The Confederate Memorial of the Wind in Orange will remind 55,000 motorists a day of the rebel heritage many Texans would just as soon forget.
The story of Texas can be reduced to one sentence: somebody has something somebody else wants and will put up a fight to get. In the beginning, these fights were over land. The Spanish explorers came here in the 1500’s; ignoring native peoples, they claimed a vast region that
“Pistol carrying is now so prevalent here as to be a first-class nuisance. The young men, white and black, hardly consider themselves in party attire unless they have on a pistol.”—Brenham Weekly Banner, May 27, 1886
“Tramps are overrunning the towns of Eastern Texas, and will soon overwhelm Austin.” —Weekly Democratic Statesman, December 16, 1875
1983 New York Times Profile Of Austin Showcases The Fact That Austinites Have Always Complained About The City Changing
'Booming Austin Fears It Will Lose Its Charms' is a story that could be—and has been—written any number of times over the past 30+ years, the evidence shows.
“An irate gentleman went for the city editor of the Dallas Herald a few days ago, but was met with a six-chambered apology-maker. It might as well be understood now that all local editors in Texas have their pants made with pistol pockets in them.”—San Marcos Free Press, June 19, 1884
“There are so many mad dogs in Denton county that people won’t send their children to school, and people riding about o’nights ride like Arabs on dromedaries, crossing their nice little legs in front of them.” —Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin), June 3, 1875
In this installment, the missus of a sheep farmer visits Waco—as a mister.
In this installment, the King Ranch receives a mighty substantial shipment of barbed wire.
In this installment, Dallas feasts for six months on something called the "boss turtle."
November 22, 1963 Mrs. John F. KennedyWHITE HOUSEWashington, D.C. My dear Mrs. Kennedy: I have never before written to a Congressman, President or any type of Statesman. In fact, in my thirty some years of living I have never DONE MUCH OF ANYTHING, except vote, toward being an American or
Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I am a Catholic also, I go to Saint Georges School. I can remember Nov. 21, the day before you came. We go to mass every day, then we go to lunch. This day was different, after mass our pastor told us to sit down. I wondered
January 18, 1964 4201 LullwoodAustin Texas Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I know that you hate the whole state of Texas. I do to. I wish I lived in Washington, D.C. where maybe I could maybe see you standing on your porch. I am determined to move there as soon as I
December 1, 1963in 1962 September 23, Some mean man killed my dady too- Here in Dallas-my dady was a soldrer Sanda Clause diden get my letter i hope he will get my letter i wont a bicycle— When you write him- tell him my name. Monroe Young Jr. III 1838
Nov. 22 1963 Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I was at school when I heard about the President. I cried for two or three minuts. My mother also cried, and so did my teacher Mrs. Mansir. I was very sad for President Kennedy. He was my friend even though he didn’t know
1:10 pm Nov. 22, 1963 From a student of North Texas State University The radio sat in the window of the second floor dorm window blaring out the sad news that our President had been shot! People walking around in twos and threes stopped their happy chattering and stood silently
906 ParkviewDallas, Texas Dec. 1 – 1963 Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady in our hearts. I live in Dallas, a city bowed in sorrow, and shame. I am 76 years old and live on a social security check I must pour out my heart to you if my feeble hands
P.O. Box 9652El Paso, Texas 79986 Dec. 8, 1963 Mrs. J.F. KennedyWashington, D.C. Dear Mrs. Kennedy: I am but a humble postman and I realize the many letters you have received, which is but deserving to you, throughout this wide world. We at our house have continued to mourn the
MRS JOHN F KENNEDY WASHDC MAY I ADD MY SYMPATHY TO THAT OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. MY PERSONAL LOSS IN THIS GREAT TRAGEDY PREPARES ME TO SYMPATHIZE MORE DEEPLY WITH YOU. MRS. J D TIPPIT DALLAS TEX (34). Read another letter to the first lady here.
Mrs. John F. KennedyWhite HouseWashington, D.C. Dear Mrs. Kennedy, You and President Kenney were in my office a week ago yesterday. I am secretary to General Bedwell at Brooks Air Force Base, and I will forever be haunted by how handsome and healthy and happy you two looked – and
Dear Mrs. Kennedy: I know the grief you bear. I bear that same grief. I am a Dallasite. I saw you yesterday. I hope to see you again. I saw Mr. Kennedy yesterday. I’ll never see him again. I’m very disturbed because I saw him a mere 2
Dec. 6, 1963Houston, Texas Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I am ten years old. When I saw them moving President Kennedy’s rocking chairs out of the White House, a great sadness entered my heart. You made such a beautiful collection of treasures from other Presidents of the United States. Do you think
5509 Dalwood DriveAustin, Texas 78723November 25, 1963 Dear Mrs. Kennedy, There are no words in any language to express truly our grief and the sympathy we wish to extend to you and your family on the death of your husband, the President – our President. We Texans pride ourselves in
In November 1973, Texas Monthly, which was still in its first year of existence, marked the tenth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a profile of Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Marguerite; the cover, however, went to Tom Landry. Two years later, in November 1975, the
Sifting through old Texas newspapers, I found the first mention of commercial smoked meat from the Brenham Weekly Banner, which announced that a Bastrop butcher "keeps on hand at his stall a ready stock of barbecued meats and cooked sausages."