Month: May 2013

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This Day in Texas History: Jones Appointed Commander of Frontier Battalion

This Day in Texas History: Jones Appointed Commander of Frontier Battalion May 02, 1874 On this day in 1874, Governor Richard Coke appointed John B. Jones to command the newly raised Frontier Battalion of Texas Rangers.   Jones, a veteran of the Civil War, was well suited to execute the governor’s mandate to put an…
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This Day in Texas History: Cyclone Devastates Mobeetie

This Day in Texas History: Cyclone Devastates Mobeetie May 01, 1898 On this day in 1898, the Panhandle community of Mobeetie was devastated by a cyclone. The community, considered the “mother city” of the Panhandle, developed from Charles Rath and Bob Wright’s supply store on Sweetwater Creek at a buffalo-hunters’ camp called Hidetown in 1874,…
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