The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 5
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to the present time. All that would be its history as a part of the
history of the country. We may learn from the laws and histories
of Texas that Texas has had several state capitols, but they fail to
inform us as to the reasons of its removal from one place to the
other, what conveniences were afforded at each, what important
,events occurred in each, and especially the long struggle in the ef-
fort to keep it at Austin, together with a specific account of the
steps taken for, and work performed in, the erection of the splen-
did granite capitol in which the State's offices are located, and the
Legislature is held. This would bring to view a connected account
of the subject from the early days of Texas, as a separate govern-
ment, to the present time. A most abundant amount of the mate-
rials of history could be developed by an account being given in
the same way, including the past reaching up to the present, of
cities, towns, and counties of Texas. That of San Antonio and
Biexar county would reach back into the last century, and the pro-
gress to its present large proportions would exhibit many remarka-
ble events peculiar to itself, and numerous acts and characters of
men, who have in various ways contributed to its growth and im-
portance, who are unknown in general history, as well as those who
are so known. The same in some degree may be said of Goliad
and Nacogdoches, and Laredo and Ysleta. An account of Galves-
ton, Velasco, Houston, San Augustine, Clarksville, and some other
places, would reach back to an early part of this century. An ac-
count of Corpus Christi, Gonzales, Bastrop, Austin, Crockett, Pal-
estine, Henderson, Marshall, Paris, Dallas, Sherman, and Fort
Worth, would reach back within the first half of this century.
Both before and after that time, numerous towns have been estab-
lished, the founding and progress of which, in the regions of coun-
try in which they are situated, would furnish much material for
In addition to these partially local sources of historic material,
there are many others, more general in their scope, that are avail-
able. Of such are waves of public sentiment that have passed over
the country and moved the people to action, such as Know-Noth-
ingism, Greenbackism, the Granger Lodges, the Alliances, the nu-
merous fraternities, the labor unions, the spirit of combination in
Whether they are permanent or ephemeral, the actions under
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898, periodical, 1897/1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/m1/15/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.