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This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico

This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico August 17, 1899 On this day in 1899, the criminal career of Thomas Edward (Black Jack) Ketchum ended. Tom and his brother Sam were members of a gang of outlaws that terrorized Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas. Tom was born in San…
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On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis

On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis June 03, 1850 On this day in 1850, delegates from the southern states collected in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the sectional crisis resulting from the Mexican War. In 1849 a bipartisan convention met at Jackson, Mississippi, and called for a southern convention to…
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This Day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt in El Paso

This Day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt in El Paso April 17, 1881 On this day in 1881, Dallas Stoudenmire survived an assassination attempt by former city marshall Bill Johnston by shooting him down in the city streets. Dallas Stoudenmire (1845–1882), gunfighter-cum-lawman, was born on December 11, 1845, in Aberfoil, Macon County, Alabama, to…
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This Day in Texas History: Soil Conservation Board established

This Day in Texas History: Soil Conservation Board established May 29, 1939 On this day in 1939, the State Soil Conservation Board was organized to implement state conservation laws and organize and assist soil-conservation districts across the state in response to the devastating Dust Bowl of the 1930s. State headquarters was established in Temple, and…
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This Day in Texas History: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman

This Day in Texas History: Marshal Guns Down Notorious Outlaw / Lawman April 05, 1896 On this day in 1896, in El Paso, U.S. deputy marshal George A. Scarborough shot constable John Selman, a celebrated gunman and gambler who had just left the Wigwam Saloon. Selman died the next day on the operating table. Scarborough…
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This Day in Texas History: Cowboy, Author, and Detective Born on Texas Coast

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Cowboy, Author, and Detective Born on Texas Coast February 07, 1855 On this day in 1855, Charles Siringo was born in Matagorda County. Beginning in 1870, he worked as a cowboy, part of the time for Shanghai Pierce, and later helped establish the LX Ranch.…
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