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TiTH: A Legendary Texas Outdoorsman

June 27

On this day in 1878, Roy Bedichek was born in Cass County, Illinois. In 1884 he moved with his family to Falls County, Texas. Bedichek received a B.S. (and later an M.A.) degree from the University of Texas, where he worked in the office of registrar John A. Lomax, who became a lifelong friend.

After working primarily as a journalist and teacher...
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TiTH A Legendary Texas Outdoorsman June 27 On this day in 1878
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Larry Westmoreland
Mark Escobedo
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Waco, Waco, That’s My Home Town

Waco is/has been know by many names—the Dub, the Co, Six Shooter Junction, The Wonder City, the Athens of Texas, and many others. For me, Waco is simply called home.

While I enjoy traveling all over the state, it’s nice to come home to a community of friends, family and neighbors. As I’ve traveled, I’ve become interested in the history of the places I visit...
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Waco Waco Thats My Home Town Waco ishas been know by many
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TiTH: A Prelude to War

June 26

On this day in 1832, the Mexican fort at Velasco surrendered to Texas colonists in the battle of Velasco, probably the first occasion of bloodshed in relations between Texas and Mexico.

Between 100 and 150 Texans, under the command of Henry Smith and John Austin, had gone to Brazoria to secure a cannon for use against Mexican forces at Anahuac; Domingo de...
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TiTH A Prelude to War June 26 On this day in 1832
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TiTH: 12,000 Square Miles Inundated by Brazos River

June 17

On this day in 1899, rain began falling on the Brazos River watershed, the beginning of the disastrous Brazos Flood. Over the next eleven days, a total of 8.9 inches fell on more than 66,000 square miles, causing the Brazos to overflow its banks and inundate 12,000 square miles.

The known number of deaths caused by the flooding...
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TiTH: 12000 Square Miles Inundated by Brazos River
Erin Ripple
Lita Graham
TiTH: The Failure of La RĂ©union

June 16

On this day in 1855, some 200 French colonists arrived at the colony of La Réunion, located on the south bank of the Trinity River in central Dallas County within the present city limits of Dallas. La Réunion was founded as a utopian experiment by Victor Prosper Considérant, one of the leading democratic socialist figures in France.

The 1855 arrivals...
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TiTH The Failure of La RĂ©union June 16 On this day in
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Tim Green
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TiTH: Texas Woman Becomes World's First Licensed Black Pilot

June 15

On this day in 1921, Bessie Coleman became the world's first licensed black pilot. The native of Atlanta, Texas, graduated from high school in Waxahachie and attended Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Oklahoma.

After moving to Chicago, she went to France and attended the aviation school at Le Crotoy. The...
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TiTH: Texas Woman Becomes World's First Licensed Black Pilot
TiTH: Hueco Tanks on Its Way to Becoming a State Park

June 12

On this day in 1969, El Paso County gave Hueco Tanks by special deed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The site, 30 miles east of El Paso, features three massive granite hills that rise to about 450 feet above the desert floor and are noted for their prehistoric Indian rock art.

Hueco, Spanish for "hollow," refers to...
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TiTH: Hueco Tanks on Its Way to Becoming a State Park
Jane Lisbeth Corr
Cheryl Wengler
Michael Rawls
TiTH: Texas Treasury Raided

June 11

On this day in 1865, an estimated 50 desperadoes broke into the state treasury in Austin, one of the boldest crimes in Texas history. The robbery occurred during the chaotic period immediately after the downfall of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865.

Gen. Nathan G. Shelley informed George R. Freeman, a Confederate veteran and leader of a small company...
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TiTH Texas Treasury Raided June 11 On this day in 1865 an
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TiTH: Mexican Governor Arrested Crossing into Texas

June 08

On this day in 1835, AgustĂ­n Viesca, the governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas, was arrested trying to cross into Texas. Viesca had taken office in April during a controversy between Saltillo and Monclova over the location of the state capital.

The state legislature disbanded and authorized the governor to move the...
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TiTH: Mexican Governor Arrested Crossing into Texas
Lee Ramos
Ryan Gage
TiTH: Booker T. Washington Delivers Inaugural Commencement

June 04

On this day in 1897, black leader Booker T. Washington delivered the first commencement address at Prairie View Normal Institute, the future Prairie View A&M University.

