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TEXAS HISTORY

The People, Incidents, Places and Things
that made and make Texas Interesting

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"Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks." - Will Durant

Texas Escapes is a living history being written by those who want to celebrate their ancestors, state, towns and their love of place. Based on the quote above, we would prefer to title this category "Texas Civilization" - Editor

History of Texas

"A GLIMPSE OF TEXAS PAST"
History column by Jeffery Robenalt
A chronological look at the people and events that make up the unique history of Texas, beginning with the wanderings of early Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, on through the Texas Revolution, Texas Independence, and statehood, and eventually continuing through the American Civil War, the era of the cattle drives, and Reconstruction.
Reading List:
  • An Essential Reading List of Texas History Compiled by Dr. Kirk Bane
  • Eavesdropping on Texas History Edited by Mary L. Scheer. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane 3-1-17
  • History Columns by Texas Historians and Columnists

  • "A Glimpse of Texas Past" by Jeffery Robenalt
  • "Texas Tales" (Weekly) by Mike Cox
    History column appearing in 7 Texas newspapers
  • "Bob Bowman's East Texas" by Bob Bowman
    Texas history column syndicated in over 70 Texas newspapers.
  • "All Things Historical" by Bob Bowman and Archie McDonald, PhD
    Texas history column syndicated in over 70 Texas newspapers.
    On people, places, things, disasters, outlaws, history, politics, war camps, folklore, music, industry ....
  • "Cannonball's Tales" by W T Block Jr.
    SE Texas and SW Louisiana history
  • "Letters from Central Texas" by Clay Coppedge
    Published in Temple Telegram
  • "Lonestar Diary" by Murray Montgomery
    History column appearing in 5 Texas newspapers
  • "Hindsights" by Michael Barr
    History column appearing in 2 Texas Hill Country newspapers
  • "It's All Trew" by Delbert Trew
    Columns in the Amarillo Globe News
  • "Charley Eckhardt's Texas" by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas History & Folklore
  • "Somewhere in the West" by Linda Kirkpatrick
  • "Wandering" by Wanda Orton
  • "Maggie Van Ostrand's Texas" by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Texas legends
  • Texas History - People, the Battles, the Wars,
    the War Camps, Tombstones & Monuments

  • Texans -
    Sam Houston, Anson Jones, Shanghai Pierce, Big Foot Wallace .....

  • World War I -
    Odds and ends of Texas in the Great War

  • World War II -
    Personal stories of Texans and their participation in World War Two

  • Texas Black History

  • The Spanish American War Chronicles - "The splendid little War"

  • The Battle of the Alamo - March 6, 1836
    & Related Articles
    Battle-of-the-Alamo
  • The Battle of the Alamo by Jeffery Robenalt
    After the defeat of General Cos at the siege of San Antonio, Texans thought their independence was won..
  • The Mass Grave of the Alamo Defenders -
    A Virtually Unknown Feature of the Most Written-about Event in Texas History
  • Eyewitness to the Battle of the Alamo - An Unidentified Mexican Soldier's Personal Account of the Historic Struggle by Murray Montgomery
  • Recalling the lesser-known heroes of the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
    Alamo messengers John William Smith and James L. Allen

  • Susannah Dickinson by Linda-Kirkpatrick
    "...Susannah picked up Angelina and followed the officer into the courtyard. It was then that she viewed a site that history books can never describe. The air was still and there was a deafening hush all around. The bodies of the brave dead Texans lay stacked in piles, later to become funeral pyres spreading smoke and history to the sky above..."

  • The Women of 1836, Part III, Mary Millsap by Linda-Kirkpatrick
    "... Mary Millsap, wife of Isaac Millsap, Gonzales Ranger. Isaac was the oldest defender at the Alamo and Mary was now one of the oldest widows..."

  • Letters from the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
    "...I've also had a desire to get my information from the original sources - that is, those folks who actually lived, loved, fought, and died during those turbulent times of early Texas..."

  • Line in the Sand by Mike Cox
    "By March 5, 1836, Col. William Barrett Travis had known for several days that his situation inside the old Spanish mission called the Alamo had become hopeless..."

  • Did Davy survive? by Bob Bowman
  • ALAMO LETTER: From Travis' hand to the State Archives
    or Is there a Graphologist in the house?
    by John Troesser
  • New Alamo Letter
    Our Initial Correspondence from Mr. David London:
    "I am sending a copy of a letter written by William B. Travis at the Alamo that has been in my family for over 160 years... We have never offered it for sale... It had never been published..." more
  • The Spirit of Sacrifice, aka The Alamo Cenotaph by John Troesser
  • Joe by Mike Cox
    The man who witnessed Travis' death at the Alamo
  • Alamo Monument by Mike Cox
    In 1912, a San Antonio group began raising money to build a monument to the defenders of the Alamo.

