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This day in Texas History: Virginia Point Benefits from Galveston Island Bridge

This day in Texas History: Virginia Point Benefits from Galveston Island Bridge February 06, 1860 On this day in 1860, the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad completed its bridge from Virginia Point to Galveston Island. Virginia Point, on the mainland west of Galveston, was an outlying part of Stephen F. Austin’s Coast Colony. The bridge…
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This Day in Texas History: Coxey’s Army Marches

This Day in Texas History: Coxey’s Army Marches on El Paso March 22, 1894 On this day in 1894, a contingent of “Coxey’s Army” arrived in El Paso. In the wake of the 1893 panic Jacob Sechler Coxey of Massillon, Ohio, a businessman and reformer, led an army of jobless men to Washington to induce…
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1/7/2013 Daily Photo: Out of Service

While photographing the old Ice House in Celina, I noticed this old railroad track switch and thought the simple statement made by this aging red sign and vivid yellow handle to be poignant. Out of Service Celina, Texas Page 24 of Texas As I See It Volume I Copyright 2008 Warren Paul Harris all rights…
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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: Legislature Passes Act to Encourage Transcontinental Railroad Through Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Legislature Passes Act to Encourage Transcontinental Railroad Through Texas December 21, 1853 On this day in 1853, the Texas legislature passed the Mississippi and Pacific Railroad Act, designed to encourage the construction of a southern transcontinental railroad through Texas. The act authorized Governor Peter H. Bell…
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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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West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm December 03, 1924 On this day in 1924, the Anton Townsite Company sponsored a “Grand Opening Jubilee” despite a blinding sandstorm and succeeded in selling more than 200 lots in the new town of…
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