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Chepita Rodriguez

Josefa “Chepita” Rodriguez ran an inn on the old Cotton Road between Refugio and Aransas Pass around the time of the Civil War.   Sometimes her name is spelled Chapita or Chipita, but Chepita appears to be the most common spelling.  Her story began when the body of John Savage, a cotton dealer and horse trader, was found dead, wrapped in burlap in the Aransas River near San Patricio.

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in folklore, texas, texas women, unsolved mystery

 

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Unsolved mystery? Jesse James’ gravesite

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The  outlaw Jesse Woodson James (1847-1882) is generally thought to have been shot and killed by Robert Ford on April 3, 1882.  Ford, a James gang member, reportedly shot James, then 34 years old, in the back of the head at the Kearney, Missouri home of Ford’s sister as they prepared to head out for another robbery.  Ford’s motive was to obtain a reward. Ford and his brother pled guilty to murder but were pardoned by the Missouri governor Thomas Crittendon. Although James body was identified and buried in Kearney, Missouri,  alternative accounts persist that he somehow faked his death and moved to Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in folklore, history, outlaws, texas, unsolved mystery

 

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Unsolved Mystery? The Train Explosion at Paisano Pass

“Engineer Dies, Fireman Shot, In Mysterious Train Tragedy.”  This was the sensational headline on the front page of the Bisbee, Arizona Daily Review on Saturday July 9, 1921.

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in history, railroad, texas, unsolved mystery

 

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