The Creation of the Frozen Margarita

Mariano Martinez of Dallas needed his popular margaritas to stay consistent. His invention lead to a Mexican restaurant classic- the frozen Margarita.   Resources: https://www.laharanch.com/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/uniquely-texas-origins-frozen-margarita-180969339/ https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/dallas-now/2017/07/the-history-of-the-frozen-margarita-begins-in-dallas.htm https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2010/05/frozen-margarita-machine-cinco-de-mayo.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Martinez_(entrepreneur)

That Time Japan Unsuccessfully Bombed Texas

In 1945, two communities in Texas found giant balloons in their fields. Though it was mostly covered up by the US, it turned out it was a failed attempt by the Japanese to cause serious damage from a distance. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_balloon_bomb https://www.click2houston.com/weather/2019/11/18/balloon-bombs-over-texas-it-happened/ https://texasalmanac.com/topics/history/bombing-texas https://tmd.texas.gov/the-long-proud-history-of-the-texas-state-guard-balloon-bombs-in-wwii https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/8573 http://www.texasescapes.com/ClayCoppedge/Bombing-of-Desdemona.htm

The Life Size Wax Last Supper of Ft. Worth

The Christian Art Museum of Fort Worth today houses a giant model of the last supper behind a velvet rope. However, how it got to be there is a funny story. Resources: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/blog/ft-worth-last-supper-wax/ https://www.thedailymeal.com/entertain/texas-weird-facts-gallery/slide-17 https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55857-d4367946-Reviews-Christian_Art_Museum_of_Ft_Worth-Fort_Worth_Texas.html https://www.facebook.com/ChristianArtsMuseumFW/  

The Grave of the Chicken Fried Steak, Houston

At the Taste of Texas Restaurant in Houston, there is one item that is permanently off the menu; and, there’s the grave to prove it. Resources: https://www.tasteoftexas.com/ https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/61612#:~:text=Houston%2C%20Texas%3A%20Grave%20of%20Chicken,menu%20item’s%20final%20resting%20place. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lgc01 https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/07/12/rip-chicken-fried-steak-heres-where-to-find-this-unusual-tombstone-and-14-other-bizarre-houston-area-attractions/

William Henry Ellis- Texas Slave Turned Mexican Millionaire

William Henry Ellis aka Guillermo Enrique Eliseo may have been born poor in Victoria, Texas, but he ended his days wealthy in Mexico City. Resources: The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (Norton, 2016)  by Karl Jacoby https://www.tpr.org/post/fronteras-how-former-texas-slave-became-millionaire https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/ellis-william-henry-1864-1923/ https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-texas-slave-who-conned-everyone-as-a-mexican-millionaire https://deadline.com/2019/08/producer-phillip-rodriguez-acquires-rights-the-strange-career-of-william-ellis-1202701160/

Martyr’s Park, Dallas

Along the highway, under an overpass near where John F. Kennedy was assassinated is a small park often referred to as junk space. It may finally be getting the story of it’s history as a site of racial injustice told. Resources: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/architecture/2020/01/24/dallas-is-planning-a-lynching-memorial-it-should-think-bigger/ https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/06/if-dallas-hates-erasing-history-so-much-why-doesn-t-anyone-know-about-park-honoring-three-slaves-who-were-hanged/ http://www.dallasparks.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Martyrs-Park-580 https://billbetzen.blogspot.com/2017/10/dallas-martyrs-park-and-john-f-kennedy.html https://archinect.com/news/article/150181243/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-proposes-a-new-pedestrian-memorial-park-for-dallas Places you can support to fight racial injustice: ACLU…

The House on the Hill; or the Murder of the Norton Sisters

The death of two wealthy sisters in Llano, Texas initially didn’t set off any alarm bells. That was until a close friend was tied to an arsenic poisoning a few cities away. The Norton ranch stands to this day. Resources: Poison for Profit by Mac B. McKinnon Texas Monthly: Poisoned with Love https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/poisoned-with-love/?fbclid=IwAR1b2gH5bgW_t9r5MG2pv03B4TQo2GaFOMWKLRO6zDaswl5HJFDoICuUbi0 https://www.texastribune.org/library/data/texas-prisons/inmates/timothy-g-scoggin/1177168/ http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txllano/THE%20HOUSE%20ON%20THE%20HILL.htm…