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This Day in Texas History: Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley February 02, 1830 On this day in 1830, business partners John Stryker and James Wiley Magoffin arrived at Matamoros in the sloop Washington. They made port carrying a newly designed cotton gin and several hundred bags of upland…
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This day in Texas History: Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal January 25, 1919 On this day in 1919, rancher C. C. (Lum) Slaughter died, precipitating a tangled family financial scandal. Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Lum Slaughter claimed to be the first male child born…
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This day in Texas History: Kickapoos Rout Confederates in Battle of Dove Creek

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Kickapoos Rout Confederates in Battle of Dove Creek January 08, 1865 On this day in 1865, roughly 160 Confederates and 325 state militiamen lost a battle against the Kickapoo Indians about twenty miles southwest of present San Angelo. A month earlier a scouting party had discovered…
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This day in Texas History: Presidio County Established

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Presidio County established January 03, 1850 On this day in 1850, Presidio County was established from Bexar Land District with Fort Leaton as the county seat. The area around the present town of Presidio on the Rio Grande, known as La Junta de los Ríos, is…
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