Travis Draws the Original “Line in The Sand”

Travis knew by March third that the situation at the Alamo was hopeless. 

Sometime between the  third and fourth he used his sword to draw a line in the sand.  In a passionate speech Travis told the Alamo occupants the situation was hopeless and they should decide how they would die.  He challenged all those who would fight to the death to cross the line in the sand.

“We must die. Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.”

All but Moses Rose crossed the line.  Rose snuck through the enemy lines the night of March fifth.

175 Years Ago, February 8, 1836 – Former Congressman David Crockett Arrives at Alamo

David Crockett lost his election to the US Congress and was reported to tell the body “You can go to Hell. I’m going to Texas.”

Davy Crockett left Tennessee Nov. 1, 1835, with three other men to explore Texas.  He picked up and lost several men on the way.  Crockett arrived in Little Rock on November 12 and passed through NE Texas to hunt with one of my ancestors, Crockett’s fellow Tennessean and Texas Ranger, Henry Stout.  Crockett and 65 men arrived in Nacogdoches, Texas in early January 1836 where they signed up as volunteers for the Provisional Government of Texas.  On February 6, 1836 Crockett and five other men rode into San Antonio.Tennessee

The group spent the night at the home of Don Seguin along with Jim Bowie.  Crockett first arrived at the Alamo on February 8.

Just like everything else, the death of Davey Crockett is controversial.  Since this is my article, I choose to subscribe to and report that “Ben” a former slave and cook for Santa Ana reported Crockets body was found surrounded by at least sixteen dead Mexican soldiers he had killed in his last stand.

Chronology of the Alamo, 175 Years Ago



December 4, 1835 –

Colonel Benjamin R. Milam rallies Texians for an assault on Cos’ garrison in San Antonio de Béxar

December 5-10, 1835 – Battle of Béxar rages as Texians fight their way into town – Cos surrenders his army, which is then paroled

December 21, 1835 – Colonel James C. Neill receives orders to take command at San Antonio de Béxar – garrison consists of about 100 men

January 19, 1836 – Colonel James Bowie arrives to investigate the military situation for governor Henry Smith and General Sam Houston

February 2, 1836 – Bowie and Neill vow “. . . we will rather die in these ditches than give it up to the enemy.” Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis arrives with 30 men

February 8, 1836 – Former Congressman David Crockett arrives in San Antonio de Béxar with 12 volunteers

February 14, 1836 – Travis and Bowie agree to share command at San Antonio de Béxar after Colonel Neill received a temporary leave of absence

February 23, 1836 – Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Centralist forces arrive and the Siege of the Alamo begins

March 6, 1836 – The Alamo falls in a predawn assault

March-May 1836 – The Alamo reoccupied by Centralist forces

May-June1836 – Centralist forces are ordered out of Texas following Santa Anna’s capture at the Battle of San Jacinto – the Alamo’s fortifications are destroyed by the Centralist garrison

Texas Best Ranch Girls

The “Texas Best Ranch Girls” YouTube channel showed up on my Google Alerts.  I didn’t find a website, but if these are really Texas Best, I need more information.  Maybe some of the single Texas boys will do the research and let me know.

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B. W. Stevenson, Native Texan

B. W. Stevenson was born in Dallas Texas October 5, 1949 Buckwheat (B.W.) was a progressive country artist most famous for his song “My Maria”. 

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BW attended Adamson High School in Dallas along with other artists Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

 “My Maria” grew to become the number 9 hit, on Billboard in 1973. The song was recorded later by Brooks & Dunn, and became a three-week #1 country winner in 96.  BJ had other successful singles, including “A Little Bit of Understanding” and the original version of Daniel Moore’s “Shambala”.

BJ passed away during heart operation at 38.

Poor David’s Pub in Dallas holds a songwriting contest in his memory.

Goodbye Dandy Don Meredith

Dandy Don Meredith was a “Cowboy” from Mount Vernon Texas 100 miles east of Dallas.  Not much happens in Mount Vernon so an All American football player is a big deal.  Just 15 miles up the road from my place, it makes this loss more personal. 

Watching Meredith quarterback the cowboys in the 60’s was mostly frustrating.  My best friend was a Green Bay fan and the NFL title games in 66 and the “Ice Bowl” in 67 were disasters.  I like to remember him for Monday Night Football that debuted my senior year of High School in 1970.

Watching Monday Night Football, he made you feel like you were watching the game with a buddy and he won an Emmy for sports broadcasting on ABC’s Monday Night Football, as a result.  Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, and Frank Gifford got the week off to a good start.  We learned to dislike Cosell and love Dandy Don.

