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Mosier Valley School

This Day in Texas History – Black Students Attempt to Enroll in White School

This Day in Texas History September 4th, 1950 — Black students attempt to enroll in white school On this day in 1950, students from the black community of Mosier Valley mounted a notable challenge to Texas segregation laws by attempting to enroll in the all-white Euless school. Mosier Valley, in Tarrant County, was founded by…
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William Carrol Crawford

This Day in Texas History: Last Surviving Signer of Texas Declaration of Independence Dies

On this day in 1895, William Carrol Crawford, the last surviving signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died while visiting his son in Erath County

The Texas Courthouse Project

There are 254 Counties in Texas I Need to Capture Them All Some Would Call This a Herculean Task I would be inclined to agree… Not that I’m the first one to think of this, but I think anyone who appreciates my work will agree I have a unique style and see the world a…
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Finally Some News On a Reprint

Well, it’s been over 3 years since we ran out of books. Finally we are on track for reprinting volume 1 of Texas As I See It Currently we should be receiving another 3,000 books sometime after the first of the year.  As soon as we have an order placed, I will have a pre-order…
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This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies

This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies October 7, 1883 On this day in 1883, Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo, died in Austin. The Tennessee native married Almaron Dickinson in 1829 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, in 1831. Susanna’s only child, Angelina Elizabeth Dickinson, was born in 1834. Her husband went off…
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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 5, 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: Fess Parker Dies

This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies March 19, 2010 On this day in 2010, Fess Parker, who portrayed both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, died at the age of 85. Parker, born August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, was tapped to play the part of Davy Crockett by Walt Disney in 1954,…
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This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School February 18, 1943 On this day in 1943, Dolly Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky. The San Benito, Texas, native served in the European Theater during World War II. She was killed…
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This Day in Texas History: Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew

This Day in Texas History: Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew January 28, 1986 On this day in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik. The world watched as, 73 seconds into its flight, Challenger broke apart in a violent…
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This Day in Texas History: Fifty Cent Act Repealed

This Day in Texas History: Fifty Cent Act Repealed January 22, 1883 On this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be…
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