What happened today in Texas history? September 30 | News
One of the many beautiful things about Texas is the Guadalupe Mountain range. On this day in 1972, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park was established. The park is large, in typical Texas fashion, comprised of 76,293 acres in Hudspeth and Culberson Counties.
Guadalupe peak is the highest point in Texas, at over 8,700 feet. According to the Texas State Historical Association, Indian rock sites in the park indicate Native American occupation as far back as 12,000 years. The Apaches lived in the mountains as late as the 1880s.
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On this day in 1925, Texas Technological College opened its doors in Lubbock. Of course, later the school became known as Texas Tech University, where now over 33,000 students attend.
And from tshaonline.org:
On this day in 1905, the American Rio Grande Land and Irrigation Company received a charter from the state of Texas. In 1900 Benjamin Franklin Yoakum, manager of the Frisco railroad system, had developed a plan to extend the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway from Houston to Brownsville. He recognized the agricultural potential of the area and soon collected a group of St. Louis capitalists to form the American Rio Grande Land and Irrigation Company with a capital stock of $1.25 million. The main accomplishment of the company was integrating the development of irrigation, the coming of the railroad, the sale of farmland, and the establishment of the town of Mercedes
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