[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
[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
[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
[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
[Pampa, Texas: A Ranching and Industrial City]

[Pampa, Texas: A Ranching and Industrial City]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Pampa, Texas. At a ranch, cowboys drive cattle to branding. Visitors to the White Deer Land Museum look at period furniture, wagon parts, and arrowheads. At a military museum, a United States Army helicopter and an airplane are displayed outside. Indoors, a guide shows Nazi military knives, a P38 pistol, and other weapons to a visiting man and boy. An outdoor sculpture of a musical staff displays the opening measures of Woody Guthrie's song "This Land is Your Land". The film’s various other shots of Pampa sites and inhabitants include: the Gray County Court House, Pampa Chamber of Commerce, Pampa Fire Department, Clarendon College, National Oilwell factory, Celanese factory, Cabot Corporation plant, men performing various tasks on heavy industrial machinery, men repainting the Harris Drugs storefront, and a colony of black-tailed prairie dog clans.
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[McAllen, Texas: Rio Grande River and Reynosa, Mexico]

[McAllen, Texas: Rio Grande River and Reynosa, Mexico]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in McAllen, Texas. The first segment of the film includes Tony Roma’s restaurant of McAllen, a couple being filmed inside, and an interview with its General Manager and CEO, Richard D. Guerra. Guerra describes McAllen as the “home of the Texas Ruby Red grapefruit” and “square dancing capital of the world”. During the interview with Guerra, an off-camera female crew member says that she is shooting footage for “Discover America” and mentions the show’s producer. Throughout the footage in this film, the crew talks casually off-camera while filming panoramas of the city and its town square. The next segment of the video follows a group of senior citizens visiting sites near the Mexican border. They walk through an open air market, they approach border crossing to Reynosa, Mexico, they watch orioles and other birds at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park of the Texas Park and Wildlife Department, and then they leave the park in an RV. Next, a female crewmember appears on camera and poses as a visitor to a mission, as the crew film shots of the mission interior and grounds. The film ends at the Rio ...
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[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.
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[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.
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[Mexia, Texas: Confederate Reunion Grounds and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker]

[Mexia, Texas: Confederate Reunion Grounds and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Mexia, Texas. The film covers: the the Confederate Reunion Grounds, now a Texas Historical Landmark; recreational activity on the Navasota River; and the legend of Quanah Parker. The first segment of video shows the Confederate Reunion Grounds, which were established in 1889. Tom Fisher, who is the Park Manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park and the Park Manager of Fort Parker State Historical Park, explains the historical reenactments and mock Civil War battles that are held at the Reunion Grounds. The Historical Marker, cannon, pavilion, and Miss Mamie Kennedy's 1914 Confederate Flirtation Walk trail are shown. In the next segment of the video, people fish, use paddleboats, motorboats, and innertubes on the Navasota River. There are intermittent scenes of oil pumpjacks and barrel-racing horseback riders. The last section of the film shows Fort Parker, black and white photographs of the town of Mexia, and an interview with Jan Harrison, who explains the legend of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.
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