February 14th: Today in Texas History #txhx

1729 – Marqués de Aguayo proposed to the King of Spain that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands, Galicia, or Havana to populate the province of Texas. Some fifteen families from the Canary Islands arrived at Presidio San Antonio de Béxar on March 9, 1731. The immigrants formed the nucleus of the Villa of San Fernando de Béxar, the first regularly organized civil government in Texas.

1854 – The Texas and Red River Company opened its first telegraph office in Marshall. The company was the first to be chartered in Texas (on January 5).

1882 – The town of Valentine, Texas, was founded and named when a Southern Pacific Railroad crew building east from El Paso reached the site. Valentine, in Jeff Davis County, is thirty-six miles west of Fort Davis.

Happy Valentines Day y’all!

“Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas.” Senator William Blakley

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