Month: August 2014

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This Day in Texas History: Soul Legend Born in Rogers

This Day in Texas History: Soul Legend Born in Rogers August 8, 1935 On this day in 1935, Joseph Arrington Jr. was born in Rogers, Texas. Arrington, who later gained fame as a soul singer under the name Joe Tex, moved to Baytown at age five with his mother after her divorce from his father.…
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This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite

This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite August 7, 1852 On this day in 1852, Alexander Cockrell paid $7,000 for the portion of the John Neely Bryan homestead that included the Dallas townsite and the Trinity River ferry concession. Bryan, a Tennessee native born in 1810, had settled at a natural ford…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar August 5, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from…
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Warren’s advice du jour: Never post…

Warren’s advice du jour: Never email, tweet, text or post anything you don’t want to see on a billboard tomorrow.      

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