Sunday, February 25, 2018
(Texas Day by Day) ... The Texas Rangers gave the Colt revolver its reputation as a weapon ideally suited for mounted combat.
Frederick Law Olmsted remarked that "there were probably as many revolvers in Texas as there were males." Continued
Saturday, February 24, 2018
|Tankhouses, Mosquero, |
The basic design is simple and straightforward– a large water tank (2,000 to 3,000 gallons) sits on an elevated platform some twenty to forty feet in height. Usually both the tank and the tower structure are enclosed. The area inside the tower is used for a workshop or storage or occasionally as a dwelling area.
Wood is used most frequently in the construction of a tankhouse, although in some areas stone, brick, masonry block, or a combination of these materials is employed. Square, straight tower construction is most common in the Great Plains, but tapered towers are found occasionally, and in Nebraska circular towers occur in some counties. Continued
|Library of Congress|
Revelation of the contents enraged American public opinion, especially after the German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann publicly admitted the telegram was genuine on March 3, and helped generate support for the United States declaration of war on Germany in April.
The decryption was described as the most significant intelligence triumph for Britain during World War I, and one of the earliest occasions on which a piece of signals intelligence influenced world events. Continued
Friday, February 23, 2018
The Battle of Buena Vista (February 22 – February 23, 1847), also known as the Battle of Angostura, saw the United States Army use artillery to repulse the much larger Mexican Army in the Mexican–American War.
Buena Vista, a village in the state of Coahuila, is seven miles (12 km) south of Saltillo, in Mexico. Continued
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The war had pretty much depleted the beef supply in the East and when the Texans returned home in 1865 they found thousands of longhorns running free.
A way needed to be found to bring the two together. At the same time the Kansas and Pacific Railroad was building west towards Abilene. Continued
A well-respected and known persona on the Route, Wallis reveals some things that even those who know him best may be surprised to learn. Continued
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The tour commemorated both the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Route 66 in New Mexico, and Gov. Susana Martinez's proclamation of February as Aviation Appreciation Month.
The Air Tour was organized by Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Albuquerque, with the assistance of the Aviation Division of the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the New Mexico Pilots Association. Continued
The original settlement began where the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad crossed the tracks of the Fort Worth and Denver line, on the boundary between Dallam and Hartley counties. Continued