Famous Texas Cowboys

These Texas cowboys represent the many men whose legendary spirit helped shape the American frontier. Though their heyday only spanned a short time in history, cowboys have been celebrated in art, film, song, poetry and western novels. The enduring romance with the west lives on because of the accomplishments of the famous cowboys and the countless deeds of those whose story may never be known. Francisco Garcia The Spanish –...

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Texas History for Kids

Here are some great resources to help teach your kids about Texas including lesson plans, field trip ideas and more! Interesting Sites Texas Beyond History –  a public education service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Beyond History covers not only the prehistoric peoples – Indians or Native Americans – but also much of the early history of the Spanish,...

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Bob Wills Statue Vandalized

On May 20, 2006 vandals knocked down the famous Bob Wills that stood in front of the Lone Star Music Store in Gruene, Texas. The arm was broken off and now Bob is wearing a sling. Carved by local artist and musician Doug Moreland, the 8 ft. statue was loved by the people of Gruene and visitors who came to get their picture taken with it. Bob Wills was known as the King of Western Swing. He and the band, the Texas Playboys, made a name...

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Juneteenth in Texas

In Galveston Texas on June 19th, 1865, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union General read the news of freedom to the waiting crowd. This historic day freed nearly 250,000 slaves in Texas. Today the date is celebrated throughout Texas and is a day to reflect and have pride in the accomplishments of African Americans. To learn more about Juneteenth celebrations, please visit Juneteenth World Wide...

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the Mexican Army’s defeat of the French at Puebla, Mexico on the 5th of May, 1862. The story begins after Texas won their independence from Mexico in 1836. The Mexican government was deeply in debt. They were unable to pay their national loans to England, Spain and France. The Mexican president, Benito Juarez, was able to negotiate repayment with the English and Spanish governments. However, the...

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One Ranger : A Memoir by Joaquin Jackson

The great book begins with the Texas legend of a single Ranger sent to restore the peace in a rowdy boomtown. The story goes, it only takes one Ranger to stop one riot. “That’s one story. There are countless others that belong to the hundreds of men who are part of a proud tradition close to two centuries old. I am only one Ranger out of those who came before me and those who will ride on ahead. Only one story belongs to me.” Joaquin...

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