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This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico

This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico August 17, 1899 On this day in 1899, the criminal career of Thomas Edward (Black Jack) Ketchum ended. Tom and his brother Sam were members of a gang of outlaws that terrorized Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas. Tom was born in San…
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This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies

This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies May 13, 1975 On this day in 1975, Legendary Texas swing musician James Robert (Bob) Wills died. He was born in 1905, near Kosse, in Limestone County, Texas. In 1913 his family moved to Hall County, where Wills learned to play the fiddle. In 1915 he played…
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This Day in Texas History: Rock and Roll Legend Born in Vernon

This Day in Texas History: Rock and Roll Legend Born in Vernon April 23, 1936 On this day in 1936, rock and roll singer Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas. He grew up in Wink, and while attending Wink High School he formed a country music group called the Wink Westerners. Later, while attending…
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3-22-13 Daily Image: Wind Farm Vista

Toward the end of a 2,500 mile Route 66 road trip, we were headed north out of Marfa, en route to San Angelo.  Traveling through the sun-baked wilderness of south-central Texas, we saw a lot of scenic, yet desolate beauty like the image you see here. Vast expanses of The Lone Star State have been…
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3-19-2013 Daily Image: Cafe Sign

Cafe Sign I-20 West Texas May 2010 I found this delightfully decaying highway sign in the middle of nowhere on a road trip to El Paso. My favorite aspect of this sign is the classic curved arrow, no longer pointing to anything valid – and missing the brightly-colored flashing lights with which to attract our…
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This day in Texas History: Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal January 25, 1919 On this day in 1919, rancher C. C. (Lum) Slaughter died, precipitating a tangled family financial scandal. Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Lum Slaughter claimed to be the first male child born…
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1/10/2013 Daily Image: Truck Stop Derrick

Toward the end of our 2,500 mile Route 66 road trip in 2011, we came upon this uniquely Texas establishment on Interstate 10 out in West Texas.  While it is not as common in Texas as it is in Oklahoma to see oil derricks scattered across the landscape, we do encounter them from time-to-time. Truck…
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West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm December 03, 1924 On this day in 1924, the Anton Townsite Company sponsored a “Grand Opening Jubilee” despite a blinding sandstorm and succeeded in selling more than 200 lots in the new town of…
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