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116 Years Ago Today, Texas Named It’s Flower the Bluebonnet

While everyone in the lone star state can point to the state flower out of a lineup, not everyone knows when the bluebonnet was proclaimed the state flower.

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100-Year-Old Longview Clock Sits in Front of Gregg County Historical Museum

The 100-year-old clock that stood in downtown Longview for more than 60 years has moved back to where it originally stood.

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Setting It Straight: Did Mardi Gras in the States Originate in New Orleans?

In short, no.

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Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About This Texas Favorite

The name Big Red implies that it's straight out of Nebraska, right?  At least to us Husker alums who view all things through the football lens.

Big Red soda is bottled in Texas, by the Dr. Pepper folks, and was first born here in 1937. Did you know it used to be called "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda?"

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Don’t Miss This Obscure East Texas Landmark

It's the only international boundary that exists within the continental US, and it's the only remaining soil still belonging to the independent nation of Texas.

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Texas Is Better Than Your State

God bless the United States of America. There's 50 of 'em. Each having their own unique contribution to the melting pot that is our great nation...

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think

If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.

Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  I bet you've got these veterans in your family too.

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Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween Anyway?

We carry around a secret inner desire to be Flo from Progressive all year long, and finally at Halloween we let her out!  Is that it?

The kids might have questions about Halloween, so I did some research to prep us. 

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Historical Designation for Longview Fire Department In the Works

Longview's Central Fire Station, located in downtown, is currently under review by a local commission seeking historical designation for the property. 

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Are Texas Dance Halls A Thing Of The Past?

Central Texas has some dance halls with history behind them, like the Broken Spoke in Austin, and Gruene Hall about 45 minutes to the south.

Those two spots seem to have enough history and tradition behind them to continue drawing a crowd, and they've got that cool factor that attracts both older cowboy boots and young skinny jeans.  But will other Texas dance halls last?

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Nacogdoches Has A Home on Texas Endangered List

The list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas is out, and a Nacogdoches structure is on it.

Preservation Texas.org released the list this week, and Nac's Clay House is on the 11th annual list.

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This Day in History for June 13 – Thurgood Marshall Nominated and More

Here's a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1966 – The US Supreme Court rules on Miranda v. Arizona, stating police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them (More info)

1967 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the US Supreme Court (More info)

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