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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: THE SMALLEST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE WORLD – ST. MARTIN WARRENTON, TEXAS

By 1886 a large number of Catholic families were living in and around Warrenton, Texas.    The priest from near by Fayetteville organized a congregation and visited saying mass in private homes.  In 1888,  Frederick and Helen Spies sold one acre of land to the Catholic bishop on which a church and cemetery were to […]

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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: 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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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS

On January 30,1886, a group of Dallas business leaders chartered a private corporation; The Dallas State Fair and Exposition, which was to become THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS.  Immediately there were was a disagreement over where to locate the site – resulting in a split into two separate groups; on the Dallas State Fair and […]

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