Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 201 July 19, 1876 Wednesday Evening
First Railroad to reach Fort Worth
Today in Sports
Cowboys Training Camp begins in Oregon
FOREST GROVE OR Click Here to follow "Dallas Cowboys" back in Time (1960) Click Here to follow "Dallas Cowboys" forward in Time  On this date in 1960, the first Dallas Cowboys training camp opened at Forest Grove, Oregon.    More about "Dallas Cowboys" on the Web

Obituaries
Folk Music collector Lomax dies at 87
SARASOTA FL Click Here to follow "Alan Lomax" back in Time  (2002)     On this date in 2002, Austin born musicologist and folk music collector Alan Lomax died in Sarasota Florida.
   Lomax was the first to record such early folk artists as Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Woody Guthrie. To his credit are dozens of collected works of Folk Music.
   It was Lomax who gave Bob Dylan his legendary thumbs down when Dylan introduced an electric guitar in his performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
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Country Singer, Lefty Frizzell dies
NASHVILLE TN Click Here to follow "Lefty Frizzell" back in Time  (1975)     On this date in 1975, "Lefty" Frizzell died. His string of hits includes "Long Black Veil" and "Saginaw Michigan" for which he received a Grammy Award. See "Lefty Frizzell" Page 1D

Texas and Pacific
FORT WORTH Click Here to follow "Transcontinental RR" back in Time(1876)Click Here to follow "Transcontinental RR" forward in Time  On this date in 1876, Texas and Pacific railroad became the first railroad to reach Fort Worth. Eventually the railroad extended from Louisiana to El Paso, and became the Primary line to carry passengers and freight westward from Dallas-Fort Worth.
City Desk
Lake Arlington Dam completed
ARLINGTON   (1957)    On this date in 1957, construction was completed on the dam creating Lake Arlington.

Crime Desk
Sam Bass wounded in Shootout in Round Rock
ROUND ROCK   (1878) Click Here to follow "Sam Bass" forward in Time  On this date in 1878, Sam Bass and his gang were scouting out banks in Round Rock planning a robbery for the following day.
   Texas Rangers, tipped off that Sam Bass was in town, were waiting, but were caught off guard by Bass and his men. In the shootout that followed, one of Bass's gang was killed, one escaped, and Bass himself was fatally wounded. Sam Bass died two days later. His grave is still an attraction at the cemetery on Sam Bass Road, just west of I-35.