What happened today in Texas history? October 10 | Arts & Culture
More good Texas history for you today; this time we have Elvis in Texas, the beginnings of a 115-year-old revival meeting, and a bloody battle...over salt.
First, The Texas State Historical Association shares this story of what happened on this day in 1877:
On this day in 1877, Charles H. Howard shot and killed Louis Cardis in a store in El Paso. The killing was merely the latest, though hardly the last, violent episode in a long dispute known as the Salt War of San Elizario. The trouble began in 1866 when a group of prominent El Paso Republicans, including Cardis, W. W. Mills, and Albert J. Fountain, sought to acquire title to the salt deposits at the foot of Guadalupe Peak, 100 miles east of the city, and to begin charging fees of the local Mexican Americans, who had for years collected salt there free of charge. The so-called Salt Ring fell apart in 1868, but the plan persisted, and in 1872 Cardis allied himself with Howard, a transplanted Missouri lawyer and a Democrat. After Howard became district judge in 1874, however, he and Cardis had a falling-out of their own. Howard filed on the salt lakes in the name of his father-in-law and set off a riot in September 1877 by arresting two men who had threatened to go for salt. After being held for three days by a mob at San Elizario, Howard agreed to give up his claim and leave the country, but sought out and killed Cardis instead. Read the rest of the story here.
On this day in 1890, a group of 43 people gathered for the first Bloys Camp Meeting in Skillman's Grove under a brush arbor. The meeting was a revival meeting in the Davis Mountains, sixteen miles southwest of Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County. Missionary William Benjamin Bloys instituted the meetings so that he could minister to ranchers' families from far and wide at one time. The annual interdenominational meeting is still going strong to this day, the Bloys family is stll very involved, and you can view their website here. The meeting is five days long, usually from the second Tuesday in Augus to the following Sunday. They progressed from the brush arbor to a canvas tent, and finally to a permanent tabernacle building, still used today.
On this day in 1940, a flight training program designed to prepare young men for WWII began at Denton Field in North Texas.
And on this day in 1955, Elvis Presley performed at the old Memorial Hall in Brownwood. The show was sponsored by the Brownwood Volunteer Fire Department. I'm sure those Texas girls were the prettiest young Elvis had ever seen! The Memorial Hall burned down in 1960, and a coliseum was built there afterward.
Today's Texas quote: "I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You're either on one side of the line or the other. I don't want to ever leave Texas again." Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips
Today's Texas music: Elvis Presley - The Yellow Rose of Texas (The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You)
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