Texas History

You might think you have deep roots in Texas, but they do not compare to some of the great trees of the state. These Live Oaks, Pecans, Elms and Cypress have stood tall through the ages. They watched the six flags come and go. They gave shade to the history makers and sometimes provided the limbs for grim lynchings.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has collected the most storied trees of the state in the book “Famous Trees of Texas” Gretchen Riley co-authored the book with Peter D.Smith.

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A long quiet history of the Tejano baseball leagues is starting to raise its voice. In the early 1900s, baseball in south Texas was a big deal. The Brownsville Tigers, the Mission 30-30s, the San Antonio Bears and many, many more were playing all across the region to healthy crowd sizes of well dressed fans. Some of these teams dated back to the 1800s.

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a bucket list of things you should do in the Lone Star state before you kick the bucket.

Pack your bags, fuel up your car, and come take a tour with us across the state …

Ryan E. Poppe

At the corner of Market and Laredo Streets in downtown San Antonio, tourists follow the arrows on a sign that points to internationally known tourist attractions, including the Alamo. There’s also a lone arrow pointing in the opposite direction, one that fewer follow. It directs visitors to the home of a Mexican who helped write Texas’ first constitution.

Many people know that during World War II, the United States created a system of internment camps for resident aliens from Japan as well as American citizens of Japanese descent.

However, what’s not generally known is that some Germans and Italians were targeted as well. They, too, were put into camps. Some of them were deported.