Exploring Texas

A note from our co-founders about our guide to the Lone Star State

by Stranger’s Guide

Dear Readers,

We’re proud to announce our latest guide, a powerful and compelling portrait of one of the most fascinating states in the union—Texas. Order your copy today and be among the first to get it delivered to your door!

Texas has long served as a compelling and contradictory symbol: open road freedom and intolerance, stoicism and extravagance, tradition and the future. It’s the home of NASA and country westerns, Beyoncé and Ted Cruz, home to over 29 million people speaking a total of 160 languages. Above all, it’s a place with a unifying identity—to be Texan remains meaningful, even if those meanings vary.

Stereotypes abound about this complicated and diverse state. In our guide you’ll encounter the places and people behind the caricatures. Travel to football stadiums and hip-hop clubs, stare up at big skies and at skyscrapers. Learn about the real history of Tex-Mex, the extraordinary legacy of Texas women and the horrifying history of racial violence that continues to shape the state’s approach to criminal justice. You’ll also explore the future of the state with some of its most famous sons and daughters, including Dan Rather, Earl Campbell, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Jared and Gen Padalecki and the Black Puma’s Adrian Quesada.


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Russian Cholera Epidemic

In 1823, cholera descended on the Russian Empire for the first time. By 1830, according to a study by R. E. McGrew published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, it had reached Moscow, and a year later, the capital, St. Petersburg. The Empire was, McGrew wrote, “literally frozen in the cholera’s grasp.” Army recruitment had stopped, commerce was at a standstill, and the nation was “strat-jacketed by quarantine regulations” Alexander Chernyshyov, who was then the Minister of War, wrote that the cholera “places us in a situation such as never has existed before.”