Presidents of the Republic of Texas

Note: If a cabinet position was held by more than one person duringany administration, only the first to hold that position is identified. David Burnet (Ad Interim Government)(March 1836-October 1836)Vice-President: Lorenzo de ZavalaSecretary of State: Samuel Price CarsonSecretary of War: Thomas J. RuskSecretary of Treasury: Bailey HardemanAttorney General: David Thomas Sam Houston (1st Administration)(October 1836-December 1838)Vice-President: Mirabeau B. … Read more

Five San Antonio Spanish Missions You Must See!

A chain of five missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. Built primarily to expand Spanish New World influence northward from Mexico, the missions also served to introduce native inhabitants into Spanish society. Four of the missions (San Jose, San Juan, … Read more

San Antonio’s Military Plaza

Military Plaza in San Antonio dates back to the eighteenth century as a military and commercial center in San Antonio. Long before the Texas Revolution, Spanish troops marched in the plaza. After statehood, the site became a popular gathering place for medicine shows, entertainment, flea markets, and other town events. In 1876 — about the … Read more

Flags of the Texas Revolution

Come and Take it Mural

The flags used during the Texas Revolution represented the diverse beliefs of the settlers of the period. In a few designs, the flag signified the desire for reconciliation with Mexico and a return to government based on the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Most of the flags, however, represented the Texan’s desire for total independence from … Read more

Heroes of Texan Fiction

Lone Ranger and Tonto

As if actual events in early Texas history didn’t provide ample material for thrilling tales, there have been a number of fictional characters from Texas portrayed in dime novels, comic strips, radio, television, and just about every other media imaginable. Among the best known of these fictional (or semi-fictional) characters are The Lone Ranger and … Read more

Lone Star Fair of 1852 – The First Texas State Fair

Historical Marker for Lone Star Fair of 1852

Corpus Christi in 1852 was a frontier town with its businesses mainly located on the beach, and residences scattered along a high bluff behind. Land in the vicinity was extremely fertile. Regions of timber grew nearby, surrounded by vast stretches of grassy prairie that abounded with wildlife. Despite this seeming paradise, Colonel Henry L. Kinney, … Read more

The Crash at Crush – A Crazy Publicity Stunt Turned Deadly

The Crash Handshake

By 5 p.m. the afternoon of September 15, 1896, nearly 50,000 people had gathered anxiously on a wide stretch of Texas prairie near Waco. Moments later, they watched two 35-ton locomotives, each pulling seven boxcars, collide head-on at a combined speed of 120 miles per hour. The publicity spectacular was staged at Crush, Texas, a … Read more

The Texas Constitution – The Complete History and Document

Front Cover of the Texas Constitution

The Texas Constitution establishes the fundamental laws under which all of its citizens are governed. The Constitution that we use today was first adopted in 1876. However, Texas has operated continuously under a constitutional government since 1824, a dozen years before the Fall of the Alamo! Under the Mexican Constitution of 1824, the regions of … Read more

What were the 8 Capitals of Texas before Austin?

Huston Capital of Texas Building

There have been 8 different Capitol buildings used by the Republic of Texas, then by the State, starting from the beginning of the Texas Republic through today’s capitol. Washington-on-the-Brazos (1836) The ad interim government of the Republic of Texas was formed at the Convention of 1836, which met in primitive quarters at Washington- on-the-Brazos from March 1 … Read more

Texas History: The U.S. Army Camel Experiment

Camels Carrying Soldiers

Following the California gold rush of 1849, there became an increasing need to protect and supply the growing population of Americans in the southwest. After attempts to build a transcontinental railroad succumbed to sectional politics, U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis decided to experiment with camels as a means for transporting military provisions across west … Read more