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This Day in Texas History: Salt War Turns Bloody

This Day in Texas History: Salt War Turns Bloody October 10, 1877 On this day in 1877, Charles H. Howard shot and killed Louis Cardis in a store in El Paso. The killing was merely the latest, though hardly the last, violent episode in a long dispute known as the Salt War of San Elizario.…
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This Day in Texas History: Mysterious Fire Destroys Parr Political Machine Evidence

This Day in Texas History: Mysterious Fire Destroys Parr Political Machine¬†Evidence August 11, 1914 On this day in 1914, a mysterious fire destroyed the Duval County courthouse and most of the evidence of illegal activity by South Texas boss Archer Parr and his political machine. Parr arrived in Duval County in 1882 at the age…
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This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio

This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio March 11, 1890 On this day in 1890, future Texas governor and U.S. senator W. Lee (Pappy) O’Daniel was born in Malta, Ohio. He came to Texas in 1925 as sales manager of the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Fort Worth, manufacturer of Light…
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