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Today in Texas History: Wood County Dams Completed

he new lakes joined the hundreds of other man-made reservoirs in Texas that provide water for municipal use and irrigation

Today in Texas History: Mexico Releases Texas Captives from Perote Prison

Today in Texas History: September 16th, 1844: Mexico Releases Texas Captives from Perote Prison On this day in 1844, Mexican officials released 105 Texans from Perote Prison. The freed men were the last of the captives taken in the Dawson Massacre, the Mier expedition, and the Texan Santa Fe expedition–all episodes in the ongoing strife…
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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

This Day in Texas History:  Spanish Regulations Changes Frontier Line

This Day in Texas History: September 10th, 1772:  Spanish Regulations Changes Frontier Line in Texas  On this day in 1772, the New Regulations for Presidios were formally issued by King Charles III of Spain. They changed the settlement pattern of Texas. Since Spain had acquired the Louisiana Territory from France near the conclusion of the…
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Today in Texas History: Hurricane Devastates Galveston

Today in Texas History: September 8th, 1900 Hurricane Devastates Galveston On this day in 1900, a catastrophic hurricane struck the city of Galveston on the Texas coast. A third of the city was destroyed, and 6,000 to 8,000 people died. Galveston Island was completely inundated. Property loss was estimated at $30 million. The storm is…
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This Day in Texas History: Constitutional Convention Meets in Austin

This Day in Texas History: September 6th, 1875 — Constitutional convention meets in Austin   On this day in 1875, the Constitutional Convention of 1875 met in Austin. The convention grew out of the determination of Texas Democrats to eliminate the radical Constitution of 1869. Edward B. Pickett presided over the convention, which adjourned in…
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Mosier Valley School

This Day in Texas History – Black Students Attempt to Enroll in White School

This Day in Texas History September 4th, 1950 — Black students attempt to enroll in white school On this day in 1950, students from the black community of Mosier Valley mounted a notable challenge to Texas segregation laws by attempting to enroll in the all-white Euless school. Mosier Valley, in Tarrant County, was founded by…
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William Carrol Crawford

This Day in Texas History: Last Surviving Signer of Texas Declaration of Independence Dies

On this day in 1895, William Carrol Crawford, the last surviving signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died while visiting his son in Erath County

The Texas Courthouse Project

There are 254 Counties in Texas I Need to Capture Them All Some Would Call This a Herculean Task I would be inclined to agree… Not that I’m the first one to think of this, but I think anyone who appreciates my work will agree I have a unique style and see the world a…
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This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies

This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies October 7, 1883 On this day in 1883, Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo, died in Austin. The Tennessee native married Almaron Dickinson in 1829 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, in 1831. Susanna’s only child, Angelina Elizabeth Dickinson, was born in 1834. Her husband went off…
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