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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Houston fought his toughest battle with the bottle

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On Feb. 18, 1839, Sam Houston spoke at the first temperance meeting ever held in the Texas town named for him, but after lecturing loud and long on the evils of alcohol, he ducked out the back to avoid taking the customary pledge. The rally

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas was a regular stop in Houdini’s travels

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Following a weeklong engagement at the Majestic Theater, a cheering crowd saw Harry Houdini, escape artist extraordinaire, off at the Dallas train station on Jan. 22, 1916....

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Early Texans settled their differences with duels

They fought to the death for family honor — or even just the best steaks

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Kyle Rote’s cousin also starred on the gridiron

Never count your chickens before they're hatched in front of a Texan

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Erratic Lamar never lived up to his potential

The highs and lows of a Texan with a large debts and a larger soul

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Bartee Haile: The flesh-and-blood Dealey behind Dallas’ plaza

George Bannerman Dealey was an exemplary far-sighted journalist whose name is often linked with a tragedy

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Bartee Haile: The ‘most uncoachable player’ in football history

The tale of a gifted football player who sadly seemed to live up to his name

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Sam Houston sworn in a month ahead of schedule

President Sam Houston inherits a pack of troubles in the magnificently beautiful Lone Star state

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Bartee Haile: U.S. government smuggled Nazi scientists into Texas

A shocking tale of deceit, science and immigration after WWII

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Bartee Haile: Time to start acting like an independent people

The remarkable Sam Houston saves the day once again

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