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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time June 5, 1880 On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee Nation. Belle Starr was born near Carthage, Missouri, in 1848. During the Civil War her…
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This Day in Texas History: Pirate Resigns as Ruler of Galveston Island

This Day in Texas History: Pirate Resigns as Ruler of Galveston Island July 31, 1817 On this day in 1817, pirate Louis Michel Aury resigned his Mexican commission to rule Galveston Island. Aury, born in Paris about 1788, served in the French navy and on French privateers from 1802 or 1803 until 1810, when he…
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This Day in Texas History: Belle Starr Marries Horse Thief Jim Reed

This Day in Texas History: Belle Starr Marries Horse Thief Jim Reed November 01, 1866 On this day in 1866, Myra Maybelle (or Belle) Shirley, better known as Belle Starr, married outlaw Jim Reed. Reed eventually became involved with the Younger, James, and Starr gangs, which killed and looted throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Indian Territory.…
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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time June 05, 1880 On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee Nation. Belle Starr was born near Carthage, Missouri in 1848. During the Civil War her…
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Everything’s Bigger in Texas #52513

Texas is well-known for the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” phenomenon.  Possibly because we have so much room to build any silly thing we can think of, we tend to make ’em just plain bigger.  Or maybe it has nothing to do with sheer acreage, but more about raw Texas Pride (and swagger) that goes hand-in-hand…
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