lot of good picks in this lengthy collection, but much of the writing is weak. And some of the photos are awful. This article left me wanting more details.

  • Steve Rainwater

    Wimberley? Sure, it’s great if you love traffic jams.

  • Charles Miller

    The entry on Bastrop cannot be correct when it states, ” By 1837, it became part of United States and it was incorporated that same year.” Texas was not part of the United States until 1845 when the Republic of Texas became part of the Union. I could overlook the grammar and spelling but not the factual errors.

  • aulbertwest

    Lockhart should of been on the list, it has a museum, the oldest continuously operating library in Texas and is right in the heart of the state. Several movies have been filmed in Lockhart because of it’s small town charm. Lockhart is the seat of Caldwell County and the courthouse has been restored.

  • Robert J. Garcia

    Wow, this started up, with info on small texas towns and turned into forum on Texas history. BTW, I’m a “Beaner” in San Antonio Tx. I’m 68 yrs. old. Asi, “no chingen con migo”. I’m gonna leave out the “labels”.

    Quite simply …. ALL the Red River “wetbacks” came to TEXAS for better opportunities. PERIOD!
    First of all “Mad Momma” aka Mommasnothappy1 “IS” a true TEXAN. ALL of you who are picking a bone wit ‘er … STOP! …. STFU? … Callen se lo sico!

    “WE” done got civilized, and are not “allow” to settle our differences with a gun enny mo, fer show as God made lil green apples “MNH 1” wooda put a bullet between yo eyes. This gal’s got some smarts.

    William Barrett Travis,Jim Bowie, (Colonel) Davey “Gravy” CrockShit, Ahahahahahaha. Wall historee makes ’em Hereo’s ( Larger than life) …….. Well they weren’t, they wuz jes STOOPID enough to hang around at the ALAMO to gets kill’t.
    Heeheehee. Remember “The victor writs history.” Story is, …. Being ordered to leave, they didn’t, hmmmm,

    Why not? Story is, they knew of a stash of GOLD somwhars round Ole San Anton. Ya thinks dey wanna lib et behind?… OFN ! One did jump the wall, feller by name o ROSE.Years after all dee ruckus wuz ober he done wuz seen lurking around the area. IF…… dar wuz GOLD, “Rose” prob. gots it, ah lil atta time.

    Insane “Santa Ana” got caught at “Sanh Hah Seen Toh” wit hiz pants down. ( He wuz prbly panting enny ways.) ah getting ah BJ inda tent by the “Yellow Rose” of Texas. ( a “nutter” Texas patriot. ) Hahahaha
    ( She wuz a “High Yellow” )

    It’s ALWAYS been about the money, …… HILLERY ( “HO” ) she wuz doing it diffrant den “Don TRUMP”.
    Srry guy, about AUSTIN TX. Maybe you not, maybe not all Austinnite’s be “limp wrist pinkos” or “sexually enlighten” folks, but “we” all know that Austin a happy place for queers.
    Scholars are “Hallers” The Rich of any era, doan pick a gun, they go out an pick up ah passel o “LIARS”
    … Oops, I meant Lawyers. Any “Bueys” looki atch (money) WASHING TONS. All that laundry being done in Washington ( DC) how come not that many “chinks” there?
    Heavy duty laundering, Da HILLERY gang gonna make sur “Da Shits” gonna be clean > “In House”

    Santa Ana ah fool, “He” thought he wuz gonna gits a “nice” Tax base. These RED RIVER wetbacks …..
    Nah uh. “He” THOUGHT he was “gonna”, instead, he got a “GUNNA” Hahahahahahaha.

    Look, you set foot in TEXAS, you a TEXAN ! ……. Don’t like it? ….. LEAVE IT !
    Only people that leave Texas broke is those that don’t work!

    I hate CRUZ. His name fits, He a “CROSS” mofo. I would not want him as a neighbor. He soooooo crooked
    Iffa I send da “M-Meh” ( Mexican Mafia …. I gots some relative who in dat shit.)
    Cruz would prob. make ah deal wit ’em!

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