Month: February 2013

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Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry

Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry Gene Autry (1907–1998), the movie star known as the “Singing Cowboy,” was born Orvon Gene Autry in Tioga, Texas, on September 29, 1907. He was the first child of cattle rancher Delbert Autry. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Ravia, Oklahoma. At age five Gene began…
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This Day in Texas History: Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas February 14, 1882 On this day in 1882, the town of Valentine, Texas was founded and named when a Southern Pacific Railroad crew building east from El Paso reached the site. Valentine, in Jeff Davis County, is thirty-six miles west…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings

Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Country music icon Waylon Arnold Jennings (1937–2002) was born near Littlefield, Texas, on June 15, 1937, the son of William Albert and Lorene Bea (Shipley) Jennings. Waylon was born on the J. W. Bittner farm, where his father was working as a tenant farmer. The family later moved…
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This Day in Texas History: Lone Wolf, Ranger Legend, Dies

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) “Lone Wolf,” Ranger Legend, Dies February 13, 1977 On this day in 1977, the legendary Texas Ranger M. T. (Lone Wolf) Gonzaullas died in Dallas at the age of eighty-five. Gonzaullas was born in 1891 to a Spanish father and Canadian mother. He was a…
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2/12/2013 Daily Image: Longhorns and Skyscraper

While photographing Pioneer Park in 2011, I became intrigued by this bronze cattle drive crossing a creek.  Pioneer Park is nestled into the corner of the Dallas Convention Center and houses a large cemetery that is a collection of four separate burial grounds collected in one space. Longhorns and Skyscraper Dallas, Texas Find this on…
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Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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This Day in Texas History: Inventor of the Electric Typewriter Born

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Inventor of the Electric Typewriter Born February 12, 1888 On this day in 1888, James Field Smathers was born near Valley Spring, Texas. In 1908 he became a typist, accountant, and credit manager for a firm in Kansas City, Missouri. He soon realized the need…
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2/11/2013 Daily Image: Ice Plant

2/11/2013 Daily Image:Ice Plant Sometimes you don’t need to go far from your own door to find amazing examples of Mother Nature’s beauty.  Ice storms have this amazing way of rendering the mundane into something magical, as everyday items are coated in a glimmering sheet of frozen water. This dormant grass stalk was just outside…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie

Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie (From Wikipedia) James “Jim” Bowie (c. 1796 – March 6, 1836), a 19th-century American pioneer, soldier, smuggler, slave trader, and land speculator, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real…
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This Day in Texas History: Legislature Passes Bill to Pay for Governor’s “Chicken Salad and Punch”

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Legislature Passes Bill to Pay for Governor’s “Chicken Salad and Punch” February 11, 1915 On this day in 1915, the state legislature passed an appropriations bill to pay for expenses incurred by former governor Oscar Branch Colquitt for “chicken salad and punch,” among other items,…
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