Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 82 March 23, 1861 Saturday Evening
Texas Convention ratifies Confederate Constitution
Songwriter Cindy Walker dies at 87
MEXIA    (2006)     On this day in 2006, Mexia resident Cindy Walker died. Born in Mart, she went on to become one of the most prolific song writers in country music history, and was the first woman ever inducted into the Songewriter's Hall of Fame in Nashville. Some of her best loved songs include Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby", Jim Reeves’s "Distant Drums," Jerry Wallace’s "In the Misty Moonlight" and Ray Charles' "You Don't Know Me." She was 87. See "Cindy Walker" Page 1D

Born This Date
Actress Joan Crawford is born in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO   (1908) Click Here to follow "Joan Crawford" forward in Time  On this date in 1908, Oscar winning actress, Lucille Fay LeSueur was born in San Antonio. She is best known by her stage name, Joan Crawford.    More about "Joan Crawford on the Web

Texas ratifies
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Confederacy" back in Time(1861)Click Here to follow "Confederacy" forward in Time  On this date in 1861, Texas Secession Convention ratified the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, by a vote of 126 to 2 after almost no debate. More of "Confederacy" on the Web
Education Desk
Lamar University lays roots in Beaumont
BEAUMONT   (1923) Click Here to follow "Lamar University" forward in Time  On this date in 1923, South Park Junior College is formed in Beaumont. The college has continued to grow and be renamed. It is now Lamar University.   More about "Lamar University" on the Web

Farm and Ranch Desk
Fort Worth Stockyard Incorporates
FORT WORTH Click Here to follow "Cattle Industry" back in Time (1893) Click Here to follow "Cattle Industry" forward in Time  On this date in 1893, the Fort Worth Stockyards are incorporated, eventually becoming the largest livestock market in the Southwest. At the time, Fort Worth had several Stockyards adjacent to the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Greenleif Simpson and others started a cattle empire in Fort Worth by purchasing several of the stockyards and a meat packing plants.   More about "Cattle Industry" on the Web

Military Desk
General Zach arrives along Rio Grande
BROWNSVILLE Click Here to follow "Mexican War" back in Time (1846) Click Here to follow "Mexican War" forward in Time  On this date in 1846, General Zachary Taylor reached the Rio Grande River. He and his men were sent to South Texas in response to threats by Mexico against annexation of Texas by the United States. A few days later, the men will begin construction of Fort Brown.

Oil Desk
Texas First Wildcatter dies at Melrose
MELROSE Click Here to follow "Lyne Barret" back in Time (1913)    On this date in 1913, Lyne Barret, Texas first wildcatter died at Melrose In 1866, Barret brought in the first oil well in Texas at Oil Springs. Because of a sluggish economy during reconstruction, he was unable to attract investors to develop the oil field. Years later, others will drill at Oil Springs, and strike it rich.   More about "Lyne Barret" on the Web

Weather Desk
Tornado hits Slidell in Wise County
DECATUR Click Here to follow "Tornados" back in Time (1909) Click Here to follow "Tornados" forward in Time  On this date in 1909, a tornado kills 11 and injures another 10 people in Slidell, Wise County.