Month: February 2013

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2/5/2013 Daily Image: Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators

2/5/2013 Daily Image: Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators A view of the “pillbox” jail against the backdrop of Frisco’s historic grain elevators. Total interior space of the original jail is only about 120 square feet. Imagine being locked in here during a Texas summer.. Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators Original Frisco Jail in foreground Frisco,…
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This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Passes Legislation Regarding Free Blacks

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Republic of Texas Passes Legislation Regarding Free Blacks February 05, 1840 On this day in 1840, the Congress of the Republic of Texas passed the Law of February 5. Though there were relatively few free blacks in the republic, legislators concerned over the status of…
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This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-fated Peters Colony

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-fated Peters Colony February 04, 1841 On this day in 1841, the Republic of Texas passed a law authorizing the president to enter into an empresario contract with William S. Peters of Pennsylvania and his associates. The contract required Peters to…
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This Day in Texas History: Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash February 03, 1959 On this day in 1959, Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa. After a show on the night of February 2 in Clear Lake,…
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This Day in Texas History (redux)

This Day in Texas History (redux): <but wait… There’s More!> February 02, … 1947: Actress and model, Farrah Fawcett is born in Corpus Christi.                       1856: The Texas legislature grants Dallas a town charter. Dr. Samuel Pryor, elected the first mayor, headed a town government…
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This Day in Texas History: Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley February 02, 1830 On this day in 1830, business partners John Stryker and James Wiley Magoffin arrived at Matamoros in the sloop Washington. They made port carrying a newly designed cotton gin and several hundred bags of upland…
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This Day in Texas History: Ground Broken for New Capitol

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Ground Broken for New Capitol February 01, 1882 On this date in 1882, building commissioners Nimrod Norton and Joseph Lee turned the first shovelful of dirt for the present Texas Capitol. Construction was financed by the sale of three million acres of public land in…
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