1 Mar 2013, 1:46pm
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TexasHighwayMan.com turns 15!

Fifteen years ago today, I put my esoteric interest out for the world to see.¬† On March 1, 1998, the “Texas HighwayMan Pages” were born.¬† Just like today, I covered everything I¬†knew about Texas roads and the San Antonio freeway system.¬† I still have that original site archived and wow, how things have changed, both in¬†terms of the subject matter as well as in the quality of web publishing (and my skills in doing so.)¬† That first site looks so amateurish today: cheesy, grainy, and¬†oftentimes animated (for no good reason other than¬†I could)¬†graphics, brightly colored and/or busy backgrounds, low-res photos, and a generally¬†clunky layout.¬† But back then, that was cutting edge stuff.¬† That first site was hosted on express-news.net, back when the Express-News actually¬†provided consumer Internet access.¬† About a month later, I added the Getting Around Germany section of my site, so I’ll be celebrating that anniversary im n√§chsten Monat.

Folks ask me why I put the site together and keep it up.¬† Well, the answer is that it’s the classic labor of love.¬† Although it seems like an¬†esoteric topic, just about anyone who drives is interested in knowing what’s going on with the roads.¬† Being interested in transportation all my life, I had a lot of the answers to folks’¬†questions in my head or¬†at least in a pile of old newspapers and other assorted planning documents in my closet, so I thought why not share it with the world?¬† And that’s what I’ve been doing for 15 years and plan to do for at least the next 15.

 

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