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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year

This blog has been ongoing for exactly a year now.  Thank you all for taking the time to share our stories.  We’ll see you next year, Lord willing.

You have indicated that you like the variety of the weekly featured stories, also the unsolved mysteries, the real characters depicted in “Texas Rising” and most of all, the biographical sketches of those people who made the Lone Star State what it is today.

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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Special Event – Interurban Fans – 9/13/16

transcribed from Railspot’s Facebook announcement of 8/25/2016:

The official premiere of the new TEXAS ELECTRIC RAILWAY program is Tuesday evening, September 13th at the EVENT 1013 center located at 1013 E. 15th Street in historic Plano, Texas. The premiere starts at 7:30 pm and will feature 31 minutes of color and 20 minutes of rare B&W movies from the collection of Johnnie J. Myers.

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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in interurban

 

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Junius Peak (1845-1934)

Junius W. Peak was one of the more charismatic individuals in Texas history.  His family moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1855.  The family was large, with many brothers and sisters.  Jefferson and Martha Reser Peak bought 229 acres of farmland close to the small Dallas settlement.  Peak would recall that his father Jefferson paid $110 for the land.

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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in biography, texas rangers

 

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J. Riely Gordon, architect

James Riely Gordon was a practicing architect during what has been called the Golden Age of Texas Courthouses, the 1880s and 1890s.  By then, almost all of the 254 Texas counties now in existence had been established.  The Texas legislature allowed counties to issue bonds for courthouse construction and many counties did, leading to construction projects all over the state.

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Pictured: Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie (2015)

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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in biography, courthouses

 

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Irion County, Texas

Irion County is situated west of San Angelo (Tom Green County) in West Texas.  Its county seat is Mertzon.  It is sparsely populated but the origin of its name extends back to the early days of the Republic of Texas.  It was founded in 1889 and was named for Robert Anderson Irion, a medical doctor.  Dr. Irion was a friend and personal physician of Sam Houston.

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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in county names, republic of texas, sam houston

 

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Sherman, Texas

The town of Sherman is located in Grayson County.  It was named for General Sidney Sherman (1805-1873) who during the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 is the person credited for shouting the battle cry “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!”  In 1846, the Texas legislature had created Grayson County out of Fannin County and designated Sherman as the new county seat.  Sherman gained its first post office in 1847.  It was fairly well established by 1850 and later became a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route.

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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in biography, county names, texas rising, town names

 

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Hardeman County, Texas

Hardeman County, Texas is located on the Oklahoma border west of Wilbarger County and east of Childress and Cottle counties and bordered on the south by Foard County.  Its county seat is Quanah, named for the famous Comanche Chief Quanah Parker., the last Chief of the Comanche Nation.

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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in county names

 

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