February 17: Today in Texas History #txhx

1867 – Jessie Andrews was born. She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Texas in 1886. She was also the school’s first female teacher in 1888.

1913 – The Comstock caught fire off the mouth of the Brazos River. The hydraulic hopper dredge was built for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1895 and named for Cyrus B. Comstock, a prominent nineteenth-century corps of engineers officer. The crew was quickly rescued by fishermen from Quintana and the life-saving crew from Surfside, but the Comstock was a total loss. The wreck was relocated during jetty construction in June 1987 and investigated and identified in 1988. The artifacts are in a collection at Corpus Christi Museum.

1929 – The League of United Latin American Citizens, originally called the United Latin American Citizens, was founded at Salón Obreros y Obreras in Corpus Christi, Texas. LULAC is the oldest and largest continually active Latino political association in the United States and was the first nationwide Mexican-American civil-rights organization.

1930 – El Paso Museum of Art was chartered under its original name, El Paso International Museum. Since 1959 the museum has been operated under the authority of the city of El Paso, along with a history museum and a wilderness park. The art museum features the Kress collection of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque works, a collection of Pre-Columbian and Mexican art, and a “Sensorium” for blind patrons.

“I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world.” Choreographer (and Wichita Falls native) Tommy Tune

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