Month: June 2013

Coffee Table Book Blog

Dallas Pioneer Cemetery

Most people are not familiar with one of Dallas’ most remarkable landmarks right in the heart of the City.  Nestled in the crook formed by the intersection of both wings of the Dallas Convention Center is the Pioneer Cemetery. A massive bronze sculpture of a cattle drive crossing a creek is one of the highlights…
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This Day in Texas History: Higher Education Comes to Big Bend

This Day in Texas History: Higher Education Comes to Big Bend June 14, 1920 On this date in 1920, Sul Ross State Normal College, the future Sul Ross State University, began operations. The school, located at Alpine in Brewster County, was authorized by the Thirty-fifth Legislature in 1917. Named after Lawrence Sullivan Ross, governor of…
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This Day in Texas History: Killing of Sheriff Precipitates Ballad Tradition

This Day in Texas History: Killing of Sheriff Precipitates Ballad Tradition June 12, 1901 On this day in 1901, Gregorio Lira Cortez shot and killed Karnes County sheriff W. T. Morris and fled. The apparent misunderstandings that led to the killing, and the extended pursuit, capture, and trials of Cortez made him a folk hero.…
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This Day in Texas History: Fantasy Author Commits Suicide

This Day in Texas History: Fantasy Author Commits Suicide June 11, 1936 On this day in 1936, author Robert Ervin Howard committed suicide in Cross Plains, apparently distraught at the approaching death of his mother. Robert E. Howard, writer, the only child of Dr. Isaac Mordecai and Hester Jane (Ervin) Howard, was born on January…
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This Day in Texas History: First Armed Clash Between Anglo Texans and Mexicans

This Day in Texas History: First Armed Clash Between Anglo Texans and Mexicans June 10, 1832 On this day in 1832, a rebel force attacked Anahuac in the first armed clash between Anglo-Texans and Mexican troops. In 1830, Manuel de Mier y Terán ordered John Davis Bradburn to locate a site for a fort, military…
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This Day in Texas History: Novelist Dies After Fistfight

This Day in Texas History: Novelist Dies After Fistfight June 07, 1979 On this day in 1979, Asa Earl Carter, part Indian, segregationist, politician, speechwriter, and novelist, died as a result of a fistfight in Abilene. Carter was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1925. By the late 1950s he was in Birmingham, Alabama, where he…
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This Day in Texas History: Rudder’s Rangers Distinguish Themselves at Normandy

This Day in Texas History: Rudder’s Rangers Distinguish Themselves at Normandy June 06, 1944 On this day in 1944, D-day, James Earl Rudder commanded the Second Ranger Battalion as it achieved one of the great feats of arms of the Normandy invasion. Rudder, a native of Eden, Texas, had served in the army in the…
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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time June 05, 1880 On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee Nation. Belle Starr was born near Carthage, Missouri in 1848. During the Civil War her…
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This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution

This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution June 04, 1913 On this day in 1913, Brownsville photographer Robert Runyon arrived in Matamoros and began compiling a unique record of the Mexican Revolution along the Texas-Mexico border. The Kentucky native arrived in Texas in 1909 and opened a photography studio the following year.…
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This Day in Texas History: Horse Marines Capture Mexican Ship

This Day in Texas History: Horse Marines Capture Mexican Ship June 03, 1836 On this day in 1836, a mounted ranger company in the service of the Texas revolutionary army captured a Mexican ship. The rangers, under the command of Maj. Isaac Watts Burton, had been dispatched by Gen. Thomas J. Rusk to watch a…
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