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This Day in Texas History: Sweethearts of the Cattle Trail Marry

This Day in Texas History: Sweethearts of the Cattle Trail Marry July 26, 1870 On this day in 1870, rancher Charles Goodnight married his sweetheart Mary Ann (Molly) Dyer. The two first met at Fort Belknap about 1864. Goodnight, a veteran cattleman, helped blaze the Goodnight-Loving Trail in 1866. His wife Molly, orphaned in the…
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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: 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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