Month: January 2013

Coffee Table Book Blog

1/14/2013 Daily Image: State Fair Cafeteria

On page 44 of Texas As I See It Volume I, this is the view you would get it you were sleeping on one of the dining tables in the Texas State Fair cafeteria.  While waiting for my wife in the cafeteria, I became mesmerized by the repeating images of the Coca-Cola-themed tables and benches…
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This day in Texas History: War Effort Proceeds as Huge Texas Base is Activated

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) War Effort Proceeds as Huge Texas Base is Activated January 14, 1942 On this date in 1942, Camp Hood was activated. The temporary camp, named for Confederate general John Bell Hood, is now one of the largest military bases in the world. It was officially…
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1/13/2013 Daily Image: Dallas Skyline

On page 152-153 of Texas As I See It is my version of the Dallas skyline.  I knew I needed a shot of the Dallas skyline for the book, but felt it was much more dramatic at night.  So one evening in the Fall of 2010, I made the trek down to Oak Cliff, which…
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This day in Texas History: Rival Cities Cooperate To Open Gigantic Airport

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Rival Cities Cooperate To Open Gigantic Airport January 13, 1974 On this date in 1974 the airport now known as Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport officially opened. Efforts from 1940 to 1965 to build and operate an airport between Dallas and Fort Worth had failed to…
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1/11/2013 Daily Image: Lebanon Church in HDR

Originally in Lebanon, Texas (part of the Peters Colony ) now annexed into Frisco, this Baptist Church was at the intersection of Preston Road and John Hickman Parkway – near La Hacienda Ranch (great Tex-Mex food). Lebanon Church in HDR Frisco, TX Heritage Center On page 91 of Texas As I See It Volume I One…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Troops Captured at Arkansas Post

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Troops Captured at Arkansas Post January 11, 1863 On this day in 1863, the remnants of the Fourth Brigade of Walker’s Texas Division were captured intact at Arkansas Post. The division, organized in Arkansas in October 1862, was the only division in Confederate service…
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1/10/2013 Daily Image: Truck Stop Derrick

Toward the end of our 2,500 mile Route 66 road trip in 2011, we came upon this uniquely Texas establishment on Interstate 10 out in West Texas.  While it is not as common in Texas as it is in Oklahoma to see oil derricks scattered across the landscape, we do encounter them from time-to-time. Truck…
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This day in Texas History: Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Spindletop Oilfield Discovered January 10, 1901 On this day in 1901, the Spindletop Oilfield was discovered on a salt dome south of Beaumont, marking the birth of the modern petroleum industry. Pattillo Higgins, the “prophet of Spindletop,” and others had tried for years to find…
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1/9/2013 Daily Image: Upside-Down Plane

Upside-Down Plane Tornado Damage, Allen, Texas 4-10-08 On this day in 2008, I had been covering extensive tornado damage in Plano, Texas for the local paper when a neighbor mentioned there had been another tornado touch-down in Allen. When I heard ground zero had been this particular landing strip, I immediately called my clients that…
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This day in Texas History: Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo January 09, 1836 On this day in 1836, after losing his bid for a fourth term as a Tennessee representative to the U. S. Congress, Davy Crockett wrote a letter stating his intention to go to Texas. This,…
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