Monthly Archives: May 2013

This Day in Texas History: Last Passenger Train Leaves Dallas Terminal

This Day in Texas History: Last Passenger Train Leaves Dallas Terminal May 31, 1969 On this day in 1969, the last passenger train left Dallas’s Union Terminal. The Union Terminal Company was chartered in 1912 as part of a project … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: “Village Blacksmith of Cumby” Born in Tennessee

This Day in Texas History: “Village Blacksmith of Cumby” Born in Tennessee May 31, 1839 On this day in 1839, Robert R. Williams was born in Henderson County, Tennessee. He moved to Texas in 1868 and in 1872 became a … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: “Rough Riders” Ordered From San Antonio to Florida

This Day in Texas History: “Rough Riders” Ordered From San Antonio to Florida May 30, 1898 On this day in 1898, Gen. Nelson A. Miles ordered the First United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, better known as the “Rough Riders,” to … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Soil Conservation Board established

This Day in Texas History: Soil Conservation Board established May 29, 1939 On this day in 1939, the State Soil Conservation Board was organized to implement state conservation laws and organize and assist soil-conservation districts across the state in response … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Congress Creates United States Border Patrol

This Day in Texas History: Congress Creates United States Border Patrol May 28, 1924 On this day in 1924, the U.S. Congress established the United States Border Patrol as part of the Immigration Bureau, an arm of the Department of … Continue reading

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas #52513

Texas is well-known for the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” phenomenon.  Possibly because we have so much room to build any silly thing we can think of, we tend to make ’em just plain bigger.  Or maybe it has nothing to … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Chisholm Trail Debuts in Print

This Day in Texas History: Chisholm Trail Debuts in Print May 27, 1870 In its edition for this day in 1870, the Kansas Daily Commonwealth made the earliest known printed reference to the Chisholm Trail, the major livestock route out … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Forget Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a single day set aside each year to honor those many thousand of men and women in our Armed Forces who have given their lives for our freedom and way of life here in … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: “Goat-Gland” Doctor Dies in San Antonio

This Day in Texas History: “Goat-Gland” Doctor Dies in San Antonio May 26, 1942 On this day in 1942, John Romulus Brinkley, controversial medical charlatan, died in San Antonio. Although Brinkley never earned a diploma he was licensed by the … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Stockade Case Trial Commences

This Day in Texas History: Stockade Case Trial Commences May 24, 1869 On this day in 1869, twenty-four defendants went on trial in the celebrated Stockade Case, which refers to the incarceration of thirty-five or thirty-six civilian defendants in a military … Continue reading

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