Ep. 20: Island Time: San Jose, Mustang and Matagorda

In the middle of a hot Texas summer, let’s head for the beach!  San Jose Island is bordered by Matagorda to the north and Mustang to the south.  Texas barrier islands all have their unique stories and San Jose is no different.  It has seen explorers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and soldiers.  These islands together hold the last of an endangered species as well as the first private space flight.  Learn how San Jose island, and its neighbors, played an important role in U.S. political history.


FDR tours San Jose Island
roosevetl fishing
FDR fishing near Port Aransas
The presidential yacht USS Potomac
LBJ meets FDR

Ep. 19: Cowboy Christmas: Rodeo in Texas

Merry Christmas…that’s Cowboy Christmas of course.  July 4 is called Cowboy Christmas because of all the great rodeos held around the 4th of July holiday.  In this episode we take a look at the history of rodeo going all the way back to the 16th century.  Learn how the modern sport of rodeo evolved from old Mexico to modern day Texas.  It all seemed to happen on and around July 4!  Saddle up and hang on for a great ride through Texas history and learn about the surprise 1843 rodeo that led to an indian peace treaty!

Striking rodeo cowboys at Boston Garden
charro rope trick
Florear de la reata
hays 1844
Jack Hays in 1844, when he organized the comanche rodeo in San Antonio
jaripeo gone wrong
Jaripeo gone very wrong!
Prescott rodeo bronc ride
pulling bull tail
Charro pulling a bull’s tail