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This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite

This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite August 7, 1852 On this day in 1852, Alexander Cockrell paid $7,000 for the portion of the John Neely Bryan homestead that included the Dallas townsite and the Trinity River ferry concession. Bryan, a Tennessee native born in 1810, had settled at a natural ford…
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This day in Texas History: Commission Established to Plan Central National Road

This day in Texas History: Commission Established to Plan Central National Road February 05, 1844 On this day in 1844, the Texas Congress established a five-man commission to oversee the construction of the Central National Road. The road was to begin on the bank of the Trinity River in Dallas County and run to the…
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Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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