Gun Fight at the White Elephant

White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth, TexasThe Luke Short-Jim Courtright duel was a duel in the White Elephant Saloon Fort Worth, Texas on February 8, 1887, between two well known gunmen, Jim Courtright and Luke Short.

Jim Courtright, a former City Marshal of Fort Worth, was trying to extort protection money from gambler

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Shanghi Pierce

 Shanghi Pierce

The Texas Cattle Drives – Shanghi Pierce

The Texas cattle industry and ranching, as we know it today, actually began shortly after the Civil War. No one knows the year precisely but it has been placed around 1866 to 1870.

In 1870, in Lavaca, County Texas a young tall lanky fellow named Shanghi Pierce put together a small band of working Cowhands and rounded up a small herd of Mavericks (wild cows and Long Horns).

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Letter from the Alamo

William B. TravisWilliam B. Travis letter from the Alamo


Commander of the Alamo February, 24, 1836

To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world:
Fellow citizens and compatriots:

I am beseiged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained continual bombardment and for twenty-four hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.

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The Battle at San Jacinto

the battle at san jacintoSAN JACINTO, birthplace of Texas liberty! ... San Jacinto, one of the world’s decisive battles! . . . San Jacinto, where, with cries of "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" Sam Houston and his ragged band of 910 pioneers routed Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President and Dictator of Mexico and self-styled "Napoleon of the West," with his proud army, and changed the map of North America!

Here is a story that has thrilled Texans for more than a century ... a story of desperate valor and high adventure; of grim hardship, tragedy and romance ... the story of the epochal battle that established the independent Lone Star Republic, on April 21, 1836, and indelibly inscribed the names of Texas patriots on history's scroll of American immortals.

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Texas Declaration of Independence

Texas Declaration of Independence


The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegate of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.

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