The 10 Most Significant Events in Texas History

Texas has a long and vibrant history which is detailed in our Texas history timeline. If we were forced to summarize Texas history into 10 events, we’d say these are the most significant events that make Texas what it is today. 1519 – Texas coastline first explored and mapped by Alonso Alvarez de Pineda. January, … Read more

My Texas Copperhead Snake Bite – A True Story

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, adjacent to one of the Army Corp of Engineer lakes with hundreds of heavily forested acres. So we have a good amount of wildlife crossing through our property including deer, coyotes, skunks, bobcats and lots of snakes. I generally see a half-dozen rat snakes on our property each … Read more

Bonnie and Clyde – The Texas Crime Spree

Although it’s been over 85 years since their deaths, Texas-born Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are still among the most infamous couples in American history.  The multi-state Borrow Gang crime spree included Texas stops in Dallas, Celina, Lufkin, Hillsboro, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, Prosper, Grapevine, Ponder, Grand Prairie, and many more Texas locations. Clyde Chestnut Barrow … Read more

Battleship Texas I and II

The USS Texas is now a shrine moored at the site of the San Jacinto battlefield about 20 miles east of Houston. Perhaps better known as the Battleship Texas, she remains as an icon of a noble past. Although thousands of sightseers visit the memorial each year, few realize that her heritage extends back more than 100 … Read more

Early Texas Baseball Cards

Several sets of some of the earliest baseball cards ever issued depict players from the Texas League or were issued and distributed by sponsors in the Lone Star state. Among these were two sets issued in 1910: the “Old Mill” and the “Mello-Mint” sets. Each of these sets is described in more detail below. 1910 … Read more

U.S. Postage Stamps about Texas and Texans

Over the past sixty years, the United States Postal Service has issued almost two dozen stamps commemorating Texas and Texans. They are presented here, courtesy of the lifetime collection of the late Mrs. Myrtine Hardeman of Bryan, Texas. The stamps are divided into three categories: Stamps Commemorating Texas Events Stamps Commemorating Texans Stamps Commemorating Texas … Read more

US Postage Stamps Commemorating Famous Texans

Stamps are presented in the order issued. Sam RayburnIssued September 16, 19624-cents Sam HoustonIssued January 10, 19635-cents Davy CrockettIssued August 17, 19675-cents Dwight D. EisenhowerIssued October 14, 19696-cents Lyndon B. JohnsonIssued August 27, 19738-cents Wiley Post (and “Winnie Mae”)Issued November 20, 197925-cents Babe ZahariasIssued September 22, 198118-cents Scott JoplinIssued June 9, 198320-cents

Early Texas Baseball

On San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1867, the mighty Houston Stonewalls overwhelmed the Galveston Robert E. Lees, 35-2. While certainly not the first baseball game played in the Texas, it was among the first to be recorded in some detail. Moreover, it underscored the quickly growing passion for “the national pastime” in Lone Star state. … Read more

Dead Man’s Hole – A Sad Tale of James Duff’s “Reign of Terror”

From time to time, we like to dive into our TexasProud.com email bag and answer a reader question…. “I’d like to learn more about the Civil War incident where Captain Duff and his Partisan Rangers captured four Kerr County residents, Sebird Henderson, Gus Tegener, Frank Scott, and Hiram Nelson, took them to Spring Branch near … Read more

U.S. Postage Stamps About Texas Events

Stamps are presented in the order issued. Republic of Texas CentennialIssued March 2, 19363-cents Coronado Expedition QuadricentennialIssued September 7, 19403-cents Texas Statehood CentennialIssued December 29, 19453-cents Fort Bliss CentennialIssued November 5, 19483-cents Hemisfair ’68 (San Antonio)Issued March 30, 19686-cents American Bicentennial (Texas)Issued February 23, 197613-cents Windmill Booklet (Texas-1890)Issued February 7, 198015-cents Republic of Texas SesquicentennialIssued … Read more