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Discover the History of Chevrolet By Reading These Five Books

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Looking for something to do while beating the McKinney heat? Try one of these outstanding books celebrating the long history of Chevrolet and examining some of its finest vehicles.

The Cars

Larry Edsall’s 2017 book Chevrolet Trucks: 100 Years of Building the Future charts the course of Chevrolet pickups from early prototypes to today’s Silverados. Packed with vintage photos and incisive analysis, Chevrolet truck lovers shouldn’t miss this book.

If you’re looking for something more focused, Mike Mueller’s 2017 book The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974 narrows the time period and the focus, remembering legends like the Impala Super Sport and the Camaro Z28 through dozens of photos and informative graphics.

The People

As part of the Images of America series, Michael W.R. Davis’ 2012 book Chevrolet: 1911-1960 recalls the rise of the Chevrolet brand. Discover the history of Chevy through portraits of key Chevrolet figures, classic advertisements and photos of significant vehicles.

Readers looking for something a bit thicker may enjoy Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette, a 2003 biography by Jerry Burton that follows the life of Zora Arkus-Duntov, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who was instrumental in designing the Chevrolet Corvette.

The Experience

Doug Boyce’s 2020 book Chevy Drag Racing 1955-1980: A Celebration of Bowtie’s Success at the Drag Strip examines the automaker’s performance in mid-20th century drag racing, remembering the brilliant vehicles and larger-than-life personalities that dominated the scene.

Contact El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas, to learn more about the current lineup of Chevrolet vehicles and to schedule a test drive.

Enjoy the Rich Culture of Texas with a Virtual Museum Tour

 

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If you’re looking for a good indoor activity this summer, experience one of the virtual tours Texas museums have to offer. From films and paintings to activities, you’re sure to find something to make your day.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth supplies a rotating selection of artifacts to its online collection. Many of these paintings and posters include a short blurb discussing their significance.

Blanton Museum of Art in Austin

Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art offers a wide range of artifacts in its online collection. From contemporary American and Latin American art to Renaissance European paintings to plaster casts of Greco-Roman sculptures, this virtual tour has something for all types of art-lovers.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is giving the public access to their e-museum through social media, an email newsletter, their own website, and Google Arts and Culture. Online visitors will find a collection of films, sculptures, paintings, and artist lectures, all of which are searchable through the museum’s database.

Houston Museum of Natural History

The Houston Museum of Natural History’s online collection includes virtual tours with information centered on its insect zoo, dinosaur casts, Native American collection, Ancient Egyptian collection, and more.

Witte Museum in San Antonio

If you’re looking for activities to do with the kids (or by yourself), the Witte Museum in San Antonio launched its “Witte Where You Are Campaign,” which pairs educational lessons with downloadable activities on a daily basis.

Even though you’re probably not driving as much as usual, don’t neglect your car’s maintenance. Schedule a service appointment at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.

Four Gorgeous Scenic Drives for a Texas Road Trip

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Are you up for a road trip? Enjoy the natural splendor and grandeur of Texas on these scenic drives.

Willow City Loop

The Willow City Loop in central Texas is especially beautiful in the spring, when wildflowers bloom by the hills and creeks that line the road. You won’t need to take a weekend for this trip, as this point-to-point trail is only 13 miles. To get to it, either head north from Willow City or turn east off State Route 16 near the Kunz Homestead.

Lonesome Highway

Be sure your car is in good repair prior to tackling the Lonesome Highway — this path along the Guadalupe Mountains is truly in the wilderness. Should you make the trip, you’ll find all sorts of awe-inspiring views along this scenic drive.

Highway 207

Highway 207 runs through the Palo Duro Canyon, America’s second-largest canyon. A full loop of the highway will take you out about 200 miles, so you’ll have plenty of chances to view this 120-mile long canyon in north Texas.

FM 170

FM 170, also called the “River Road,” follows the Rio Grande in western Texas. Prickly pears and other cacti line the route, as do the beautiful foot-tall Big Bend Bluebonnets. Parts of this highway will take you through the Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the south end isn’t far from the Big Bend National Park.

Schedule a maintenance check at El Dorado Chevrolet before you head out on one of these scenic drives.

Zoos Across the Country Offering Online Visits

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While we are all stuck at home, there are times you and your family might be feeling a little bored. In normal times, this would mean a fun family outing to the zoo. Unfortunately, we can’t visit our favorite zoos in person, but many zoos across the country are offering online zoo visits. Here are a few highlights.

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is home to the famous Fiona the Hippo. Most days the zoo offers a Home Safari program at 3 p.m. EST on its Facebook Live Feed. You can also head to their YouTube channel and catch up on any animals you may have missed.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo offers a variety of live animal cams where you can watch the animals explore their habitats, enjoy mealtime, and play with each other. Some of the animals available include elephants, gorillas, giraffes, flamingos, and leafcutter ants.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world. You and your kids can virtually visit some of their most popular animals including koalas, pandas, polar bears, and tigers.

Until you are able to visit a zoo with your family, enjoy these virtual tours. When it’s time to get back on the road, make sure your car is up to the task by scheduling a maintenance appointment at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.