Ep 27: The Texas Prison Rodeo

For over 50 years, Texans gathered at the Walls Unit in Huntsville Texas to watch the toughest convicts compete in the Texas Prison Rodeo.  The rodeo was a fixture of Texas Octobers until budgets and changing times brought an end to the roughest rodeo around.  In this episode, you’ll relive those days and hear the story of the Texas Prison Rodeo.

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Ep. 26: Texas Takes Flight

The first man to fly a powered aircraft was a Texan named Jacob Brodbeck.  History credits the Wright brothers but it’s time to correct the record!  Learn about German immigration, a fascinating Texan, and the first airplane flight in this episode of Wise About Texas.

Painting of Jacob Brodbeck's 1865 flight (photo: Cibolo Nature Center)
Painting of Jacob Brodbeck’s 1865 flight (photo: Cibolo Nature Center)

 

Jacob Brodbeck, the first pilot.
Jacob Brodbeck, the first pilot.
Jacob Bordbeck's grave
Jacob Bordbeck’s grave
Indianola, Texas street scene
Indianola, Texas street scene
An aerial view of the Herff farm where Brodbeck flew (photo Cibolo Nature Center)
An aerial view of the Herff farm where Brodbeck flew (photo Cibolo Nature Center)