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This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies

This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies August 9, 1911 On this day in 1911, barbed wire promoter and oilman John Warne (Bet-a-Million) Gates died. Gates was born in Illinois in 1855. Gates arrived in Texas as a barbed wire salesman for the Washburn-Moen Company in 1876. He rented San Antonio’s Military Plaza, constructed…
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This Day in Texas History: Colt Patents the “Gun That Won the West”

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Colt Patents the “Gun That Won the West” February 25, 1836 On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt of Hartford, Connecticut patented the Colt revolver. This invention, along with windmills and barbed wire, brought order to the Great Plains. It was eventually produced in numerous…
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