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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS STATE CEMETERY – AUSTIN

Just east of downtown Austin, the Texas State Cemetery is located on 22 acres of land.  The cemetery is divided into to two section, one that contains 900 graves of deceased prominent Texans and another that has over 2,200 graves of Confederate soldiers and widows. In 1851 General Edward Burleson, who fought in the Battle of San […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERIES

Throughout the backroads of Texas are scattered one of our most valuable and ignored historic resources: HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERIES.  Some are located in our major cities, some in small towns, some off major highways, and some are at the end of long dirt roads.  Many of these cemeteries are the only thing remaining of once very […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: BERACHAH HOME/THE LOST CEMETERY OF INFANTS – Arlington, Texas

Sometimes you find amazing things almost in your backyard – this is one of those times. In 1894, Reverend JT Upchurch established the Berachah Rescue Society in Waco, Texas with the purpose of redeeming and aiding prostitutes and other fallen women.  In 1903, after being driven from Waco by angry fellow Methodist church members who opposed his aiding […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: HELP RESCUE HISTORIC TEXAS DANCE HALLS

Scattered throughout rural Texas there are hundreds of historic dance halls.  Some of these are still operating today while many are in disrepair. These halls were and continue to be an important part of our history and our TEXAS Heritage.  You will not find these halls off the Interstate Highways – you must detour onto […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS – 2ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TEXAS FIDDLING – Burton Texas

  During the 19th century a type of fiddle music began to emerge in Texas.  Other string instruments like banjos and guitars joined the fiddles.  Fiddle sessions sprung up everywhere from living rooms, porches, and also in local Texas Dancehalls.   The influence reflected the diverse population of the post Civil War Texas including, African-American, […]

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