Vol 8, No 149
May 29, 1865
Provisional Governor appointed for Texas
Gov Andrew Hamilton
On this date in 1865, following the Union's victory over the Confederacy ending the Civil War, U.S.President Andrew Johnson appointed Andrew J Hamilton to be the provisional Governor of Texas.
Texas was then run by a provisional government until they were official readmitted the Union in March 1870.
Construction begins on Dam for Possum Kingdom Lake
MINERAL WELLS (1938)
On this date in 1938, Construction began on Morris Sheppard Dam, When finished the reservoir will be known as Possum Kingdom Lake. it was completed on March 20, 1941.
Cadillac Ranch gets a new coat of Paint
On this date in 2002, the famed Cadillac Ranch, the brain child of helium millionare, Stanley Marsh 3, was restored to it's original colors of turquoise, banana yellow, gold, and sky blue among others.
The Cadillac Ranch is located in an open field near the old Route 66 west of Amarillo. Built in 1974, it depicts 10 half buried cadillacs from year models 1948 to 1963. Marsh hired San Franciso art collective The Ant Farm to erect the legendary landmark. In 2003, the Cadillacs were painted black in memorium of the death of the founding member of the Ant Farm, Doug Michels.
Texas First Newspaper
SAN ANTONIO (1813)
Texas First Newspaper, Gaceta de Tejas, began publication on this date in 1813.