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This Day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco

This Day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco January 7, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Waco Suspension Bridge, a 475-foot structure that crosses the Brazos River in downtown Waco, was opened to traffic. At the time, it was one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Civil engineer Thomas…
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This Day in Texas History: Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas

This Day in Texas History: Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas May 19, 1910 On this day in 1910, a 500-pound meteorite fell to earth outside the northeast Texas community of Charleston during the passage of Halley’s Comet. Delta County’s most publicized event of the decade was not without precedent, however, as more than 230 meteorites…
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This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing

This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing April 12, 1836 On this day in 1836, Mexican forces under General Santa Anna captured Thompson’s Ferry, on the Brazos River between San Felipe and Fort Bend. As Sam Houston’s army retreated eastward, a rear-guard under Moseley Baker at San Felipe and Wyly Martin…
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This day in Texas History: Possum Kingdom Reservoir Completed

This day in Texas History: Possum Kingdom Reservoir Completed March 20, 1941 Possum Kingdom Reservoir, popularly known as Possum Kingdom Lake, is on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto, Stephens, Jack, and Young counties It has a capacity of 724,700 acre-feet, a surface area of 19,800 acres, and a shoreline of 310 miles. Here Morris…
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This Day in Texas History: New Fort Anchors Texas Line of Frontier Defense

This Day in Texas History: New Fort Anchors Texas Line of Frontier Defense June 24, 1851 On this day in 1851, Fort Belknap was established in what is now Young County, in north central Texas. Since the chosen site lacked water, the fort was moved two miles to its present location beside the Brazos River.…
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This Day in Texas History: Meteorite from Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas

This Day in Texas History: Meteorite from Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas May 19, 1910 On this day in 1910, a 500-pound meteorite fell to earth outside the northeast Texas community of Charleston during the passage of Halley’s Comet. Delta County’s most publicized event of the decade was not without precedent, however, as more than…
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This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys

This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys April 26, 1854 On this day in 1854, the U.S. War Department ordered Randolph B. Marcy, in conjunction with Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors, to locate and survey land for Indian reservations in unsettled territory, preferably on timbered land of good soil adjacent to…
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This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto

This Day in Texas History: The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 The battle of San Jacinto was the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution. On March 13, 1836, the revolutionary army at Gonzales began to retreat eastward. It crossed the Colorado River on March 17 and camped near present Columbus on March 20,…
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This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto

This day in Texas History: Eve of the Battle of San Jacinto April 20, 1836 After admonishing his troops to remember the massacres at San Antonio and at Goliad, Sam Houston and his forces crossed Buffalo Bayou on the evening of April 19. At dawn on April 20 the Texans resumed their trek down the bayou and at Lynch’s Ferry captured a…
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This day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco January 07, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Waco Suspension Bridge, a 475-foot structure that crosses the Brazos River in downtown Waco, was opened to traffic. At the time, it was one of the longest suspension bridges in…
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