Washington, president of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, was the leading advocate of black advancement through self-help and solidarity programs in the late...
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TiTH: Booker T Washington Delivers Inaugural Commencement
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TiTH: The Way to El Paso

June 02

On this day in 1849, Maj. Robert S. Neighbors arrived in San Antonio after leading an expedition to survey an upper, or northern, route to El Paso. His expedition was one of several sent out to open a practical wagon road to the west.

The expedition formed at Torrey's Trading Post near Waco, left the trading post on March 23, 1849, crossed the Colorado River...
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TiTH The Way to El Paso June 02 On this day in
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TiTH: 45 Years of Folk

June 01

On this day in 1972, the first Kerrville Folk Festival opened in the Kerrville Municipal Auditorium. The three-day festival was the outgrowth of several Austin musical events held during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. That first festival drew 2,800 fans and featured 13 performers.

By 1973 the event had expanded to five concerts over three nights, and 5,600 people...
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TiTH 45 Years of Folk June 01 On this day in 1972
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Bobby Jennings
Jeff Duncan
TiTH: Ft Griffin Shuttered

May 31

On this day in 1881, Capt. J. B. Irvine closed Fort Griffin and marched its single remaining army unit, Company A, 22nd Infantry, southward toward Fort Clark.

Fort Griffin, a strategic unit in the string of border and frontier outposts defending Texas settlers against hostile Indians and outlaws, was established in 1867. It was located on the Clear Fork of...
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TiTH Ft Griffin Shuttered May 31 On this day in 1881 Capt
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TiTH: Rough Riders Ride Out

May 30

On this day in 1898, Gen. Nelson A. Miles ordered the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, better known as the "Rough Riders," to Tampa, Florida, to take part in the forthcoming invasion of Cuba as part of the Spanish-American War.

The regiment, nominally commanded by Col. Leonard Wood but in fact led by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, was one of...
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TiTH Rough Riders Ride Out May 30 On this day in 1898
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Lynda Evans
Stephen Norris
TiTH: Texas Tea on Tap Near Big Lake

May 28

On this day in 1923, Santa Rita No. 1 came in. It was located on University of Texas land in Reagan County. Early in the morning the well sprayed oil over the top of the derrick and covered a 250-yard area around the site.

Santa Rita attracted the attention of scouts from major oil companies and proved that the Permian Basin was indeed rich in...
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TiTH Texas Tea on Tap Near Big Lake May 28 On this
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TiTH: Chisholm Trail Hits the Press

May 27

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, and Waco, where the trails split. The Chisholm Trail continued on to Fort Worth, then passed east of...
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TiTH Chisholm Trail Hits the Press May 27 In its edition for
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TiTH: Looking for Alamo Joe

May 26

On this day in 1837, the executor of William Barret Travis's estate placed a notice offering fifty dollars for the return of an escaped slave named Joe in the Telegraph and Texas Register. Joe, born about 1813, was one of the few survivors of the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, in which his master was killed.

Accounts of Joe's departure from the...
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TiTH Looking for Alamo Joe May 26 On this day in 1837
TiTH: The Prolific Poet

May 25

On this day in 1966, Melvin B. Tolson received the annual poetry award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Tolson, born in Missouri in 1898, was only 14 when his first poem was printed.

He began teaching English and speech at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, in 1924 and remained there for 23 years.

Several of Tolson's poems were published in Modern...
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TiTH The Prolific Poet May 25 On this day in 1966 Melvin
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TiTH: The End of Bonnie & Clyde

May 23

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 Arcadia and later put on public display in Dallas before being buried in their respective family burial...
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TiTH The End of Bonnie Clyde May 23 On this day in
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Dale Suttles
Dan Smith
TiTH: Fifth Presidential Library Dedicated in Austin

May 22

On this day in 1971, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was dedicated on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It was the nation's fifth presidential library and the first to be located on a university campus.

It serves as a center for scholarly research and as a historical museum. Scholarly interest in the LBJ...
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TiTH: Fifth Presidential Library Dedicated in Austin
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James Carlsen
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