Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 130 May 10, 1869 Monday Evening
Railroad Unites East and West in Utah
Joan Crawford dies in New York Apartment
NEW YORK CITY Click Here to follow "Joan Crawford" back in Time  (1977)     On this date in 1977, Oscar winning actress Joan Crawford died in her New York City apartment.
   Born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905 in San Antonio, Texas, she was one of the brightest stars in Hollywood during the 40s and 50s, and later made over 100 television appearances.
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Trans-Contenental RR
PROMONTORY UT Click Here to follow "Transcontinental RR" back in Time(1869)Click Here to follow "Transcontinental RR" forward in Time  On this date in 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad met at Promontory Point Utah and united to form the nations first Trans-Continental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad soon merged with the Southern Pacific.
   In 1883, a southern all-weather route was opened between New Orleans and Los Angeles by the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Texas based Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad. The “Sunset Route” is still used today by Amtrak and is probably best known for it's High Bridge over the Pecos River Canyon near Langtry.

Military Desk
US Military sails in search of Camels
WASHINGTON DC Click Here to follow "Camels" back in Time (1855) Click Here to follow "Camels" forward in Time  On this date in 1855, Major H.C.Wayne received Presidential orders to organize a Camel Brigade for Texas.
    A Ship was placed at the Major's disposal, and soon, he sailed for North Africa to purchase desirable beasts.
   Spending $12,000, Maj. Wayne returned with 33 camels and several Arabs and Turks to assist in training. The camels were unloaded at Indianola on May 13, 1856, bound for Camp Verde in the Texas Hill Country.
   Today, at Camp Verde Store, just west of the remains of the old camel outpost, souvenirs and posters still celebrate this moment in Texas' colorful history.
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