Road to Nowhere

Cutting across America’s heartland, US‑83 remains a must-do long-distance byway—transnavigating this broad, odd nation without once grazing a conventional tourist destination.

Uvalde

Forty miles south of Leakey, US-83 crosses US-90 (the former San Antonio-El Paso Trail) at Uvalde (pop. 26,405), founded in 1855 and still centered on a broad square that originally served as a wagon yard for teamsters and travelers. Uvalde was the home of a Western legend, the late, great celluloid cowgirl Dale Evans. The town’s most famous native son, John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner, served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first- and second-term vice president (1933-1941). After retiring from politics, Garner returned to Uvalde and lived here until his death in 1967 at age 98. His home is now owned by the University of Texas and contains the Briscoe-Garner Museum (333 N. Park St., 830/278-5018, closed Sun.-Mon.), a repository of memorabilia from Garner’s fascinating political career.

Uvalde
Briscoe-Garner Museum (333 N. Park St.)