On January 10, 1901 drillers struck oil just south of Beaumont, TX. The discovery at Spindletop Oilfield marked the birth of the modern petroleum industry and made Texas one of the richest states in the Union. Pattillo Higgins had been curious about the odd-shaped hill near Beaumont for quite a while. Research convinced him that it was a salt dome and that oil lay beneath the
Every once in a while, near the Old Bragg Road that runs through the heart of the Big Thicket in northeast Texas' Piney Woods region, a mysterious light appears.
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
Sometimes we forget that the people we remember as history's heroes were as human as we are. Looking back, we see their choices as wise and heroic, but from their own perspective they were often just scared and trying to stay alive. The early Texians fought Santa Anna because their livelihoods depended on freedom. After the Alamo fell and the Goliad captives were murdered, some headed
Pattillo "Bud" Higgins was born in Sabine Pass, Texas on December 5, 1863. He seemed to have a rough start almost from the very beginning. He quit school in fourth grade, and his father apprenticed him to a gunsmith--a dangerous trade, perhaps, for a boy with Bud's somewhat explosive temperament. Already he had a reputation as a troublemaker. He seemed especially fond of bullying
Dwight David Eisenhower, who would become a beloved World War II General (Five Stars) and the 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890. The third of seven boys, Dwight was the only one born in Texas. His father, an engineer and merchant in Hope, Kansas, moved his family to Texas after his business collapsed due to poor economic conditions. The
Audie Murphy was born June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas and grew up to be one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II, earning every military combat award for valor available form the U.S. Army as well as awards for heroism from France and Belgium. When he was just 19 Audie single-handedly held off a full company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in
"Tex" Ritter was born Woodward Maurice Ritter on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas. Texas born and Texas bred, he studied pre-law and majored in government, political science, and economics at the University of Texas in Austin, but that's not what he's known for. A country music enthusiast, Ritter entered show business when he got a chance to sing on Houston radio station KPRC in
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.