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Colt Six Shooter

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Texas City Nicknames

Texas City Nicknames

Huntsville’s nickname is” Prison City” and sometimes, “Execution Capital of the World.” You won’t find it on the Chamber of Commerce marquis, but it is a well-known moniker for the town. Alpine says it is the “Gateway to Big Bend.” Athens is the “Black-eyed Pea Capital.” I bet they do some good business New Year’s Day. Austin is “Bat City,” or “Hippie Haven,” but more recently Austin simply asks a... »

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker was the most feared of the Comanche Indian chiefs on the Texas frontier. He was half white and half Comanche, he was taller and stronger and faster and more clever than any other chief of his time. The fact that he never lost a battle to soldiers who relentlessly pursued him. The fact that he was a ghost on the high plains and disappeared into thin air, even as he was chased in the b... »

Raising Boys

Raising Boys

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Few People Know that the great Playwright, Oscar Wilde, the author of A Picture of Dorian Grey and The Importance of Being Earnest, toured Texas in 1882, when he was 27 years old.  Yet, he was already quite famous in Europe as a writer, theater critic, an architectural historian, a Classicist, and leader of the Aesthetic Movement.  So there was great curiosity about what would happen when this Iri... »

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