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Texas - Prairies and Lakes

"Prairies and Lakes." Does that title really tell the tale? Well, yes-and no. Prairies and Lakes paints merely the pastoral brush strokes in this region's richly textured panorama. The full picture emerges only when you add the dynamic cities, charming communities, and colorful history that enliven this attraction-packed section of Texas.

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Live Oak Art Center

In 1848, Scotsman Robert Robson built a castle on the river and began providing homes to local and itinerant artists. Today, creative spirits can rejuvenate at the Live Oak Art Center housed in the historic 1891 Brunson Building. Established in 1954

Columbus, TX Arts


Sam Rayburn Library and Museum

The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum is the creation of "Mr. Sam", as he was affectionately known to his friends and colleagues. Rayburn established the library and museum in 1957 as a tribute to the people of his cherished Fannin County, Texas.

Bonham, TX Museums

Waco Lake Parks

Waco Lake has 8 parks with RV, tent and group camping facilities, some being exclusivley for camping or day use while others have a combination of both. The parks include:

, TX Camping

Barrington Living History Farm

Explore the home of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Experience sights, sounds, and smells of this southern cotton plantation with historic breeds and heirloom crops. Daily life on this working 1850'

Washington, TX Museums

Brenham Heritage Museum

The Brenham Heritage Museum is housed in Brenham's former U.S. Post Office. The Classical Revival structure, located in downtown Brenham, was built in 1915 and is on the National Register of Historic Places

Brenham, TX Museums

Lake Whitney State Park

Lake Whitney State Park is located along the east shore of Lake Whitney west of Hillsboro in Hill County, near the ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of Hainai Indians, who moved into the area in 1835

, TX State Parks

Somerville Lake Parks

Somerville Lake has RV and tent camping facilities. The US Army Corps of Engineers operates two (2) parks (Rocky Creek Park and Yegua Creek Park ) with overnight camping facilities. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates two , TX Camping


Bardwell Lake Equestrian Trail

The Bardwell Lake Equestrian and multiuse trail is on a two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie Creek Park is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell Lake Bridge on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis.

, TX Equestrian


Lantana Lodge at Ray Roberts Lake

Fine dining and luxurious overnight accommodations are now available at the Lantana Lodge which is located in the Jordan Unit of Ray Roberts Lake. The classic "dog trot"

, TX Lodges

Old Bedford School

This beautifully restored 1915 vintage schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and features a visitors center, a gallery with changing exhibits and an authentically furnished 1915 classroom. The site also has a 149-seat auditorium for 25 performances each year.

Bedford, TX Historic Schoolhouses

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