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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: Brewster County Exposes “Dummy Town”

This day in Texas History: Brewster County Exposes “Dummy Town” February 08, 1910 On this day in 1910, a Brewster County grand jury exposed the Progress City swindle. The grand jury, led by well-known cattleman and Sul Ross State University founder Joseph D. Jackson, reported on the Progress City Town Site Company. This bogus organization…
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