Month: April 2013

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This Day in Texas History: Camels Arrive in Texas

This Day in Texas History: Camels Arrive in Texas April 29, 1856 On this day in 1856, a shipload of camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis had urged Congress to bring the animals from North Africa to help the army in its Indian operations. Major H. C. Wayne…
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Recent and Future Exhibits, Art Shows and Events

For those who don’t regularly check our Exhibits page for updates, here’s the latest information on new vendors, art exhibits and art shows where you can find us: Exhibits / Showings / Book Signings March 2013 – Milan Gallery Fort Worth – Art Installation (rustic Texas series of limited edition prints) April 2013 – MJ & S Art Gallery –…
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This Day in Texas History: Pioneer Memoirist Born in Missouri

This Day in Texas History: Pioneer Memoirist Born in Missouri April 28, 1825 Dilue Rose Harris (1825–1914), pioneer and memoirist, the daughter of Dr. Pleasant W. and Margaret (Wells) Rose, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 28, 1825.  The family arrived in Texas in April 1833, stopped temporarily at Harrisburg, and settled at…
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This Day in Texas History: Killer Tornado Presages Town’s Demise

This Day in Texas History: Killer Tornado Presages Town’s Demise April 27, 1907 On this day in 1907, a tornado hit Hemming, Texas, killing seven people and wiping out all but one of the town’s buildings. Hemming, in southern Cooke County, was established in 1889 and named for the donor of its school land. A…
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This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys

This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys April 26, 1854 On this day in 1854, the U.S. War Department ordered Randolph B. Marcy, in conjunction with Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors, to locate and survey land for Indian reservations in unsettled territory, preferably on timbered land of good soil adjacent to…
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This Day in Texas History: Port of Saluria Prominent in Civil War

This Day in Texas History: Port of Saluria Prominent in Civil War April 25, 1861 On this day in 1861, 500 Federal troops stranded at the port of Saluria in Calhoun County were forced to surrender to Confederate colonel Earl Van Dorn. Saluria, at the eastern end of Matagorda Island, was founded in the 1840s…
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This Day in Texas History: Magnolia Petroleum Company Founded

This Day in Texas History: Magnolia Petroleum Company Founded April 24, 1911 On this day in 1911, the Magnolia Petroleum Company was founded as an unincorporated joint-stock association. It was a consolidation of several earlier companies, the first of which, the J. S. Cullinan Company, began operating a refinery at Corsicana in 1898. In 1909…
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This Day in Texas History: Rock and Roll Legend Born in Vernon

This Day in Texas History: Rock and Roll Legend Born in Vernon April 23, 1936 On this day in 1936, rock and roll singer Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas. He grew up in Wink, and while attending Wink High School he formed a country music group called the Wink Westerners. Later, while attending…
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This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto

This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 The battle of San Jacinto was the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution. On March 13, 1836, the revolutionary army at Gonzales began to retreat eastward. It crossed the Colorado River on March 17 and camped near present Columbus on March 20,…
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This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto

This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto April 20, 1836 After admonishing his troops to remember the massacres at San Antonio and at Goliad, Sam Houston and his forces crossed Buffalo Bayou on the evening of April 19. At dawn on April 20 the Texans resumed their trek down the bayou and at Lynch’s Ferry captured a…
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