  • Alamo Hero by W. T. Block Jr.
    Isaac Ryan

  • Killer's Trail of Thread by W. T. Block
    Some Alamo Heroes Fought Twice for Texas

  • George C. Kimble and Almaron Dickinson, Heroic hat makers at the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
  • Savior of The Alamo... Remembering Adina De Zava by Murray Montgomery
    "If it hadn't been for her efforts, the Alamo might well have been replaced by a parking lot."
  • Alamo Letters by Mike Cox
    The impassioned letters Col. William B. Travis sent by courier from the Alamo are dramatic pieces of writing, but they are not the only surviving words of someone who died in the old Spanish mission on March 6, 1836.

  • Alamo Ghosts by James L. Choron
    Dawn at the Alamo
    A ghost encounter, and chilling tales of ghostly experiences at the Alamo.
  • The Alamo's Red River Connection by Bob Bowman
  • Alamo Marksman by Bob Bowman
  • Juan's Cabin by Bob Bowman
    One of only a handful of Tejanos - Mexicans born in Texas - who died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

  • Alamo Cowards by Mike Cox
  • Alamo Survivor Enrique Esparza - Historical Marker. Enrique Esparza is buried in the El Carmen Cemetery in Losoya
  • Moonlight Reflections at the Alamo by Mike Cox
  • Remember the Alamo, Battle of the Alamo Reenacted by Terry Jeanson


    Cartoons by Roger T. Moore

  • March 6, 1836: The Alamo
  • February 8, 1836
  • Alamo Volunteers

  • Goliad Massacre - March 27, 1836
    & Related Articles
    Massacre at Goliad
  • Massacre at Goliad: A Texas Tragedy by Jeffery Robenalt
  • A Survivor's Account of the Goliad Massacre by Murray Montgomery (From "Lone Star Diary")
  • The Life and Times of a Goliad Survivor by Murray Montgomery
    The story of Hermann Ehrenberg
  • A Soldier's Story by Bob Bowman (From "All Things Historical")
    Milton Irish, one of only 28 survivors of the massacre.
  • Thomas Deye Owings of Maryland, Kentucky and Texas by W. T. Block Jr.
    "He was a colonel and hero of the War of 1812 [and] was Kentucky's original industrialist and iron master, also holding several political offices. He was also commissioned by Stephen F. Austin in Jan. 1836 to raise 2 regiments of Kentuckians to fight for Texas Independence from Mexico, sacrificing as a result the life of one of his sons during the Goliad Massacre..."
  • The Angel of Goliad by Murray Montgomery (From "Lone Star Diary")
  • Goliad, Texas

  • The Battle of San Jacinto - April 21, 1836
    & Related Articles
  • Battle of San Jacinto by Jeffery Robenalt
  • The Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 by Murray Montgomery ("Lone Star Diary")
  • Battle of San Jacinto by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical")
  • San Jacinto Day by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" )
  • Baker Talk by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • The Top Ten Facts About The Construction of The San Jacinto Monument
  • San Jacinto Monument by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • Alfonso (Alphonso) Steele - Last Texas survivor of the battle of San Jacinto, and a State Park dedicated to him
  • The Last Hero by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical" )
    The last surviving veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, lies in an almost forgotten cemetery in deep East Texas
  • The Treaty of Velasco by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical" )
    General Sam Houston, and later Interim President David G. Burnett, chose negotiation instead of revenge for the massacres at the Alamo and Goliad.
  • Twin Sisters by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
  • Survivor's Account of the Goliad Massacre by Murray Montgomery ("Lone Star Diary")

  • Texas Centennial - 1936

  • So, Just What is a Centennial Marker Anyway by Barclay Gibson 9-1-14

  • Texas Towns History
  • Texas Towns - Every town has stories - some of them are true
  • Small Town Sagas- Stories that transcend generations
  • Old News - Excerpts from vintage newspapers
  • Ghost Counties
  • Texas Counties - County history, town lists, vintage maps....
  • Ghost Counties of Texas Vintage maps courtesy TGLO
    Buchel and Foley Counties, Greer County, Wegefarth County, Encinal County, Perdido County, Worth County, and the First Dawson County

  • History of Texas Buildings

  • Texas Courthouses- Vacant, Restored, or infested with lawyers
  • Texas Architecture - Stories and images of jails, churches, bridges, theatres, libraries, depots, ice houses, lodges, feed stores and more.
  • Rooms with a Past- History and images of Texas hotels built before 1950

  • Texas Monuments, Statues, Shrines and Historic Trees

  • Texas Centennial
  • Texas Monuments, Statues & Shrines -
    Including the stories of the honorees and the artists
  • Historic Trees
  • Texas Historic Trees -
    Not all were gallows stand-ins ...

  • Texas Historic Travel

  • Texas Towns
  • Texas Ghost Towns
  • Texas Historic Trips - Trips to historic places

  • Texas Escapes Sources : See Bibliography
    Texas History Links - Links to sites on Texas History


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