Coronado, Quivira, and the Seven Cities of Cibola


On October 20, 1541, the Spanish explorer Francisco Coronado wrote in a letter to King Charles V of Spain, "I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I travelled over them for more than 300 leagues ... with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea ... [T]here was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a Read More

Fort Martin Scott

Fort Martin Scott

Any time is a good time to visit one of our historic Texas forts, and Fort Martin Scott near Fredericksburg is no exception. Established in December 1848, the post was first called Camp Houston but was renamed the next year in honor of Major Martin Scott. On a site likely used by Texas Rangers in the previous two decades, the soldiers of the First Infantry and Second Dragoons Read More

Dwight David Eisenhower

Texas Presidents

On October 14, 1890 Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. He grew up to be an important American military General and the first of four US Presidents who came from Texas.   Dwight D Eisenhower             Lyndon B Johnson              George H W Bush              George W Bush Read More

Historical Interpreters

Doug Baum

Historical interpreters are a wonderful resource! These guys and gals dress in period costume and "become" a person out of history. Students love to ask them questions and often relate to them as if they were time-travelers. Here are four of the historical interpreters I encountered at the Texas Heritage Living History Day last week.       Doug Baum Read More

Sights and Sounds Abound at Texas Heritage Living History Day


Though the Texas Heritage Living History Day is over for this year, it's a longstanding annual event that would be well worth your time next year! Here's a sampling of the sights and sounds. Even Comanche warriors eat lunch, I guess. The teepee was empty when I stopped by for a picture, but later on I saw a large gathering of kiddos talking with the costumed interpreter. He Read More

Texas Heritage Music

Texas Heritage Music

One of the neat things about researching, writing, and facilitating Discover Texas has been meeting others who are also enthusiastic about our state and its history--each with their own unique perspective. Wherever your niche of interest lies, you can almost certainly find a group that enjoys the same things you do. A group I found just recently calls themselves Texas Heritage Music, Read More

Silent Wings

Silent Wings Museum

The Lubbock City Museums insist that "Time travel DOES exist", and at Silent Wings Museum that certainly feels true. The museum, housed in the original Lubbock Airport (as opposed to the new, active one), tells the story of the World War II Glider Program--about which I was TOTALLY IGNORANT until last week, but I had a blast learning about it! Big Band music from the 40s ushers Read More

“Come and Take It”

Come and Take It_original flag

October 2, 1835. That's the day the Mexican military commander in Texas found out that colonists from America didn't think much of his demand that they surrender a small cannon the Mexican government had given them in 1831 to defend themselves against Indian attack. He'd trotted out 100 dragoons to retrieve said cannon on September 27th, hoping to avoid conflict. (What part of sending Read More

Lake Lubbock Landmark


Field trips don't always have to be planned. Sometimes they can be a welcome break when you need it most. I proved that to myself on a recent trip to the Panhandle to help my mom move. A week of packing and loading is hard enough on adults! Children, especially, cope better when you toss in a few excursions, and in Texas, there's almost always something nearby worth seeing. Last Read More