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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Barnstormers set world record flying circles over Fort Worth

To inscribe their names in aviation annals, Reginald L. Robbins and James Kelly sought to set the world record for continuous flight — by circling in circles above Fort Worth for a solid week without landing

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Roosevelt rallies his Rough Riders in San Antonio

Hundreds of “Rough Riders” descended on San Antonio on May 5, 1898 itching to lend Teddy Roosevelt a hand in kicking the Spaniards out of Cuba.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Bartee Haile: San Marcos’ Tex Hughson knew when to walk away

The Boston Red Sox pitcher was headed toward the Hall of Fame until his arm gave out. Rather than play for the National League’s New York Giants, he retired to San Marcos for the next chapter in...

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Bartee Haile: The mysterious case of the ‘Lady in Blue’

In the 17th century, Catholic priests at remote outposts in present-day Texas and New Mexico were dumbfounded to encounter native people who appeared from the wilds already converted to Christianity. Spanish nun María de Ágreda said she...

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Riverboat captain builds ranch fit for a King

When Richard King rode the 165 dusty miles from Brownsville to Corpus Christi in 1852, he knew absolutely nothing about cattle or ranching. But he recognized a pot at the end of the rainbow when he saw...

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Dictator Diaz ruled over Mexico for 35 years

Sick and tired of the incessant chaos along the Rio Grande, Texans opened their wallets and private arsenals to the Porifirio Diaz’s army, helping him begin a long reign as Mexico’s authoritarian leader.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas women fought long and hard for the vote

COVER: Women in Travis County register to vote for the first time in 1918, the year Gov. William P. Hobby Sr. signed a bill allowing women to vote in party primaries. More than 386,000 women registered in...

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Lindbergh was lucky before historic trans-Atlantic solo

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE “Slim” Lindbergh reported for pilot training at Brooks Field in San Antonio on Mar. 18, 1924 just three years before the skinny college dropout became the most...

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Bartee Haile: West Texans fought long and hard for a college

Unhappy with the site selection, one politician promised to make the long journey to Lubbock on foot if 300 students showed up registration in the fall of 1924. When more than 900 enrolled for the inaugural semester,...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Bartee Haile: Zeb Pike had nothing to fear from hospitable Spaniards

After trespassing on Spanish-controlled territory during his early 19th century fact-finding expedition into the southwestern United States, the adventurous army lieutenant was taken captive — and treated like an honored guest

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