Meredith looked and sounded like a Texas country boy, but as we say in Texas, “he didn’t come to town in a turnip wagon”; he caught Cosell off guard plenty of times.  We all remember that when the game was won, Don would sing Willie Nelson’s, “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over”  December 5th, 2010.

Come And Take It

175 Years ago, October 1835, Texans began the struggle for Independence at Gonzales.  The reenactment of the “Come and Take it Battle” begins October 2, 2010.

The battle was really a skirmish.  Texans fired on the Mexicans over a canon used to protect Gonzales from the Comanche.  The commander of the Mexican troops had been ordered to take the canon from the town of Gonzales.

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The Mexican commander was sympathetic with the Texans and opposed the Centralist Big government being forced on Texas by Santa Anna.  Even at this early date in Texas history, the Texans valued personal independence and freedom over an oppressive central government.

The Texan commander John Henry Moore, ordered the attack on the Mexicans.  The Mexicans withdrew and the battle was over.  This was the major break in relations between The Texans and Mexico.

Later in the war for independence, the Gonzales men would be the only reinforcements to fight their way into the Alamo.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Ft Worth

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame recognizes Texas individuals and women that have excelled in the sports as well as business enterprise of rodeo, as well as a traditional western way of life. A handful of of the Inductees consists of: Nolan Ryan, Tommy Lee Jones, Trevor Brazile, Don Edwards, George Strait, Lane Frost, Ty Murray, Barry Corbin, Red Steagall, Tuff Hedeman, J.J. Hampton (17 time PWRA World Champion), Charmayne James, and Don Gay (8 time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider)! Each one of the Inductees possess their personal unique presentation area that includes individual collectibles for the visitors to see.

 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame opened its doors in 2001. The structure housing Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is one of the horse and mule barns of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Initially constructed in 1888, all of these barns housed more than 3,000 horses and mules. The unique wooden barns which stood in this area were burned March 14, 1911 when the spark coming from a moving train ignited a fire. They were reconstructed and finished in March 1912 and regarded the initial “fire proof” barns. The bricks, columns, metal doors, cat-walks, and cinder blocks found here are all authentic architecture of yes-ter-year.

 Guests discover many of the world-class displays for a single, minimal, all-day entrance charge.

Roy Orbison, Vernon Texas

Singer, songwriter, and rock ‘n’ roll legend Roy Kelton Orbison was born April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee and Nadine Orbison.

The family soon moved to the small West Texas oil town of Wink. There, at age six, Roy learned to play the guitar from his father. He began performing at school and on the radio as a young man. In high school he formed a band called the Wink Westerners. While attending North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), Roy turned his country band into a rock ‘n’ roll band called the Teen Kings.

Completing only two years of college, Roy dropped out and devoted himself to building the band’s popularity throughout West Texas. Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee soon took notice, and Roy recorded his first hit, “Ooby Dooby,” for Sun in 1956.

Despite that initial hit, Roy had less chart success than his Sun contemporaries, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Teen Kings disbanded and Roy left Sun to join Monument, a Nashville label, in 1959. A year earlier, the Everly Brothers had recorded one of his songs, “Claudette” (named for his first wife), which became a hit.

It was with Monument during the ’60s that Orbison wrote and recorded his greatest hits. All now rock ‘n’ roll classics, they include “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Blue Angel” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Blue Bayou” (1963), “It’s Over” (1964), and “Oh Pretty Woman” (1964).

Elvis Presley called Orbison “the greatest singer in the world.” In 1963, Roy headlined a concert in England with an opening act made up of four of his biggest young fans, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They would soon be known to the world as the Beatles.

At the height of his fame in 1966, Roy’s wife, Claudette, died in a motorcycle accident. Two years later two of his three sons died when his Nashville home caught fire. Roy married again in 1969 and had two more sons.

In 1979, Orbison had heart surgery. He had continued to tour despite a downturn in popularity during the ’70s. In the late ’70s and throughout the ’80s, Roy’s career had a resurgence when Linda Ronstadt and Van Halen released covers of his songs, and Roy released new recordings of his classics.

In 1980, he recorded a duet, “That Loving You Feeling Again,” with Emylou Harris, which won a Grammy. In 1987, the movie “Blue Velvet” included his hit, “In Dreams,” on its soundtrack. That same year, Roy was also inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The next year, he taped a television tribute to his music, performing with many his fellow rock legends and fans. He also released an album, The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, which became a top ten hit.

It was during this renewed success and interest in his talent that Orbison died of a heart attack the night of December 6, 1988.

Nolan Ryan 7th No-Hitter

5-1-1991 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, on the mound for the Texas Rangers, records his seventh career no-hitter