Texas Travel •
September 2007 Issue
For people who like this sort of thing
This is the sort of thing they like.
Aureliano Urrutia's Gates
Text and Photos by Walt Lockley 9-29-07
As a tourist, you're going to get the (correct) sense of missing
something important... This is a city of badly-kept secrets and
in some ways it's a puzzling, fractured place. You'll pick up vibes
all over the place, especially if you're sensitive to architectural
remnants and half-erased shapes.... as a casual tourist, sadly,
you're going to miss the best part. Unless you have somebody to
Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson
McCulloch Co 9-5-07
Second Battle of the Alamo
by C. F. Eckhardt 9-4-07
It might come as a surprise to many Texans that there were two ‘battles
of the Alamo.’ There was the one in February and March of 1836,
and then there was one that lasted for nine years—from 1903 to 1912...
Porter of San Antonio
by Maggie Van Ostrand 9-25-07
If even half the legends passed down through generations are true,
the Old West was a riotous and exciting place. Whether heroes or
desperadoes, these legendary people all seem to have either been
born in, traveled through, or fought for the great Republic of Texas.
Many books have been written, movies made, and cities named after
But they didn't fight, shoot, and rustle all the time. They needed
rest. They needed relaxation. They needed love. And Fannie Porter
of San Antonio supplied these diversions. This is her story.
F. (Frank) Payne, Texas Ranger
by Linda-Kirkpatrick 9-5-07
...The year was 1866, when B. F. (Frank) Payne, a strapping young
lad of twelve years old, mounted his pony to go on a cow hunt with
his dad and some of the other neighboring ranchers... Texas was
sparsely populated at this time. Ranches, towns and homesteads were
few and far between and the threat of conflict between the Indians
and the Anglos was always on everyone’s mind...
Skull, the Scariest Siren in Texas
by Maggie Van Ostrand 9-1-07
Second only to becoming famous as one of Jack the Ripper's victims
would be gaining celebrity as one of Sally Skull's husbands... Some
say Sally didn't always wait to get a divorce, and perhaps took
the easy way out. She killed them...
by Mike Cox
Man Named Pink
by Clay Coppedge 9-19-07
"[Pink] Higgins first became known as a gunfighter during the
notorious Horrell-Higgins Feud in Lampasas County in the 1870s...."
Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson
Funny how someone can get saddled with something another person
ought to get the credit – or blame – for. Take Jefferson Davis,
a West Point graduate from Mississippi who became President of the
Confederate States of America. Just about everyone knows he led
the South’s unsuccessful attempt at separating itself from the rest
of the Union. A lot of people also know that when Davis served as
U.S. Secretary of War in the mid-1850s, he experimented with using
camels as a means of carrying supplies for the Army...
Shoe Horses, Don't They?"
a story by Shere Chamness 9-2-07
About the same time Elvis Presley was drafted and sent to Fort Hood,
I was sixty miles away, imprisoned in my fourth body cast, a chunk
of plaster that held me immobile from armpits to toes. I was eight
years old, spending the summer of 1958 with my grandparents. They
ran the Blazilmar hotel and coffee shop in Taylor, Texas...
to Fly by
C. F. Eckhardt 9-19-07
It flew in Gillespie County, Texas—in 1866. Enter Jacob Brodbeck—genius.
by Mike Cox 9-19-07
Readers of the March 2, 1895 edition of the weekly Eagle Pass Guide
surely paused over this short back-page headline: “New Flying Machine.”...
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