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TEXAS HISTORY

The People, Incidents, Places and Things
that made and make Texas Interesting

Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photos

Texas Centennial
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& Markers
"Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks." - Will Durant

Texas Escapes is a living history being written by those who want to celebrate their ancestors, state, towns and their love of place. Based on the quote above, we would prefer to title this category "Texas Civilization" - Editor

History of Texas

"A GLIMPSE OF TEXAS PAST"
by Jeffery Robenalt

A chronological look at the people and events that make up the unique history of Texas, beginning with the wanderings of early Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, on through the Texas Revolution, Texas Independence, and statehood, and eventually continuing through the American Civil War, the era of the cattle drives, and Reconstruction.
  • An Essential Reading List of Texas History Compiled by Dr. Kirk Bane 5-2-13
  • History Columns by Texas Historians and Columnists
  • "A Glimpse of Texas Past" by Jeffery Robenalt
  • "Texas Tales" (Weekly) by Mike Cox
    History column appearing in 7 Texas newspapers
  • "Bob Bowman's East Texas" by Bob Bowman
    Texas history column syndicated in over 70 Texas newspapers.
  • "All Things Historical" by Bob Bowman and Archie McDonald, PhD
    Texas history column syndicated in over 70 Texas newspapers.
    On people, places, things, disasters, outlaws, history, politics, war camps, folklore, music, industry ....
  • "Cannonball's Tales" by W T Block Jr.
    SE Texas and SW Louisiana history
  • "Letters from Central Texas" by Clay Coppedge
    Published in Temple Telegram
  • "Lonestar Diary" by Murray Montgomery
    History column appearing in 5 Texas newspapers
  • "Charley Eckhardt's Texas" by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas History & Folklore
  • "Somewhere in the West" by Linda Kirkpatrick
  • "Wandering" by Wanda Orton
  • "Maggie Van Ostrand's Texas" by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Texas legends
  • Massacre at Goliad
    A sampling of popular columns:
  • Massacre at Goliad: A Texas Tragedy by Jeffery Robenalt
  • Battle-of-the-Alamo
  • The Battle of the Alamo by Jeffery Robenalt
  • Texas History - People, the Wars, and War Camps
  • So, Just What is a Centennial Marker Anyway by Barclay Gibson 9-1-14
  • Texans -
    Anson Jones, Shanghai Pierce, Big Foot Wallace .....
  • World War I -
    Odds and ends of Texas in the Great War
  • World War II -
    Personal stories of Texans and their participation in World War Two
  • The Spanish American War Chronicles - "The splendid little War"
  • Texas Black History
  • The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 & Related Articles
  • The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 by Murray Montgomery ("Lone Star Diary")
  • Battle of San Jacinto by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical")
  • San Jacinto Day by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" )
  • Baker Talk by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • The Top Ten Facts About The Construction of The San Jacinto Monument
  • San Jacinto Monument by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • Alfonso (Alphonso) Steele - Last Texas survivor of the battle of San Jacinto, and a State Park dedicated to him
  • The Last Hero by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical" )
    The last surviving veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, lies in an almost forgotten cemetery in deep East Texas
  • The Treaty of Velasco by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" )
    General Sam Houston, and later Interim President David G. Burnett, chose negotiation instead of revenge for the massacres at the Alamo and Goliad.
  • Twin Sisters by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • Survivor's Account of the Goliad Massacre by Murray Montgomery ("Lone Star Diary")
  • Texas Towns History
  • Texas Towns - Every town has stories - some of them are true
  • Small Town Sagas - Stories that transcend generations
  • Old News - Excerpts from vintage newspapers
  • Ghost Counties
  • Ghost Counties of Texas Vintage maps courtesy TGLO
    Buchel and Foley Counties, Greer County, Wegefarth County, Encinal County, Perdido County, Worth County, and the First Dawson County
  • History of Texas Buildings
  • Texas Courthouses - Vacant, Restored, or infested with lawyers
  • Texas Architecture - Stories and images of jails, churches, bridges, theatres, libraries, depots, ice houses, lodges, feed stores and more.
  • Rooms with a Past - History and images of Texas hotels built before 1950
  • Texas Monuments, Statues, Shrines and Historic Trees
  • Texas Centennial
  • Texas Monuments, Statues & Shrines - Including the stories of the honorees and the artists
  • Texas Historic Trees - Not all were gallows stand-ins ...
  • Texas Historic Travel
  • Texas Towns
  • Texas Ghost Towns
  • Texas Historic Trips - Trips to historic places
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    Texas History Links - Links to sites on Texas History
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