Off the Highway
The White Elephant Saloon is located in the heart of the Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, TX. If you’re looking for an authentic western experience, look no further. The swinging doors off of Exchange Avenue also act as a time portal of sorts. Upon entrance, one can’t help but feel as if you just stepped into the old west. The saloon first opened its doors in the 1890s in Fort Worth’s dangerous and appropriately named Hell’s Half Acre. While the saloon was relocated to the Stockyards in the 1970s, the spirit of that original location has remained.
The Strand Historic District of Galveston is home to one of the finest listening rooms in Texas. Just around the block from the 1894 Grand Opera House, in a three storied red brick building that is over 100 years old, you’ll find The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe.
Some might wander by and dismiss it as just another bar but upon inspection you’ll notice that the beverage selection is limited. That’s because this is not just a place to grab a drink and escape the Texas heat, although the Star Bock (half Lone Star, half Shiner Bock) will help you do just that. This is a room where lyrics still matter.
Traveling along the sugar white coastline of the Florida Panhandle, it is easy to see why the stretch from Mexico Beach up to St. Marks has been dubbed “The Forgotten Coast”. Absent are the high rise hotels and endless t-shirt and trinket shops that blanket other areas of the panhandle. Instead, old fishing towns still dot the highway. Shrimp and oyster boats vastly outnumber pleasure craft at the docks. This is what the Florida Coast used to look like, back before tourism swallowed it whole.
Gruene Hall was built in 1878 and quickly became the center of the social scene for central Texas. The Hall hosted everything from high school graduation ceremonies to badger fights with music being the constant. To put it into context when Gruene Hall opened it’s doors Billy The Kid and Jesse James were still wanted men. Sam Bass would soon be killed by Texas Rangers just up the road in Round Rock and the notorious outlaw Bill Longley was hanged in Giddings.
by The Gulf Coast Sportsman Field Staff
The town of Broussard, LA once rested quietly in the shadows of its much larger, bustling twin city of Lafayette. Yet in the 50+ years since Alton 'Ton' Girouard and his wife Rosemary opened their restaurant on West Main, Broussard has hit a major growth spurt. It has become a town impossible not to notice. Travel routes have expanded, the population has flourished, and many businesses and restaurants have come and gone while trying to capitalize on the expansion of this Acadiana town.