Fort Davis in the early 1880s.

The Frontier Forts of Texas

By Bryan Woolley

After the Republic of Texas was annexed to the United States in late 1845, Texans had high hopes that the federal government would do what the impoverished Republic had been unable to do: subdue the aggressive Indian tribes on the new state's western frontier and open the vast emptiness of West Texas to safe Anglo settlement. Instead, the annexation of Texas soon precipitated the Mexican War, which kept the United States Army preoccupied with events south of the Rio Grande until 1849. . . .

 ('Frontier Forts' is one of numerous articles listed under Features. . . .)

Cover of 1911 Texas Almanac

Cover of the 1911 Texas Almanac.

1911: Automobiles in Texas

Ten years ago an automobile was a curiosity in the leading cities of Texas. Five years ago the people in many counties had never seen what was then known as the horseless carriage. Today it is estimated that the number of automobiles in actual service in Texas will reach nearly 30,000 and that over $40,000,000 is invested in the machines. . . .

('Automobiles' is one of several articles from early Texas Almanacs presented under Selected Archives. . . .)

Timeline of Texas History (excerpt)


March 1 – U.S. Congress passes a "Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States."

mid-March – The first of many large groups of Germans arrive in Central Texas, settling at New Braunfels.

July 4 – The Texas Constitutional Convention votes to accept the United States annexation proposal; it drafts an Annexation Ordinance and State Constitution to submit to the voters of Texas.

Oct. 13 – Texas voters overwhelmingly approve annexation, the new state constitution and the annexation ordinance.

Dec. 29 – The U.S. Congress approves, and President James K. Polk signs, the "Joint Resolution for the Admission of the State of Texas into the Union." Texas becomes the 28th state. . . .

('1845' is part of the complete Timeline. . . .)