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.
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
For ten years, from the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836 until its annexation as the 28th sovereign member of the United States in 1846, the Republic of Texas stood proudly (if somewhat precariously) as a separate and unique nation. The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature in 1969 to collect and preserve the culture of the Texas