While we're on the topic of unexplained light phenomena, the Marfa Lights have been kept Texans guessing for even longer than the Saratoga Lights. Native Americans saw the lights and thought they were fallen stars. They do look a bit like stars, twinkling in the twilight, but unlike stars the glowing orbs that appear in the desert sky just outside the West Texas town of Marfa not
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.
The Texas General Land Office played a key role in a recent blog post about the "Third Battle at the Alamo." What does the General Land Office do, anyway? Quite a lot! The General Land Office is the oldest state agency in Texas, created in 1836 to figure out who owned what where after Texas won independence from Mexico to become an independent republic. Land grants and
What Texans know as "the Alamo" was built as a mission church–San Antonio de Valero–in 1744. I say “built”, but actually the chapel was never finished. The Alamo had no roof until much later. The Catholic church eventually gave up using San Antonio de Valero. Around 1803 the compound was secularized, which means that the church gave it to others for non-religious uses. The old church
I think that I shall never see A thing so scraggly as the bois d’arc tree. -paraphrase by me 🙂 If you drive through the Texas countryside in Autumn, you're likely to see a bois d'ard tree. They're big and scraggly, and they produce bumpy chartreuse fruit about the size of a grapefruit which they drop all over the ground in the fall. It's almost impossible to cut into the
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
The 27th annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival is this weekend–October 27-29–at the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Wagon Train left Jacksboro, Texas on Sunday, October 22. You may see the wagons this week as they make their way to Perrin, Mineral Wells, Weatherford, and Azle before arriving at the Stockyards on Thursday, October 26th. Even if you can't go to the
I'm a little late honoring the birthday of one of my favorite Texas heroes, Doris Miller, but I've just got to tell his story again because the example he set is so important... Doris Miller was born October 12, 1919 in Waco, Texas. The third of Connery and Henrietta Miller’s four sons, Doris was helpful–a hard worker, but school presented struggles. At 17, faced with repeating the
If you've ever discovered Texas history using our Discover Texas History program, you probably noticed a LOT of links to the TSHA website. That's TSHA as in Texas State Historical Association, a VERY important asset when it comes to preserving the history of our great state. For 120 years this organization has done a ton of work archiving research, providing resources, and developing new
Francisco Coronado explored New Mexico, the Texas plains, and Kansas searching for the fabled cities of gold. The only “gold” he found was the sunlight glinting off the mica windows of the New Mexico pueblos and the cornfields and grass huts of the Wichita Indians. His detailed journal was perhaps his most lasting contribution.