Houston Bucket List -- 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: Saddle Up, Cowboy

The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example). We welcome your suggestions in the comment section.

Some Houstonians embrace their cowboy heritage -- perhaps a little more than they should -- while others shun it like the plague. It can be both a blessing and a curse in a town that is often synonymous with such things even if you almost never see a guy walking around downtown on a Wednesday in a 10-gallon hat. In our fourth installment of the Houston Bucket List, we tip our hats of the non-cowboy variety to our uneasy acceptance of the days when Main Street was a dirt road and instead of slanted car parking, there were hitches for your horse.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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