Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

27 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  3 minutes

© flickr.com - Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is an American seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of October 2022, 35 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants operate worldwide. 22 of these locations are in the United States, four are in Mexico, three are in Japan, and one each are in Mainland China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada and Qatar. The company is based in Houston, Texas, and has been a division of Landry’s Restaurants since 2010.   read more…

Marfa in Texas

31 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Presidio County Courthouse © Talshiarr/cc-by-sa-2.5

Presidio County Courthouse © Talshiarr/cc-by-sa-2.5

Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. It is the county seat of Presidio County, and its population as of the 2010 United States Census was 1,981. The city was founded in the early 1880s as a water stop; the population increased during World War II, but growth has stalled and reversed somewhat since the late 20th century. Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights.   read more…

Port Arthur in Texas

18 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Rose Hill © Michael Reed/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rose Hill © Michael Reed/cc-by-sa-3.0

Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County within the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area of the U.S. state of Texas. A small, uninhabited portion extends into Orange County; it is 90 mi (140 km) east of Houston. The largest oil refinery in the United States, the Motiva Refinery, is located in Port Arthur. Port Arthur is vulnerable to hurricanes and extensive damage to the city has been caused several times. Port Arthur’s Museum of the Gulf Coast is recognized as the area’s definitive collection of items and displays for figures from Port Arthur and the surrounding communities.   read more…

Waco in Texas

2 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

22-story ALICO building © flickr.com - Austrini/cc-by-sa-2.0

22-story ALICO building © flickr.com – Austrini/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waco is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States. It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state. The 2019 population estimate for the city was 139,236. The Waco metropolitan statistical area consists of McLennan and Falls counties, which had a 2010 population of 234,906. Falls County was added to the Waco MSA in 2013. The 2019 U.S. census population estimate for the Waco metropolitan area was 273,920.   read more…

Dallas in Texas

26 October 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Southfork Ranch © Sf46

Southfork Ranch © Sf46

Dallas is a city in Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city’s population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city’s prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. The city has a population aof 1,3 million. Dallas is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Dallas is known for its barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine. Famous products of the Dallas culinary scene include the frozen margarita.   read more…

Paris in Texas

22 June 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0

Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paris is a city and county seat of Lamar County in Texas. The population of the city is at 25,000. It is situated in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods, and 98 miles (158 km) northeast of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain.   read more…

Lubbock in Texas

19 October 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Buddy Holly Center © Billy Hathorn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Buddy Holly Center © Billy Hathorn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County. The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically and geographically as the Llano Estacado and ecologically is part of the southern end of the High Plains. Lubbock has a population of 250,000, making it the 83rd most populous city in the United States of America and the 11th most populous city in the state of Texas. The city is the economic center of the Lubbock metropolitan area, which has a population of 312,000.   read more…

The Cadillac Ranch in Texas

8 February 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© flickr.com - Richie Diesterheft/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Richie Diesterheft/cc-by-2.0

Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.   read more…

Galveston Island on the Gulf of Mexico

14 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Sunset at Galveston Island Beach © Figure8/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sunset at Galveston Island Beach © Figure8/cc-by-sa-3.0

Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States, about 50 miles (80.5 km) southeast of Houston. The entire island, with the exception of Jamaica Beach, is within the city limits of the City of Galveston in Galveston County.   read more…

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