Friday, November 13, 2015

Welcome to!

We are so excited to finally launch our website! You will find complete information on over 800 Texas towns, approximately 250 U.S. Parklands and Texas State Parklands, and over 100 large Texas lakes. Click on the main menu bar at the top of each page for links. Also on the menu bar you will find “Texas Travel Regions.” These travel regions make it easier for you to find your way around this huge great state! Each town’s pages will provide information on history, arts, education, food (restaurants, wineries, farms & farm produce), and outdoor activities and facilities. The lakes and park pages provide history, amenities & facilities, and activities information.

The “Photo Gallery” features Texas’ park, lake and town photos that may be downloaded for personal or commercial use. The images in the "Photo Galleries’ “Interesting Photos” slide show do not have to be related to Texas – this is a fun photo gallery that should be interesting and/or entertaining. We have thousands of images that will be uploaded to these galleries over time.

You can contact us by email by clicking on “Contact” on the maroon colored menu bar at the top of the page. Menu subjects include spelling and gross grammar errors, photo information errors, contact information errors, and more. Correct away! Use the subject “Photo Corrections & Submissions” to request permission to use a photo, to correct attribution and photo identification errors, or to submit a photo for use on the website. We would love to display your photos! You can also submit photos by clicking on the link located at the lower left hand corner of each of the towns’, lakes’, and parks’ slideshows. Home page slideshow photos must be sized 980:650, or be suitable for cropping to fit. All other slideshow images are sized 600:400, or cropped to fit. When submitting a photo, please include your preferred attribution name, CC license, and photo identification. Photographers may include their business domain name.

It only took 7.5 years to complete this website! Special credit goes to my brother-in-law, Jonathan Eden of Bastrop, for the hundreds of hours he spent proof-reading, teaching me how to use computer programs, driving in from Bastrop to fix my crashed computers and/or ordering me new ones, and for organizing the details of the website launch! Very special credit goes to my nephew, Matt Eden of Bastrop (AIFX, Inc), for the months he spent doing an awesome job writing the website code and creating the website! He and Jonathan are now busy working out the kinks! Thanks to Austin’s Katie Dryer of “Dryer Creative” who designed the website and who was invaluable in helping organize the thousands of website pages into a cohesive form. Also, special thanks to Brad Jones, son of Dr. Lamar and Debbie Jones of Austin, who worked on my computers during my early years of research. I own an incredible debt to the photographers who were generous enough to license their photos for use by others, and to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Edwards Aquifer, and my husband’s partners who permitted me to use their fully copyrighted photos. And last, but not least, special thanks and great gratitude to my husband Dr. David Eden who managed our household while I spent 10 hour days on my computer! And special thanks to my children, son Michael Eden, daughter-in-law Leslie Coleman Eden (photographer), daughter Jenny Eden Aldrete (photographer), and son-in-law Jorge Aldrete for their support.

Welcome to Texas!  Ross Griff CC BY

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