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A Fortuitous Change of Plans

In the middle of a 2500 mile Route 66 loop… May 2011 involved a lot of driving… As part of a 2500 mile road trip that took us from Frisco, Texas (where we lived for 9 years before realizing we belonged in Dallas) through New Mexico and Arizona and looping around through El Paso –…
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This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison

This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison October 14, 1890 On this day in 1890, Dwight David Eisenhower, general of the army and thirty-fourth president of the United States, was born in a two-story frame house in Denison, Texas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas. Other…
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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 with his son in Abilene. Carter was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1925. By the late 1950s he was in Birmingham,…
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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: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman

This Day in Texas History: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman April 05, 1896 On this day in 1896, in El Paso, U.S. deputy marshal George A. Scarborough shot constable John Selman, a celebrated gunman and gambler who had just left the Wigwam Saloon. Selman died the next day on the operating table. Scarborough…
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This day in Texas History: Escaped POW William Dyess Resumes Flying and Dies in Plane Crash

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Escaped POW William Dyess Resumes Flying and Dies in Plane Crash December 22, 1943 On this day in 1943, war hero and escaped prisoner of war William Dyess resumed his flying career and was killed while attempting an emergency landing in Burbank, California. Dyess, born…
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