Hecho en Houston.
Jaclyn Smith, 1978
A friend of mine met her in 1976 and said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. According to him, even her skin was flawless.
A wood market on the Military Plaza in San Antonio, 1892. I guess the wood was needed for cooking, heat etc…. Incredible glimpse into a long-lost way of life!
This is Confederate General John Bell Hood, the man for whom Fort Hood and Hood County are named. His life was quite tragic. Here’s his entry from the Texas State Historical Association Handbook:
The Texas theater in San Angelo, closed because of a polio scare. I am so thankful we don’t have to live with this anymore!
The first integrated circuit, invented by Jack Kilby in Dallas while working for Texas Instruments back in 1958. Kilby also invented the the handheld calculator and the thermal printer, for which he received patents.
Former slave Tom Lee and Czech farm worker Fred Svecina share a drink together in Fayette Co., 1910
This is the Big Spring Bur Oak, which is located in the 900 block of Pemberton Hill Road in Dallas. It was recently designated an official State of Texas Historic Tree. Sam Houston camped underneath it in 1843. It stands over a spring that pumps out roughly 24 gallons of pure water each minute —— one of the few natural spring sites left in Dallas.
Katherine Stinson and her Curtiss aeroplane. Her family founded the Stinson flying school in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston. She lead a remarkable life, one filled with many aviation firsts. You can read more about her at the always wonderful Texas State Historical Association website:
George H.W. Bush as a Yale baseball player, 1947. At this point in his life he had already been shot down in the Pacific as a pilot in World War II. A handsome young man was he!
Cars parked along the 500 block of Procter Street in Port Arthur, 1950s. I’m not one of those old car guys but I’d sure like to know what all of these are.
El Capitan in the Guadalupe Mountains, circa 1900. Old time travelers reported being able to see it for five days before reaching it. I can’t imagine traveling across this rocky desert in a buggy like this one with no roads. Tough people, indeed!