Month: February 2013

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This Day in Texas History: Feds Regulate “Hot” Oil

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Feds Regulate “Hot” Oil February 22, 1935 On this day in 1935, the Connally Hot Oil Act became law. The act came about as a result of the federal government’s attempts to deal with the problem of “hot” oil — petroleum produced in violation of…
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This Day in Texas History: Roy Bean Stages a Prize Fight

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Roy Bean Stages a Prize Fight February 21, 1896 On this day in 1896, colorful lawman Roy Bean staged a heavyweight championship fight on a sandbar just below Langtry, on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. Bean, known as the “Law West of the…
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This Day in Texas History: Governor Edmund Davis Imposes Martial Law in Walker County

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Governor Edmund Davis Imposes Martial Law in Walker County February 20, 1871 On this day in 1871, martial law was declared in Walker County. Lawlessness was widespread during Reconstruction, and Republican efforts often seemed to exacerbate the problem. The so-called Walker County Rebellion, which led to the…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place February 19, 1846 On this day in 1846, the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. The flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered, and the flag of the United States was raised.…
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2/18/2013 Daily Image: ICE Meat Curing

I’m a big fan of “ghost signs” in general, but especially the rustic, small-town variety we find all throughout the southwest.  While exploring a very small town here in Texas, I discovered this gem. ICE Meat Curing Normangee, Texas Slated for a future edition of Texas As I See It Copyright 2012 Warren Paul Harris…
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This Day in Texas History: Secessionist Fire-Eater Dies

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Secessionist Fire-Eater Dies February18,1874 On this day in 1874, secessionist leader Louis T. Wigfall died in Galveston. The South Carolina native arrived in Texas in 1846 and settled in Nacogdoches, where he was a law partner of Thomas J. Jennings and William B. Ochiltree. Soon…
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People Ask: How Do You Find Your Photos?

During presentations and lectures, one of the most common questions I get is “How do you find all these interesting things you shoot?” The answer is multi-faceted.  I receive my inspiration from varied sources: Friends and acquaintances frequently mention some interesting thing they’ve seen in their travels, at which point I whip out my iPhone…
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This Day in Texas History: Longoria Given Hero’s Burial

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Longoria Given Hero’s Burial February 16, 1949 On this day in 1949, the body of Private Felix Longoria of Three Rivers, Texas, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Longoria had died in the Philippines near the end of World War II. When his recovered remains…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed

Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed (from Wikipedia) Guy Berkeley Breathed (June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. Born in Encino, California, and raised in Houston,…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Adopts Constitution

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Adopts Constitution February 15, 1876 On this day in 1876, citizens of Texas adopted the Constitution of 1876. They ratified it by a vote of 136,606 to 56,652. The document is the sixth constitution by which Texas has been governed since declaring independence from…
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