Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 170 June 18, 1924 Wednesday Evening
Miriam A (Ma) Ferguson Announces Run for Governor
Born This Date
Oilwell Firefighter Red Adiar born in Houston
HOUSTON   (1915) Click Here to follow "Red Adair" forward in Time  On this date in 1915, legendary oil well fire fighter Red Adair was born in 1915. He extinquished well fires around the world, some burning for as much as six months. He was among the first to put out the well fires in Kuwait in 1991 at the end of Desert Storm. John Wayne played him in the 1868 action film, "Hellfighters".    More about "Red Adair on the Web

Ma Ferguson Runs
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Ma Ferguson" back in Time(1924)Click Here to follow "Ma Ferguson" forward in Time  In an effort to clear her husbands name, who was impeached while Governor, Mrs Miriam A Ferguson (Ma Ferguson) opened her campaign to run for governor herself, on this date in 1924.
Farm and Ranch Desk
First Ranch in the Texas Panhandle is formed
AMARILLO Click Here to follow "Charles Goodnight" back in Time (1877) Click Here to follow "Charles Goodnight" forward in Time  On this date in 1877, shortly after the Indians had been moved to reservations in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Charles Goodnight and John Adair form the J.A. Ranch, the first ranch in the Panhandle. In the months that preceded, Goodnight moved his 1,600 head of cattle from New Mexico to the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle, thinking that the canyon would form a natural shelter and help contain the cattle. Goodnight would help to establish several of the cattle trails between Texas and the railheads in Kansas. Over the next few years, windmills, rodeos and eventually barbed wire would become a regular part of life in West Texas.