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Discovery of Rock Wall Led to Town’s Name

The town of Rockwall was established April 17, 1854, and named after a natural formation of an underground “wall” located nearby.
February 22, 2019

Telegraph History in Texas Originated in Marshall

The statue in downtown Marshall of two men receiving a telegraphed message recognizes this early Texas advancement.
December 30, 2018

Artist Completes Mural for Terrell Wall

The 10th mural to adorn downtown Terrell, Texas, honors native son Frank Reaugh (1860-1945), who earned the distinction of being the dean of Texas artists
December 25, 2018

World War I Hits Centennial

More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during World War I, a war that lasted four years between 1914 and 1918. November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the “Great War.”
October 24, 2018

Quanah Parker Lived Between Two Worlds

The Texas Lakes Trail Program presents“Quanah Parker: One Man, Two Worlds” in a traveling pictorial exhibit in various locations around the state this year. It depicts the story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker, two important names in U.S. frontier history.
June 27, 2018

Anna Pennybacker Worked for Women’s Rights and World Peace

On May 7, 1861, Anna Pennybacker, clubwoman, woman suffrage advocate, author, and lecturer, was born in Petersburg, Virginia. Among her many contributions, she founded one of the first women’s clubs in Texas — the Tyler Women’s club in 1894.
April 22, 2018

The Texan Who Conquered Russia

It was 60 years ago when Kilgore’s 23-year-old Van Cliburn took the world by storm when he won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the Cold War April 13, 1958. He played Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in the competition that some say the Soviet’s designed to demonstrate their cultural superiority.
February 22, 2018

Da Cajun Airlines

Well, it’s been a hundred years since the Wright Brothers took off from Kitty Hawk. The airplane and airline companies have gone through quite a transition since then. Progress was made in all directions. However, some improvement is still needed, especially in that part of the country where I come from.
September 28, 2017

Famous Comedy Team Started in East Texas

On September 25, 1916, a performance took place by The Four Nightingales — made up of siblings that became known as The Marx Brothers — at an opera house in Nacogdoches (still standing) in which an unplanned interruption resulted in the group switching from a musical to a comedic act.
August 27, 2017

Cowboy Poet Is Gone But Not Forgotten

June 28, 2017

Remembering the Tallest Man in the American Civil War

May 14, 1883, is the birthdate of Henry Clay Thruston who is known as the tallest man (7-foot, 7-inches) to serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
April 24, 2017

Pioneers of Prominence in East Texas

Women of East Texas carved out their own places in the history books, and Women’s History Month in March begs for an informal listing to prove it.
February 20, 2017