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3-19-2013 Daily Image: Cafe Sign

Cafe Sign I-20 West Texas May 2010 I found this delightfully decaying highway sign in the middle of nowhere on a road trip to El Paso. My favorite aspect of this sign is the classic curved arrow, no longer pointing to anything valid – and missing the brightly-colored flashing lights with which to attract our…
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3-14-13 Daily Image: Lone Tree

Standing sentinel atop a hill on the outskirts of Frisco, Texas, with a tombstone leaned against it’s trunk, this bald cypress struck me as majestic – and a little lonely. Lone Tree Zion Cemetery, Frisco, TX Page 138 in Texas As I See It. Order your signed / personalized copy of Texas As I See…
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This Day in Texas History: REA Brings Electricity to Rural Texas

This Day in Texas History: REA Brings Electricity to Rural Texas March 09, 1936 On this day in 1936, a fifty-eight-mile power line near Bartlett, Texas, was energized, according to some sources the first in the nation under the Rural Electrification Administration. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the REA in May 1935, only about…
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This Day in Texas History: Bluebonnet Proclaimed State Flower

This Day in Texas History: Bluebonnet Proclaimed State Flower March 07, 1901 On this day in 1901, the Texas legislature proclaimed the bluebonnet the state flower. In the 1930s the state began a highway beautification program that included scattering bluebonnet seed beside roadways, thus extending the flower’s range. The flower – called in some Indian…
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2-28-2013 Daily Image: Texas Guitar Case

En route from San Antonio to Fredericksburg just after Christmas, we flew past a sign that read Luckenbach – and hit the brakes… Luckenbach had been on my list of places to explore for years and the opportunity had nearly escaped us again. A brief detour and we were there! Not much to look at,…
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2/27/13 Daily Image: Telegraph Office

Telegraph Office Edom, Texas Find this on page 113 of Texas As I See It Order your signed / personalized copy of Texas As I See It: http://www.texasasiseeit.net/ Copyright 2008 Warren Paul Harris All Rights Reserved The telegraph in it’s popular version, was invented by Samuel B. Morse in 1836. By 1861, telegraph lines connected…
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2/22/2013 Daily Image: Refinery Stack

On page 116 of Texas As I See It is a study in monochrome of a refinery stack.  On a road trip to El Paso in May of 2010, I stopped in Big Spring, Texas to study the large refinery on the north side of the highway.  While fascinating architecturally, the odor created by a…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place February 19, 1846 On this day in 1846, the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. The flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered, and the flag of the United States was raised.…
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2/18/2013 Daily Image: ICE Meat Curing

I’m a big fan of “ghost signs” in general, but especially the rustic, small-town variety we find all throughout the southwest.  While exploring a very small town here in Texas, I discovered this gem. ICE Meat Curing Normangee, Texas Slated for a future edition of Texas As I See It Copyright 2012 Warren Paul Harris…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry

Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry Gene Autry (1907–1998), the movie star known as the “Singing Cowboy,” was born Orvon Gene Autry in Tioga, Texas, on September 29, 1907. He was the first child of cattle rancher Delbert Autry. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Ravia, Oklahoma. At age five Gene began…
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