Vol 8, No 139
May 19, 1946
Ben Hogan wins Fort Worth's first Colonial
Hogan sets Course Record
FORT WORTH (1946)
On this date in 1946, Ben Hogan won the first ever Colonial National Invitational Golf Tournament in Fort Worth. On the final day, Hogan shot a course record 65. His prize for winning? $3,000.
Indian Affairs Desk
Indians attack Fort Parker, kidnap 9yr old Girl
On this date in 1836, Fort Parker in limestone county, was attacked by a group of Comanche and Caddo Indians. In the aftermath, 9 year old Cynthia Ann Parker was captured.
Cynthia Ann lived with the Comanches for the next 24 years, become the wife of the chief, and bearing his child, Chief Quanah Parker.
Southern Pacific reaches El Paso from the West
EL PASO (1881)
On this date in 1881, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached El Paso from the West Coast. Originally, the line was to have met the Texas and Pacific at Yuma, Arizona, but the T&P got bogged down in Fort Worth.
Southern Pacific had no charter to extend into Texas from El Paso, so they made an agreement with the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad to utilize their charter and continue eastward. Southern Pacific used their same surveyors and crews as came with them from the West.
By December 1881, Southern Pacific (as the GH&SA) met the Texas Pacific at Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County to complete the nations second Trans-continental Railroad extending from the east via Dallas (along the T&P, and to the West Coast (along the Southern Pacific).
It would be another another year before San Antonio is connected to the Southern Pacific at Langtry near the Pecos River.