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W.F. Strong narrates his stories for Texas Co-op Power and Texas Standard

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Check this page every month for the latest audio from W.F. Strong’s reading of his Footnotes in Texas History column, which also can be heard on the Texas Standard radio program.

 

Her Majesty’s Visit

Queen Elizabeth II’s 1991 trip to Texas was a momentous occasion. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

Joined by a Fence

How rural America turned barbed wire into telephone lines. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

Proving Ground

Future presidents crossed the Wild Horse Desert together on a military mission. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

France’s Beef? Pigs

Ill-mannered hogs ruin France’s attempt at a relationship with the newly independent Texas. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

The Hero of Cinco de Mayo

A Texan named Zaragoza led the battle against the French in Mexico. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

He Gave Us the Stars

An eccentric banker funded the McDonald Observatory against family wishes. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

Toeing the Line

How a Washington connection helped Texas keep a 900-square-mile slice of New Mexico. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

A Name That Sticks

Falfurrias—the butter and the town—emerged from South Texas’ King Ranch. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.

 

The Scariest Bridge in Texas

The steep Rainbow Bridge connecting Port Arthur and Orange is a nightmare for some. Read the story here, and find more of W.F.’s Stories From Texas at Texas Standard.