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New State Park West of Fort Worth Awaits Funding

by Bill Hanna -
Fort Worth Star Telegram, 08/03/2014 7:38 PM

"Residents in Strawn are hoping the long-planned Palo Pinto Mountains State Park will eventually provide a boost to the small town’s economy.

Outdoor enthusiasts, meanwhile, are looking forward to the day they’ll have a new state park about an hour west of Fort Worth."

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Texas Monthly Bucket List 2010 - Mary's Café was #47

The Bucket List - Texas Monthly, March 2010

by Patricia McConnico, Stephen Harrigan, Don Graham, Skip Hollandsworth, Brian D. Sweany, and Pamela Colloff

"Driving the River Road, in far West Texas; having a drink at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, in Dallas; fishing for bass in Caddo Lake; eating a chicken-fried steak in Strawn; searching for a lightning whelk along the coast; and 58 other things that all Texans must do before they die."

"47. Eat a Chicken-Fried Steak at Mary's Cafe, in Strawn."

"The full Mary's experience begins with the inevitable hike in from wherever you parked on the dusty two-lane highway out front. (Do not arrive at noon or six p.m.) It continues with the wait for a table in the plain-Jane room, with its beige walls, black chairs, and beer signs. (Repeat: Do not arrive at noon or six p.m.) Once you place your order for a chicken-fried steak, things start hopping. Unless the place is slammed, your steak will arrive at supersonic speed in all its golden-brown, plate-lapping glory. Half an inch thick, tenderized on-site, it's cooked on a flat grill, the old-fashioned way. In other words, it's not one of those preposterously battered, preternaturally fluffy modern CFSs. Cut off a piece with your fork (knife unnecessary) and take a bite. It tastes of meat, not grease or batter. Dip it in the cup of generously peppered cream gravy that comes alongside. The flavors meld deliciously. By the time you finish your steak, choice of potato, and Texas toast, you won't be hungry again for a week. 119 Grant Ave., 254-672-5741."

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USA Today Article About Strawn Six Man

Short on numbers, six-man football has Texas-sized appeal

By Jeff Miller, Special for USA TODAY

"STRAWN, Texas — The best little rivalry in Texas high school football will resume Friday night in rural Palo Pinto County. The Strawn Greyhounds host the Gordon Longhorns in a backyard battle between schools so small they play six-man football. The schools are tiny, but the appetite for football is big."

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