What happened today in Texas history? October 9 | Arts & Culture
Texas history is full of characters, entrepreneurs, trailblazers, and adventurers. Here's what happened on this day in our state's always-interesting history:
On this day in 1866, the Houston Direct Navigation Company was chartered, according to tshaonline.org, to improve transportation and navigation on Buffalo Bayou and to avoid wharfage charges at Galveston. The company shipped freight between Houston and New York. In 1869 it transported an estimated 11,554 passengers and 815,466 barrels of materials, including those used in the construction of the International-Great Northern Railroad. Read what eventually happened to end it here .
On this day in 1871, martial law was imposed upon Freestone County. Marital law, or military rule imposed by military authorities over a designated region for a period of time, was imposed by Governor Edmund J. Davis because of reported coercion and fraudulent voting in Fairfield during October elections that year. Martial law was lifted on November 10.
On this day in 1983, famed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. ESPN says "Perhaps no player did more to establish the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys than Roger Staubach. Quite simply, he put 'America's Team' on the map." Two years later, he was immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1994, Tony Dorsett and Randy White were inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
And, on this day in 1999, The Houston Astros played their final game in the Astrodome; they would begin the 2000 season at Enron Field.
Also of interest, in the fall of 2005 (no specific date given), a deer hunter came across tracks in the mud near a feeder creek of the Sabine River in Wood County. (near the Mineola Nature Preserve) According to woodape.org, "The footprints were 15 1/2-16" long and one appeared 11" wide. I followed the tracks approx 1/2 mile until they went into a three-acre wetland, then they disappeared into the water." Other supposed Bigfoot sightings have been reported in Wood County, and to celebrate its weird infamy, the town of Mineola is hosting Bigfoot Meets Naturefest the weekend of October 11-12, 2013. Details found here. Looks like a lot of fun, whether or not an apeman shows up!
Today's Texas quote: “I was, for some years, a member of Congress. In my last canvass, I told the people of my District, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithfully as I had done, but, if not, they might go to hell and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen, and here I am.” – David Crockett, 1835
Today's Texas music: Miranda Lamber's Nashville Star performance of "Texas When I Die"