What happened today in Texas history? Sept. 26 | Arts & Culture
Have you ever heard of Andy Adams? He wrote a book called The Log of a Cowboy, and it is credited as being a realistic look at the real life of a cowboy, not a romantic, idealistic look that most authors gave their readers. He had many rejected manuscripts, as a result, but he stayed true to what he knew to be the real life of a cowboy in Texas. Adams didn't begin writing until he was 43 years old, and The Log of a Cowboy is credited as being his best work, telling the story of a five-month drive of over 3,000 cattle from Brownsville up to Montana in 1882. Andy Adams died on this day in 1882. Read more about Adams here.
On this day in 1736, a Spaniard named Carlos Benites Franquis de Lugo went to San Antonio to begin what turned out to be a controversial reign as ad interim governor of Spanish Texas. Franquis is said to have had a stormy temper and to be stubbornly prideful; for example, though he was sent to Texas by Viceroy, Archbishop Vizarrón, he refused to show anyone in Texas documents to prove that fact. He nearly bankrupted Texas during his time as Governor. You can read more about Spanish Texas here.
This is also the day that Arthur Stilwell died back in 1928. Stilwell was a railroad builder who founded the town of Port Arthur. After he lost control of his railroad develpment company due to bankruptcy, Stilwell wrote several books on finance and world affairs. Stilwell was a Christian Scientist, and he told stories claiming that the ideas for his railways and for Port Arthur came to him from the mythical creatures known as "brownies."
Today's Texas quote:"I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle." ~ Davy Crockett, 1836
Today's video: Miles and Miles of Texas by Asleep at the Wheel, via YouTube.