Texas then and now

This week in the Hill Country

The Cherrywood Art Fair, Dec. 12-13.

Maplewood Elementary School,  3808 Maplewood Avenue,  Austin, Texas 78722

An art-filled two-day event showcasing handmade culture from Texas artists, live music, great food, and fun activities for children

The Fifth Annual Day of Tango Festival, Dec. 11-13

Ben Hur Shrine Temple Auditorium, 7811 Rockwood Lane Austin, TX 78757

Performances by international Tango champions, local area Tango instructors, and live music with a tango quintet. Interactive dance workshops, free beginner lessons and traditional Argentine milonga dances.

Yesterday’s news

1870    The Salt War of San Elizario broke into open conflict with the killing of Judge Gaylord Judd Clarke. The Salt Wars began in the late 1860s as a struggle between two Republican leaders to acquire title to the salt deposits at the foot of Guadalupe Peak, 100 miles east of El Paso. The Mexican citizens considered the lakes public property under terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo . They were supported in their view by Louis Cardis, the major political boss of the area. It’s a complicated story eventually involving the Texas Rangers and a detachment of US troops. Two men were killed by a mob; another was shot by a firing squad composed of Mexican men. Read about it before you reach for that salt shaker again.

1925    The Museum of the Big Bend was founded on the campus of Sul Ross University. The Trans-Pecos Museum and Historical Society was organized in Alpine to research the history, folklore and sciences of the region. In January 1926 the name was changed to the West Texas Historical and Scientific Society, and the organization was chartered by the Texas Legislature in April of that year. The mission of the museum, then as now, is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the cultural, historic and natural materials of the Big Bend of Texas and northern Mexico, with an awareness of the region’s rich cultural diversity.

 

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