Fall in Texas is more likely to include “chili” meals than “chilly” weather, but my favorite color is still "October." Autumn is a great time to visit some of Texas’ great state parks to enjoy hiking, camping, and horseback riding while the weather is glorious. If you don’t enjoy camping in the rough, never fear. Several state parks have more “civilized” cabins for rent at extremely
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? A change of pace--hopefully not too far from home? And if it could be educational, too, that would be a plus, wouldn't it? If you haven't already discovered the Field Trips category in our blog archives, do yourself a favor and pop over for a peek! You'll find many of the destinations mentioned in the chronological volumes of the
Colonel James Fannin was a man with great potential . . . and an Achilles heel. Raised on a plantation near Marion, Georgia, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point when he was just 15 years old . . . but he withdrew after only two years. In 1834 he brought his wife and daughters to Velasco, Texas where he settled as a plantation owner . . . but he was actually
As Mexican army marched toward San Antonio to lay siege to the Alamo, many Texans tried to get out of his way. Pioneers began to flee as early as January 14, before Santa Anna's army even crossed the Texas border. After the Alamo fell, though, on March 6 Santa Anna’s army pressed on toward Goliad. Terror spread with the rumor of his ruthless victories. Texas settlers fled toward the
History is not just about long-ago events. History is being made every day. I was alive, but not old enough to remember when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. I was 10 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle and walked on the moon. The first word from the moon's surface? HOUSTON! ("Houston, the Eagle has landed.") My grandmother was
Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was born into a wealthy and accomplished family on December 24, 1905 and grew up to become a highly successful entrepreneur in his own right--one of the wealthiest men in the world during his lifetime...but wealth, fame, and success did not make him happy. Hughes was rather brilliant. Interested in science and technology as a boy, he built the first wireless
Mission San Juan Bautista, the "Mother of Texas Missions", was founded on the feast day of Saint John, June 24, 1699 as an outreach to the Coahuiltecan people of South Texas. The Franciscans first attempted to build their mission on the Río de Sabinas in Nuevo León, Mexico, but were only able to sustain the effort for a few months. On January 1, 1700 they tried again, this time in
William Lewis Moody was a businessman successful in banking and insurance, but more than that he was a philanthropist--a man who gave away his wealth for the benefit of others. Born in Fairfield, Texas in 1865, the young Moody was sent to boarding schools in Virginia and attended VMI before studying law at the University of Texas. In 1866, he joined his family in Galveston where
Here are some holiday displays you won’t want to miss! November 25-December 31 A feature city in the annual Trail of Lights that reaches through the Pineywoods into northern Louisiana, the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall, Texas is the granddaddy of them all! Crowned with over 10 million lights, the display begins when Santa Clause arrives at 5:30 the night before Thanksgiving.
When Justo Liendo began growing cotton on his 67,000 acre Spanish land grant, it was one of Texas earliest plantations. Leonard Groce, one of the largest and most respected land owners in Texas, later built his home there in 1853, and Liendo Plantation became a social center as well, receiving and lavishly entertaining early Texas dignitaries and notorieties such as General and Mrs.