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TiTH: Texas Borders Open

March 24

On this day in 1825, the Mexican legislature, meeting in Saltillo, passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. The legislation was designed to bring about the peopling of Coahuila y Tejas. It encouraged farming, ranching, and commerce.

For a nominal fee, the law granted settlers as much as a square league (4,428.4 acres) of pastureland and a labor...
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03/23/2017 at 22:24. Facebook
TiTH: How Fort Worth Became Cow Town

March 23

On this day in 1893, the Fort Worth Stock Yards were officially incorporated.

The Fort Worth livestock market became the largest in Texas and the Southwest, the biggest market south of Kansas City, and consistently ranked between third and fourth among the nation's large terminal livestock markets for five decades, from about 1905 to the...
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03/22/2017 at 22:07. Facebook
TiTH: Texas Navy Captures First Vessel

March 22

On this day in 1836, the 60-ton armed schooner Liberty, commanded by William S. Brown, seized the brig Durango in Matagorda Bay.

The Durango was owned by a New Orleans mercantile house with a longstanding interest in the Texas trade, which makes it unlikely that she was carrying war contraband designed to assist the Mexican army.

A more...
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Texas Back Roads
03/21/2017 at 22:07. Facebook
TiTH: Nolan Has Standoff with Authorities

March 21

On this day in 1801, Philip Nolan, mustanger and filibuster, died at the hands of Mexican troops.

It was not Nolan's first visit to Texas to acquire horses. His first trip he took 50 mustangs back to Louisiana, his second, 250, and his third trip Nolan took more than 1200 wild mustangs back to Louisiana. He was also known to be carrying on...
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03/20/2017 at 22:07. Facebook
TiTH: Legendary Texas Yodeler Goes Silent

March 20

On this day in 1987, legendary Austin country singer and tavern owner Kenneth Threadgill died of a pulmonary embolism.

Threadgill was born in Peniel, Texas, in 1909, the son of a minister. As a youngster, Threadgill was working at Beaumont's Tivoli Theater when Jimmie Rodgers performed. Backstage, Rodgers heard Threadgill imitating his...
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03/19/2017 at 18:57. Facebook
TiTH: Cherokee Seek to Acquire Tribal Land Grant from Mexico

March 19

On this day in 1826, Cherokee leader John Dunn Hunter arrived in Mexico City to renew negotiations with the Mexican government for land for a Cherokee settlement in Texas.

Hunter was promised land to be granted to individual Indian settlers but was unsuccessful in getting a tribal grant with the right of...
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03/18/2017 at 21:17. Facebook
TiTH: 80 Years Ago at 3:17

March 18

On this day in 1937, a massive explosion caused the steel-framed school building in New London, in Rusk County, to collapse, killing a reported 298 people. It was the worst school disaster in United States history. Of the 500 students in the building, only about 130 escaped serious injury.

The explosion, which was heard four miles away, occurred when a...
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TiTH: "Bring 'Em Back Alive"

March 17

On this day in 1884, Frank "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Buck, hunter, author, and filmmaker, was born in Gainesville, Texas.

He traveled over the world trapping and transporting exotic animals to zoos and circuses.

He wrote, at least, seven books and produced several motion pictures about animals and his adventures.

Buck died in Houston on March 25,...
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TiTH: Destruction of San Sabá Mission

March 16

On this day in 1758, some 2,000 Comanches and allied North Texas Indians descended on Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá [Sa ⋅ baa ], on the San Saba River near the present site of Menard. The mission had been established the previous year to Christianize the eastern Apaches.

The attackers killed two priests, Fray Alonso Giraldo de Terreros and...
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TiTH: Court-Martial of Alamo Hero's Son

March 15

On this day in 1856, the court-martial of Capt. Charles Edward Travis, one of the most sensational courtroom dramas in history, convened at Fort Mason.

Charles, son of beloved Alamo hero William Barret Travis, was born in Alabama in 1829 and reared by his mother and stepfather in New Orleans after his father’s death. He moved to Brenham in...
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TiTH: Ruby Found Guilty

March 14

On this day in 1964, Dallas night club manager Jack Ruby was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

On November 24, 1963, Ruby, then proprietor of the Carousel Club, had shot and killed Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in the basement of the Dallas City Jail, during Oswald's transfer to the county jail.

Millions of witnesses...
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TiTH: Fort Inge Established

March 13

On this day in 1849, frontier artist and military officer Capt. Seth Eastman and his companies established Camp Leona on the Leona River in southern Uvalde County. The outpost, which was soon renamed Fort Inge, was part of a federal line of forts in Texas.

Army troops and Texas militia used the camp as a base while they provided protection for...
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TiTH: "The Ugliest Thing I Ever Saw"

March 12

On this day in 1967, a record number of visitors went to the Diamond M Museum in Snyder, Texas, to see Peter Hurd's official portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson, which Johnson had rejected and declared "the ugliest thing I ever saw."

Hurd, a native of New Mexico born in 1904, studied under N. C. Wyeth in the 1920s and first came to national...
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TiTH: Pass the Biscuits Pappy

March 11

On this day in 1890, future Texas governor and U.S. senator W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel was born in Malta, Ohio.

He came to Texas in 1925 as sales manager of the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Fort Worth, the manufacturer of Light Crust Flour. He took over the company's radio advertising in 1928 and hired and named the Light Crust Doughboys, the...
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TiTH: A Silver Mine for Every Texan

March 10

On this day in 1756, Bernardo de Miranda y Flores, lieutenant governor of Texas, returned to San Antonio after his expedition to Los Almagres Mine in present-day Llano County.

He announced the discovery of “a tremendous stratum of ore,” and he proclaimed the promise of “a mine to each of the inhabitants of the province of Texas.”

Even though the...
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TiTH: Sheep Wars

March 09

On this day in 1881, a Texas law provided for the appointment of state sheep inspectors and the quarantine of diseased sheep. The measure was but one part of the saga of the sheep wars.

Sheep ranching already had an extensive history in Texas. The first Spanish explorers and missionaries brought their flocks, and mission ranches near San Antonio and La Bahía...
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TiTH: 42 Days with a Dead Body

March 08

On this day in 1850, George Glenn, black trail driver, was born into slavery, probably in Colorado County, Texas. He was raised on the ranch of Robert B. Johnson of Columbus and trained in ranching skills and as a trail cook.

After the Civil War and emancipation, Glenn evidently continued at the Johnson ranch as a cowhand.

In the spring of 1870, he...
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TiTH: The "Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution"

March 08

On this day in 1798, Mathew Caldwell was born in Kentucky.

He settled in Dewitt County, Texas, in 1831.

Caldwell earned the name "Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution" because he rode from Gonzales to Bastrop to call men to arms before the battle of Gonzales in October 1835.

He was also called "Old Paint" because his whiskers were...
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TiTH: Texas Gets a State Flower

March 07

On this day in 1901, the 27th Texas legislature adopted the bluebonnet, Lupinus subcarnosus, as the state flower. The flower's popular name derives from its resemblance to a sunbonnet. It has also been called buffalo clover, wolf flower and el conejo.

In the 1930s the state began a highway-beautification program that included scattering bluebonnet...
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TiTH: Decorated Pilot Shot Down

March 06

On this day in 1944, John Cary Morgan's plane was shot down over Berlin. He spent the remaining 14 months of World War II as a German prisoner.

The Texas native, born in Vernon in 1914, received his pilot's license at age twenty.

In July 1943, 2nd Lieutenant Morgan was stationed in England and was flying as a copilot on a B-17 bomber when his...
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