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 Collection: Texas Historical Television Footage
[Abilene, Texas: Downtown Abilene and the Ranch Rodeo]

[Abilene, Texas: Downtown Abilene and the Ranch Rodeo]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Abilene, Texas. The footage includes a female television host addressing the camera in multiple takes of narration, as well as audio of the camera crew. Includes the following scenes: cowboy boots, boot making, and repeated takes of television host speaking in front of James Leddy Boot Shop; exterior of the Grace Cultural Center; exterior and interior of the Paramount Theatre; cowboys roping cattle at the Ranch Rodeo; campfire songs; outdoor cooking; and the camera crew recording voice-overs in a hotel room.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Abilene, Texas: West Texas Fair and James Leddy Boots]

[Abilene, Texas: West Texas Fair and James Leddy Boots]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Abilene, Texas. The footage includes a female television host addressing the camera in multiple takes of narration, as well as audio of the camera crew. Events and sites covered are: the West Texas Fair’s Rodeo Parade; dancing; and the news anchor getting fitted with boots from a local boot maker named James Leddy.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Addison, Texas: Addison Businesses and the Dallas West End Marketplace and Galleria]

[Addison, Texas: Addison Businesses and the Dallas West End Marketplace and Galleria]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Addison, Dallas, and Farmer's Branch, Texas. Footage from Addison includes: an interview with Mayor Richard Beckert; shots of businesses, including restaurants, department stores, and hotels within the city; and Celestial Park. Footage from Dallas includes: musical performances, crowds, and businesses at the old West End Marketplace; Six Flags Over Texas amusement park; Interstate 35-E, and figure skaters in the ice skating rink at the Galleria shopping center. Footage from Farmer’s Branch shows: an interview with Mayor Dave Blair; women meeting at a tea room; and the Historic Park Depot.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Addison, Texas: Addison Center Theatre and Farmer's Branch Folk Festival]

[Addison, Texas: Addison Center Theatre and Farmer's Branch Folk Festival]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in the cities of Addison, Dallas, and Farmer's Branch in Dallas County, Texas. Footage from Addison includes: shots of hotels, restaurants, and businesses within the city; Noell Service and Supply Co. Cotton Gin and Feed Mill; Celestial Park; and the modern architecture of Addison Center Theatre. Footage from Dallas includes: musical performances, crowds, and businesses at the West End Marketplace; Six Flags Over Texas amusement park; Interstate 35-E; ice skaters at the ice skating rink at the Galleria shopping center; and shops within the Galleria. Footage from Farmer’s Branch captures the Farmer’s Branch Folk Festival with: songs and musical performances; historical reenactments of tradesmen and the 9th Texas Inf. Co. F Southern Volunteers of the Civil War; old method of loading firearms; and outdoor cooking.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Alpine, Texas: Cowboy Poetry in the High Desert]

[Alpine, Texas: Cowboy Poetry in the High Desert]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Alpine, Texas. The footage covers: high desert and mountainous landscapes; interviews with locals about their trades, such as cowboy poetry and agate artistry; sites of cultural interest, such as downtown Alpine, Big Bend National Park and Museum, McDonald Observatory and an art fair; and music and dancing in a local bar.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Brownsville, Texas: Gladys Porter Zoo, the Battle of Palo Alto, and South Padre Island]

[Brownsville, Texas: Gladys Porter Zoo, the Battle of Palo Alto, and South Padre Island]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Brownsville, Texas. The video begins in Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, where the camera crew films: lemurs, lions, giraffes, antelopes, tortoises, chimpanzees, monkeys, hummingbirds, gorillas, a Texas Sable Palm jungle, and flamingos. The zoo's Deputy Director Zoologist, Pat Birchfield, and the Sanctuary Manager, Rose Farmer, discuss wildlife in the region. Next, Heritage Historian Walter Plitt lists and describes various sites of historical importance in the Brownsville area, including the Battlefield of Palo Alto, where his interview takes place. He discusses the battle which took place there--the first of the Mexican-American War--and the strategic movements of the Mexican Army, led by Gen. Mariano Arista, and the U.S. Army, led by Gen. Zachary Taylor, during the course of the battle. The video ends on South Padre Island, and this last segment of video shows the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, Port Isabel lighthouse, and the resort and market activity of the city of South Padre Island. Other footage in the video includes Brownsville Museum and the Southern Lines Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot building.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Bryan and College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University and George Bush Library]

[Bryan and College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University and George Bush Library]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in College Station, TX and the nearby Bryan, TX. There are interviews, scenes, and consultation with local people. The film's opening shots show Texas A & M University's Stark Gallery and Kyle Field, a historical collection of firearms, the George Bush Library, and a golf course. The President CEO of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, Royce Hickman, explains how the city of College Station got its name and where the term 'aggies' comes from, in relation to Texas A & M University. The next scenes cover: a local artist signing art pieces; the Carnegie Public Library; the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History; and the vineyards and restaurant of Messina Hof Winery and Resort.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Corpus Christi, Texas: Home of the Reconstructed Colombus Fleet and the USS Lexington Carrier]

[Corpus Christi, Texas: Home of the Reconstructed Colombus Fleet and the USS Lexington Carrier]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Corpus Christi, Texas. A short, edited news segment is included at the end of the video. In the first segment, the Boy Scouts of America recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the deck of the USS Lexington carrier. Fishermen on fishing boats show their catches of squid and shrimp. Keith Arnold, the President CEO at the Corpus Christi area Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB), talks about major attractions of the area. The Texas State Aquarium, Art Museum of South Texas, and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History are shown. The camera crew films two tour guides aboard the Columbus Fleet who explain the ships and life at sea to visitors. The crew films a pelican catching and eating a fish. The last segment of this film is a news clip, narrated by a newscaster for 3 KWTV Corpus Christi Eye Witness News--in this clip, the USS Lexington cooperates with the Corpus Christi ISD for a science program called 'Science Aboard Ship'.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Corpus Christi, Texas: Tourists Onboard the USS Lexington Carrier]

[Corpus Christi, Texas: Tourists Onboard the USS Lexington Carrier]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Corpus Christi, Texas. The majority of the film is made up of shots of the interior rooms, controls, and exterior flight deck of the USS Lexington (CV-16) aircraft carrier, a World War II warship belonging to the United States Navy. John Bowen, the Operations Officer of Torpedo Squadron in 1943, explains military life onboard the Lexington. Jerry Chipman, the ship's Executive Director at the time of filming, discusses the ship's history. Families and other people in groups tour the ship's control rooms and berths freely, and tour guides explain the helm, ship's log, aircraft, and machinery. Another segment of the video shows groups of people with pet dogs. Throughout the video there are also intermittent shots of the beach, seagulls, swimmers, tourists, a ferry, and the Texas State Aquarium.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Grand Prairie, Texas: Watersports, Horseracing, and Flea Market]

[Grand Prairie, Texas: Watersports, Horseracing, and Flea Market]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Grand Prairie, Texas. In the film, a group of men play golf, and then they are asked by the crew filming them to discuss the game over sandwiches. Groups of people play recreational watersports at Joe Pool Lake, including: parasailing, fishing, boating on PWCs (personal watercraft), motorboats, and fishing boats. The next scenes cover Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, horseracing at Lone Star Park, and the flea market at Traders Village. Other notable images include a wild skunk on the golf course and the freeway near the Belt Line Rd. exit.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
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