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

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

Columbus Texas History

Columbus was first settled in 1823 by members of Stephen Austin’s colony. It is located some fifty miles from the mouth of the Colorado River. The town was established at the site of an Indian village called Montezuma.The town, which is the county seat of Colorado County, became a cotton shipping point. It later developed … Read more

Frank W. Johnson (1799-1884)

Frank Johnson performed a leading role in the Texas Revolution. In the years before his death in 1884, he also recorded many of these early events, which were later published in his book, A History of Texas and Texans.

The History of University of Texas

Old Main at the University of Texas in 1903

The University of Texas is a public university located in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1883, its campus is located just north of the Texas State Capitol. With over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff, it currently has the largest enrollment of any college in Texas. In 1881, Austin was chosen as … Read more

The History of University of North Texas

UNT Buildings in 1910

The first classes at what is now the University of North Texas were held in 1890, on the second floor of the B. J. Wilson hardware store. The store was located on the northwest corner of the Denton county courthouse square in Denton, Texas. Over the intervening century and a quarter, the school has grown … Read more

The History of University of Houston

The University of Houston in 1934

The University of Houston began as Houston Junior College. On March 7, 1927, trustees of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution that authorized the founding and operating of a junior college. The junior college was operated and controlled by HISD. Originally HJC was located in San Jacinto High … Read more

The History of Texas Women’s University

Old Main at TWU in 1903

An act of the 27th Legislature in 1901 founded the Girls Industrial College as a public institution. Classes first started in 1903. The school’s name was changed to the College of Industrial Arts (CIA) in 1905. It became the Texas State College for Women in 1934, then Texas Woman’s University in 1957. Pictured above, “Old … Read more

The History of Texas State University

Texas State University Old Main Built in 1903

Authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1899, Southwest Texas State Normal School opened its doors in 1903. Over the years, the Legislature broadened the institution’s scope and changed its name several times, then in 2003 to Texas State University-San Marcos. Built in 1903, Old Main was TSU’s first building, and continues as a central landmark … Read more