Category Archives: Texas

Traipsing Through Texas

Over the past few months I have had opportunities to travel in many parts of central Texas; up along the Red River, eastward to Marshall and Nacogdoches, and south the Brenham and Navasota. All areas are often similar but definitely … Continue reading

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The Last Cattle Drive to New Orleans

I took a long weekend recently to spend in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. Yes, I enjoyed the delicious food, the weather was perfect, and flowers were already blooming. But my mission was indoors at the Williams Research … Continue reading

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The First Anglo Settlers in Texas

Did you know that the first Anglo settlers in Texas did not follow Stephen F. Austin to Austin’s Colony in 1821, but were here in North Texas as early as 1816? True! One story I’ve heard is that a few … Continue reading

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Who Would Cheat at Football?

Texas, the big football powerhouse that it is, was somewhat a latecomer to the sport. High School sports as we know them today were organized in the state about 1919. Prior to that time, most rural schools only went to … Continue reading

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Another Great Bookstore

Earlier this month I took an extended weekend and traveled to Fredericksburg. While I was there I did what most tourist do; I shopped. But not normal shopping, I was on the lookout for Texana books. I found a neat … Continue reading

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Butterfield Overland Mail Trail

When I was in elementary school in Jacksboro, my parents took my brother and me to the steps of the First Presbyterian Church to watch the Stage Coach come through town. Since he and I were avid Lone Ranger fans, … Continue reading

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A Distinctly Unique Courthouse Dedication

County courthouse dedications were times of great celebration throughout the state of Texas. Everyone in the county turned out for the occasion that usually included lengthy speeches by prominent speakers, lots of food and reminisces, and local entertainment. They lasted … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

Occasionally I find myself with great materials that are too brief to incorporate into a whole article. Today is one of those articles where I try to include a few different topics in this space. The first item involves the Lone … Continue reading

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The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present

Margaret Lewis Furse, in writing about her family ranch in Matagorda County, has created a unique entry in the traditional agricultural histories often published by university presses. Ms. Furse, traces the evolution of the Hawkins Plantation from its beginning in … Continue reading

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Where’s the Rainmaker?

This post is a companion to the most recent posting about cloud seeding. Virgil Seay was born in Chickasaw Nation of Indian Territory during the drought of 1891-1895.  Around 1900 the family moved back to Montague County, Texas where his … Continue reading

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