Dan Blocker was born on December 10, 1928 in DeKalb in northeastern Texas, but the family soon moved to O'Donnell, Texas in the northwestern Panhandle where they opened a store. As a boy Dan attended Texas Military Institute in southeastern San Antonio, then college at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and Sul Ross State Teacher's College in southwestern Alpine where he played
Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936--the fourth child of Lawrence and Ella Holley...but those aren't names we remember. It wasn't long, though, before his family started calling little Charles Hardin "Buddy", and the name sorta stuck. THAT's the name we remember: Buddy Holly. (When he got his first shot as a recording artist, the record company
Two very famous ranchers from the Texas Panhandle celebrated their birthdays within two days of each other.
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.
If you're not one who usually clicks through to the links, you're gonna want to click this one! ;) Texas Legacies is a 50-year summer tradition in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Set against nature's backdrop in the "Grand Canyon of Texas" this rip-roaring song-and-dance review of Texas history will make you proud to be a Texan! If you're wondering whether it's worth it, I can
If anybody knows the ins and outs of oil in modern Texas, it oughta be the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, right? One of my favorite things about this museum (other than the fact that they make oil and engineering very interesting and understandable) is their series of Family Science Nights sponsored by Chevron where families are invited to participate
Some folks refer to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas as "the Smithsonian...with a Texas accent". (When you visit their website, click on the vignettes on the opening splash photo for a special video introduction.) Top-notch exhibits and an award-winning educational program will get your students excited about prehistoric geology, Texas tribes, the
If there's one thing we've got a lot of in Texas, it's WIND, and the pioneers quickly learned to harness it. Not like Pecos Bill harnessed the tornado--the American Wind Power Center and Museum in Lubbock, Texas is a much tamer ride, but quite an adventure in its own way. You can stroll through on your own or call ahead for an guided educational tour. Whichever you choose, be sure
Sometimes you come across a quirky, out-of-the-way place that turns out to be well worth the stop. The Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Texas (open March through October) is that kind of place. A whole museum dedicated to the invention and history of barbed wire--and believe me, you would never believe how many types and uses of barbed wire there are! If you're a
Do you love cowboys and homes on the range? You'll find both at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, Texas. You can take a virtual tour here, but don't stop there! The National Ranching Heritage Center hosts the Summer Stampede in June, summer youth camps, a wonderful open house at Christmas, and a host of fine exhibits throughout the year.