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.
Near the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site is Presidio La Bahia, the Fort on the Bay, which was established in 1749 to protect the Mission Espiritu Santo. (Used with permission of the Texian Press) La Bahia, now a National Historic Landmark, is the only surviving Spanish Colonial mission/presidio complex in Texas. It has been rebuilt to look as it did in 1836 when Col. James
The Fannin Battleground State Historic Site is a memorial to the soldiers who fought the Battle of Coleto Creek during Texas War for Independence in 1836. After standing valiantly against Mexican forces under General Urrea, Col. James Fannin's men were without water and running short on ammunition. Fannin surrendered with the request that his men be treated honorably as