The “Treaties of Velasco” Celebration

Journey back to the incredible summer of 1836 and events were exciting along the shores of Port Freeport (formerly the Brazos River) at the Gulf of Mexico. A new nation had just signed the Treaty of Velasco at Surfside Beach (previously Velasco) with the self-proclaimed glorious Napolean of the West, ruler Antonio de Lopez Santa … Read more

Why is Texas called the Lone Star State?

Texas is called the Lone Star State to represent the long history of independence.  In 1836, Texas won independence from Mexico and stood as an independent republic.  In 1838, the Texas Senate commissioned a new flag that would symbolize the strong independence of Texas.  The Lone Star Flag was adopted and the Lone Star nickname … Read more

Lone Star Percussion Closed: The End of an Era

Lone Star Percussion closed its business permanently on On October 1, 2022, with no warning or notification to customers. Sadly, the percussion industry experienced the end of an era. Lone Star Percussion was launched in 1978 by Harvey Vogel who was unable to find quality percussion instruments for his high school daughter, Lauren. Lone Star … Read more

The Texas History Timeline – 50 Events that Shaped Texas

Texas has a long and fascinating history which is partly what makes it such an interesting state. We’ve compiled a timeline of the 50 most significant historical events that shaped the great state of Texas. Without these events, Texas might look much different than it does today. Early Exploration and Development Before 1500 – Prior … Read more

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. What is Texas Historically Famous For? The most famous event in Texas history is … 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