Month: January 2013

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1/8/2013 Daily Image: Windmill in the Trees

One of my favorite areas to explore is Prosper, Texas.  It’s wide-open spaces, punctuated with abandoned homesteads, barns and silos make for some very dramatic images and I find myself returning frequently to explore. This image was captured during one such exploration in 2011.  I felt this abandoned homestead had a story that needed to…
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This day in Texas History: Kickapoos Rout Confederates in Battle of Dove Creek

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Kickapoos Rout Confederates in Battle of Dove Creek January 08, 1865 On this day in 1865, roughly 160 Confederates and 325 state militiamen lost a battle against the Kickapoo Indians about twenty miles southwest of present San Angelo. A month earlier a scouting party had discovered…
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1/7/2013 Daily Photo: Out of Service

While photographing the old Ice House in Celina, I noticed this old railroad track switch and thought the simple statement made by this aging red sign and vivid yellow handle to be poignant. Out of Service Celina, Texas Page 24 of Texas As I See It Volume I Copyright 2008 Warren Paul Harris all rights…
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This day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco January 07, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Waco Suspension Bridge, a 475-foot structure that crosses the Brazos River in downtown Waco, was opened to traffic. At the time, it was one of the longest suspension bridges in…
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1/6/13 Daily Photo: Your Table is Ready

As I was wrapping up the shoot of a rural cemetery in North Texas one day, this massive lichen-encrusted picnic table caught my eye.  The term “large” is grossly inadequate for this more-than-25-feet-long outdoor table at the New Hope Cemetery.  Scenic, yet desolate, this is one of my favorite images of all time. Find this…
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This day in Texas History: Actor Guinn Williams Jr. Dies

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Actor Guinn Williams Jr. Dies January 06, 1962 On this day in 1962, Guinn Williams Jr., who enjoyed a lengthy career as a character actor, died in Van Nuys, California. Williams, who was named for his congressman father, was born in 1899 in Decatur, Texas.…
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This day in Texas History: First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered January 05, 1854 On this day in 1854, the first telegraph company in Texas was chartered. The Texas and Red River Company opened its first office in Marshall on February 14, offering patrons connections with New Orleans via Shreveport…
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1/4/2012 Daily Photo: Digging the Fog

Another classic example of opportunistic photography and why I am never without a camera.  I love how fog renders the mundane as something mysterious and magical.  On my way out one morning, I found myself fascinated by some construction workers while I waited at a red light.  I had just enough time to capture several…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Radio Station Sets Country Music Standard

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Radio Station Sets Country Music Standard January 04, 1923 On this day in 1923, radio station WBAP in Fort Worth established the basic format for country music variety show broadcasting (a format subsequently taken over by Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry” and Chicago’s “National Barn…
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