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This day in Texas History: HemisFair Opens in San Antonio

This day in Texas History: HemisFair Opens in San Antonio April 06, 1968 On this day in 1968, HemisFair, the first officially designated international exposition in the southwestern United States, opened in San Antonio. It celebrated the cultural heritage shared by San Antonio and the nations of Latin America. It ran from April to October…
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This Day in Texas History: First Train Crosses the Pecos High Bridge

This Day in Texas History: First Train Crosses the Pecos High Bridge March 30, 1892 On March 30, 1892, The first train to cross the Pecos High Bridge was a Special carrying C. P. Huntington, president of the Southern Pacific. Trains on the Sunset Route of the Southern Pacific lines have crossed the Pecos River…
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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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This Day in Texas History: Council House Fight Destroys Comanche-White Relations

This Day in Texas History: Council House Fight Destroys 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.…
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This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution”

This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” March 08, 1798 On this day in 1798, Mathew Caldwell was born in Kentucky. He settled in Dewitt County, Texas, in 1831. Caldwell earned the name “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” because he rode from Gonzales to Bastrop to call men…
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2-28-2013 Daily Image: Texas Guitar Case

En route from San Antonio to Fredericksburg just after Christmas, we flew past a sign that read Luckenbach – and hit the brakes… Luckenbach had been on my list of places to explore for years and the opportunity had nearly escaped us again. A brief detour and we were there! Not much to look at,…
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This Day in Texas History: Travis Writes Letter From the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Travis Writes Letter From the Alamo February 24, 1836 On this day in 1836, William Barret Travis, commanding the Texans under attack in the Alamo, wrote his famous letter addressed “To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World.” In the…
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This Day in Texas History: Madam Candelaria Dies at age 113

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) “Madam Candelaria” Dies at age 113 February 10, 1899 On this day in 1899, Andrea Castañón Villanueva (Madam Candelaria), who claimed to be a survivor of the battle of the Alamo, died at age 113 in San Antonio. She said she had been born in…
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This Day in Texas History (redux)

This Day in Texas History (redux): <but wait… There’s More!> February 02, … 1947: Actress and model, Farrah Fawcett is born in Corpus Christi.                       1856: The Texas legislature grants Dallas a town charter. Dr. Samuel Pryor, elected the first mayor, headed a town government…
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1/31/2013 Daily Image: River Walk Umbrellas II

1/31/2013 Daily Image: River Walk Umbrellas II Giving credit where credit is due, a photography student of mine produced an image like this (only better) during a class I was teaching in Cedar Hill.  That’s what gave me the idea to find the right vantage point for this shot. River Walk Umbrellas II San Antonio…
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