Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 83 March 24, 1825 Thursday Evening
Mexico Opens Texas to Settlers; Offers Land
Born This Date
Governor James Stephen Hogg born
PALESTINE   (1851) Click Here to follow "James Hogg" forward in Time  On this date in 1851, Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg was born near Rusk. In 1891, he became Texas' first native born Governor. Hogg purchased land for his family believing that oil would be discovered on the land. Shortly after his death, oil was discovered making his children instant millionares, including legendary philanthropist Ima Hogg.    More about "James Hogg on the Web

Colonization Law Passed
MEXICO CITY Click Here to follow "Colonization" back in Time(1825)   On this date in 1825, Mexico, passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. It encouraged settlement of Texas by offering over 4,000 acres of land for farming and ranching.
   Requirements include abiding by Mexican laws, worshiping as a Catholic, and good moral conduct. In addition, Texas and Coahuila will be united under a single state goverment.
   Since 1821, Texas had been settled by American settlers, under the leadership of Stephen F. Austin. It is his father's dream to colonize Texas. With the passage of this 1825 Act, additional grants were opened, and must of the region outside Austin's colony began to see an influx of settlers.
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Business Desk
East Texas Chamber of Commerce Formed
NACOGDOCHES   (1926)    On this date in 1926, the East Texas Chamber of Commerce was formed.

Capitol Desk
Goliad State Park established
AUSTIN   (1931)    On this date in 1931, Goliad State Park was established on the grounds of Mission Espíritu Santo in Goliad.   More about "Parks" on the Web

Lifestyles Desk
Matador's Davidson win Race to Frisco
SAN FRANCISCO Click Here to follow "HorseRace" back in Time (1939)    On this date in 1939, after 24 days of a pony-express style race from Texas to San Francisco, Shannon Davidson of Matador crossed the finish line at the Golden Gate International Exposition, earning himself 750 brand new silver dollars from the San Francisco Mint.