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December 1, 2021

The Most Generous Texan Of Yore?

By: W.F. Strong

Most Texans probably know the Brackenridge name. But, depending on where you’re from, you might have a different landmark (and namesake) in mind. In Austin, there was the area’s first public hospital. In Edna, there’s a more than one thousand acre Brackenridge Recreation Complex. But as Commentator WF Strong notes, the Brackenridge who lent his name to a park in San Antonio, George Washington Brackenridge, may have given more to Texas — in financial terms — than anyone else.


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January 12, 2022

A Little Test Of Texas’ Official Symbols

Likely you haven’t had a test of Texas’ official symbols since about 5th grade. You probably still know the major ones – but do you remember the state small mammal?

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December 29, 2021

How Ranchers Used Barbed Wire To Make Phone Calls

These days, if you're out working on a ranch and you need some backup, you just pick up your cell phone. If you're in a remote area of Texas with bad service -- you might also have a walkie talkie handy. But not so long ago, the options were a little less sophisticated. Still, you might be surprised that there were phones around. Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong has the story.

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December 15, 2021

Texas Ice Fishing

It's unlikely Texas will see a major freeze this winter like we did last year. At least that's what forecasters are saying right now. The extreme cold of last February reminded Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong about a bit of folklore he once heard about a Texas winter.

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