Tag: san antonio

Coffee Table Book Blog

This Day in Texas History: Hospital Destroyed In Hurricane

in 1919, the Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi was demolished by a hurricane in which a nun, two patients, and two employees were killed

A Fortuitous Change of Plans

In the middle of a 2500 mile Route 66 loop… May 2011 involved a lot of driving… As part of a 2500 mile road trip that took us from Frisco, Texas (where we lived for 9 years before realizing we belonged in Dallas) through New Mexico and Arizona and looping around through El Paso –…
Read more

Texas As I See It

Pre-Ordering for 2nd Printing Starts Today

Well buckaroos and buckarettes, it’s been a long road, but today marks a milestone. The first printing of Texas As I See It sold all 3,000 copies in 3 years.  We have had so much else going on that we just could not commit the resources to a reprint.  Until NOW. Endorsed by Ebby Halliday…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: The Circus Comes to Town

This Day in Texas History: The Circus Comes to Town November 8, 1852 On this day in 1852, the first recorded mention of the distinctive Mexican circus in Texas appeared in the San Antonio Ledger. Though the performing groups may have been in Texas prior to this date, this newspaper report marked the first documentation…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar

This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar October 28, 1835 On this day in 1835, Texans and Mexicans skirmished near San Antonio at the battle of Concepción, the opening engagement in the siege of Bexar. Some ninety Texans under the command of James Bowie and James W. Fannin, Jr., defeated…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Radio Broadcasting Comes to South Texas

This Day in Texas History: Radio Broadcasting Comes to South Texas September 25, 1922 On this day in 1922, WOAI-San Antonio, the first radio station in South Texas, began broadcasting. The station, founded by G. A. C. Halff, had an initial power of 500 watts. It grew to 5,000 watts by 1925–considered powerful at that…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies

This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies August 9, 1911 On this day in 1911, barbed wire promoter and oilman John Warne (Bet-a-Million) Gates died. Gates was born in Illinois in 1855. Gates arrived in Texas as a barbed wire salesman for the Washburn-Moen Company in 1876. He rented San Antonio’s Military Plaza, constructed…
Read more

This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations

This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations March 19, 1840 On this day in 1840, Republic of Texas soldiers killed some thirty Penateka Comanche leaders and warriors and five women and children in the Council House Fight in San Antonio. The Comanches had come to San Antonio seeking to make peace.…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar

This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar October 28, 1835 On this day in 1835, Texans and Mexicans skirmished near San Antonio at the battle of Concepción, the opening engagement in the siege of Bexar. Some ninety Texans under the command of James Bowie and James W. Fannin, Jr., defeated…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Natural Bridge Caverns Opens to Public

This Day in Texas History: Natural Bridge Caverns Opens to Public July 03, 1964 On this day in 1964, Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest known cavern in Texas, was opened to the public. The cavern was discovered on March 27, 1960, by four spelunkers who were students at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. It…
Read more

%d bloggers like this: