Month: January 2013

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This day in Texas History: Heroism of the “Texas Division”

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Heroism of the “Texas Division” January 20, 1944 On this day in 1944, the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Texas Division,” began its “two-day nightmare,” the crossing of the Rapido River in Italy. General Mark Clark needed pressure on the German defensive line below Rome…
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This day in Texas History: Waterloo Approved as New Capital of Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Waterloo Approved as New Capital of Texas January 19, 1839 On this day in 1839, Waterloo (soon to be renamed Austin) was approved as the new capital of the Republic of Texas. In 1836 Columbia (now West Columbia) had become the first capital of an…
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1/18/2013 Daily Image: Capitol Zoom

Capitol Zoom Austin, Texas State Capitol Time-exposure without a tripod February 4, 2012 Copyright 2012 Warren Paul Harris all rights reserved

This day in Texas History: Scandal Purges Body Politic

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Scandal Purges Body Politic January 18, 1971 On this day in 1971, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit in federal court alleging stock fraud against a number of Texas state officials accused of making profitable, quick-turnover, bank-financed stock purchases in return for the passage…
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1/17/2013 Daily Image: SoCo Capitol

The Texas State Capitol building is remarkable from most angles, but seeing it jutting between the skyscrapers of Austin when looking from South Congress Avenue is quite dramatic. SoCo Capitol Austin, Texas View of the Capitol from South Congress Avenue Copyright 2012 Warren Paul Harris all rights reserved

This day in Texas History: A Connecticut Yankee in Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) A Connecticut Yankee in Texas January 17, 1821 On this date in 1821, the government of New Spain granted Moses Austin a permit to settle 300 families in Texas. This momentous agreement began the process of Anglo-American colonization in the future state. The elder Austin…
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Daily Image: The Message

While photographing the Rowlett Creek Cemetery in 2008, I was intrigued by the condition of the steeple on this little chapel.  It looks (to me) like a bolt of lightning made some significant alterations to the spike atop this little church. This image is slated for inclusion in a future edition of Texas As I…
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This day in Texas History: Church Organized in Swedish Community

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Church Organized in Swedish Community January 16, 1897 On this day in 1897, the Bethlehem congregation was organized in Lund, Texas. Lund, in northeastern Travis County, was settled by Swedes in the late 1880s. The community was the center of a large Swedish agricultural settlement…
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1/15/2013 Daily Image: Dallas Confederate Monument

Not many people know this Confederate Monument exists. Let alone that it is right next to the Convention Center in Pioneer Cemetery. The other thing most people don’t know is that there is a Confederate Cemetery on MLK Blvd in South Dallas. Am I the only one who finds that ironic?… Find this fascinating monument…
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This day in Texas History: Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office January 15, 1874 On this day in 1874, Democrat Richard Coke was inaugurated as governor of Texas. Nevertheless, Republican governor Edmund J. Davis refused to vacate the office. Coke had overwhelmingly won the gubernatorial election in…
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