Washington, D.C-based author and journalist Stew Magnuson is returning to Texas to give his multi-media presentation, “The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83” during the Wild and Free on 83.

Nebraska native Magnuson has made multiple trips along the 1,885-mile-long route that stretches from the Canadian border in the north to Brownsville, Texas, in the south and produced three books based on the fascinating historical events he found along the way.

Magnuson calls Route 83 “the Last American Highway” because the north-south 83 is one of the longest remaining U.S. federal highways that has not been largely paved over by Interstate, or swallowed up by urban sprawl.


He has spent the last decade encouraging travelers to explore Highway 83 and spend some of the their dollars in the small towns along the way.

His compelling stories and images from multiple journeys along the highway are represented in three volumes: “The Dakotas,” “Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma,” and “Texas.” With the longest stretch of mileage along the route, Texas rates a book all its own.

Stew will make five appearances during Wild & Free:

Wellington's Ritz Theatre | 902 East Avenue

Thursday, August 1st at 3 pm

Canadian's Palace Theatre | 210 W. Main Street 

Thursday, August 1st at 7 pm

Childress County Heritage Museum | 210 Third Street

Saturday, August 3rd at 11 am

Wheeler Historical Museum | 101 N. Alan L. Bean Blvd.

Saturday, August 3rd at 3 pm

Shamrock's U-Drop Inn | 111 Rte. 66

Saturday, August 3rd at 7 pm

Meet Stew Magnuson

Discover the rich heritage of communities along the Texas Veterans Memorial Highway while enjoying dozens of exciting, family-friendly pitstops along the way! 

A full calendar of events for Wild & Free on 83 is on tap for Childress, Wellington, Shamrock and Wheeler. Mark your calendars now for July 31-Aug. 2, 2020!