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Two Towns and Two Death Tales of Billy the Kid


Frontier Towns, Chapter 5: Fort Sumner, New Mexico and Hico, Texas Normally, I am skeptical of conspiracy theories. But, I also realize that history tends to be written by the victors. With that, the victors can and will tend to … Continue reading

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The Old West Personified in a Town’s Iconic Name


Frontier Towns, Chapter 2: Pecos, Texas Few names portray a better image of the Old West than “Pecos.” The Pecos River is the natural dividing line between central and western Texas, as to the west of this iconic river the … Continue reading

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The geography of Facebook data centers


Just this week, Facebook announced it would be building its fifth data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Hat’s off to Facebook, as the entire complex will contain 750,000 square feet in three buildings on 111 acres, will be 100% … Continue reading

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It’s a beach, not a litter box for plastic!


This disgusting and disgraceful view is what we were greeted with upon arriving at the beach of San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast 10 days ago.  The largely uninhabited island sits on the north side of the mouth … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of Texas and the Great Plains


With the exception of Texas, much of the Great Plains is often overlooked by the national media when citing hipster-cool city neighborhoods and districts. Similar to the Rust Belt, what is actually considered Great Plains is somewhat fluid, depending on whom you ask. For … Continue reading

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City names with three+ sets of side-by-side matching letters


Below are eleven cities in the United States whose names have three or more sets of matching letters located side-by-side. Interestingly, all are from the Southern United States. Nearly two-thirds of them (seven) come from Florida and Georgia and are a … Continue reading

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Railroad quiet zones – state leaders and laggards


At the end of this post are lists of the leading and lagging states, based on the number of railroad quiet zones that have been established. At the present time there are a total of 570 quiet zones designated in … Continue reading

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“It was like three midnights in a jug”


The memorable quote used for the title of this post came from a survivor of the Dust Bowl. Also referred to as the Dirty Thirties, this decade meant great economic and social hardship for many residents of the United States, but … Continue reading

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No need to mess with Texas, it’s already messed up


While driving today I saw one of those “Don’t mess with Texas” bumper stickers. I thought, why should we? Texans have already messed themselves up just fine without our help by electing ultra-conservative bozos. Texas ranks 51st in the nation … Continue reading

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Away down south in “Dioxin Dixie”


Well folks, here is yet another interesting factoid on why Texas should continue to be regarded as the bright and shining light of rampant, unfettered capitalism; the state is freaking aglow in hazardous wastes. Just keep it a secret and … Continue reading

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