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This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana

This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana May 23, 1934 On this day in 1934, celebrated Depression-era Texas outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed in a roadside ambush arranged by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer outside of Gibsland, Louisiana. Riddled by some 167 bullets, the bodies were taken to…
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This Day in Texas History: Convention of 1836 Breaks Up in a Hurry

This Day in Texas History: Convention of 1836 Breaks Up in a Hurry March 17, 1836 On this day in 1836, the Convention of 1836 adjourned in haste as the Mexican army approached Washington-on-the-Brazos. The convention, which met on March 1, drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas,…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie

Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie (From Wikipedia) James “Jim” Bowie (c. 1796 – March 6, 1836), a 19th-century American pioneer, soldier, smuggler, slave trader, and land speculator, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real…
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This day in Texas History: First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered January 05, 1854 On this day in 1854, the first telegraph company in Texas was chartered. The Texas and Red River Company opened its first office in Marshall on February 14, offering patrons connections with New Orleans via Shreveport…
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This Day in Texas History: Texarkana Established

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texarkana established December 08, 1873 On this day in 1873, the community of Texarkana was established, and the first store in town, a combination drug and grocery store operated by George M. Clark, opened for business. The town is in two states, Texas and Arkansas,…
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