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‘Goodbye Old Paint’

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We’ll never know who wrote the traditional and iconic cowboy song “Goodbye Old Paint.” The song most likely emerged from one of the great cattle drives that were held from the 1860s through the 1880s. No doubt some anonymous cowboy auditioned it around a campfire on a cattle drive one night, and it caught on to the point where people are still singing it today, far beyond any Western campfire.

Sugar Loaf

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If you try to visit the old community of Sugar Loaf in Coryell County you might get blown away — Literally. Where Sugar Loaf was located from 1852 to 1942 is now part of the “impact zone” at Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the world. But it was a dangerous place in the 1850s, too.

There Goes The ‘One Ranger’

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In 1969 a young Mexican-American named Johnny Rodriguez ended up in an Uvalde County jail after rustling and barbecuing a goat, which led to the discovery of an unpaid fine. Rodriguez sang in his cell to pass the time, of which he had plenty.


Henry Skillman, Frontier Mail Courier

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Early-day mail couriers like Henry Skillman worked for the U.S. government but they didn’t get much in the way of benefits. If they survived the Apaches, Comanches, rattlesnakes and terrain they got to do the same thing again and again until their contract ran out. Health insurance? They bought Sharps rifles.

Firsts In Flight In The Skies Of Texas

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This week, we’re looking back at some firsts in Texas aviation:
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