Vol 8, No 24
January 24, 1876
Gunfight in Sweetwater Kills Two, Injures One.
On this date in 1876, buffalo hunter and teamster Bartholomew Masterson was shot as he talked to barmaid Molly Brennan. By the end of the gunfight, Molly was dead, but so was the original perpetrator, Corporal Melvin King. Masterson was severly wounded in the gunfight. He would go on to become a lawman in Kansas and Colorado. Despite his reputation, "Bat" Masterson never killed another man after that, preferring instead to sneak up and capture outlaws, train robbers and horse thieves.
Library of the Republic of Texas established
On this date in 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas established the Library of the Republic of Texas. Upon statehood, the library becomes the Texas State Library and Archives, and currently is part of the Capitol complex in Austin.
Thousands say goodbye to Lyndon Johnson
On this date in 1973, just two days after his death at his Stonewall ranch, former President Lyndon Johnson's body lies in state at the LBJ Library in Austin. Thousands of mourners file past the body, to say their last goodbyes to a great American and proud son of Texas.
BBB&C Railroad merges into New Company
On this date in 1870, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad was sold for $25,000. The major partner of the BBB&C, Thomas W Peirce, was made president of the new company with the same name. The sale includes the BBB&C railroad, the Brazos Iron Bridge Association, and the Columbus Tap Railroad, which merges into a single company the rail line between Harrisburg (Houston) and Columbus. Six months later the name would be changed to Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway. The rail line would eventually become part of Southern Pacific's Sunset route between New Orleans and Los Angeles.