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This Day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco

This Day in Texas History: Big Brazos Bridge Opens in Waco January 7, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Waco Suspension Bridge, a 475-foot structure that crosses the Brazos River in downtown Waco, was opened to traffic. At the time, it was one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Civil engineer Thomas…
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This Day in Texas History: Iconoclast Publisher Killed in Waco

This Day in Texas History: Iconoclast Publisher Killed in Waco April 01, 1898 On this day in 1898, controversial journalist William Cowper Brann was fatally shot in the back by Tom E. Davis on a Waco street. Brann managed to pull his own gun and kill Davis. Earlier in the decade Brann’s newspaper, the Iconoclast,…
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This day in Texas History: Brewster County Exposes “Dummy Town”

This day in Texas History: Brewster County Exposes “Dummy Town” February 08, 1910 On this day in 1910, a Brewster County grand jury exposed the Progress City swindle. The grand jury, led by well-known cattleman and Sul Ross State University founder Joseph D. Jackson, reported on the Progress City Town Site Company. This bogus organization…
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This Day in Texas History: Famous Hollywood Designer Born in Waco

This Day in Texas History: Famous Hollywood Designer Born in Waco August 18, 1894 On this day in 1894, Travis Banton was born in Waco. When he was two, his family moved to New York, where he later studied at the Art Students League and the New York School of Fine and Applied Art before…
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This Day in Texas History: Dr Pepper Incorporates

This Day in Texas History: Dr Pepper Incorporates July 06, 1923 On this day in 1923, the Dr Pepper Company was incorporated in Dallas. Dr Pepper was first made in Waco in 1885. Wade Morrison, owner of Morrison’s Old Corner Drug, employed a pharmacist named Charles Alderton, who, when not filling prescriptions, often served soft…
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This Day in Texas History: Chisholm Trail Debuts in Print

This Day in Texas History: Chisholm Trail Debuts in Print May 27, 1870 In its edition for this day in 1870, the Kansas Daily Commonwealth made the earliest known printed reference to the Chisholm Trail, the major livestock route out of Texas. Cattle drovers followed the old Shawnee Trail by way of San Antonio, Austin,…
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This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana

This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana May 23, 1934 On this day in 1934, celebrated Depression-era Texas outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed in a roadside ambush arranged by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer outside of Gibsland, Louisiana. Riddled by some 167 bullets, the bodies were taken to…
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