Ep. 65: Welcome to Progress City! (It’s around here somewhere…)

 The late 19th century saw Texas industry expanding west.  The railroads were laid and towns were springing up everywhere.  That quintessential Texas opportunity was knocking once again. One railroad entrepreneur gave one aspiring town builder the idea to layout a new town near the Big Bend called…what else…Progress City.  He surveyed, he platted, and he sold.  He sold thousands of lots.  Deeds were filed and taxes were charged and paid.  The problem was…it never existed.  Hear the story of Progress City in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.  

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3 comments on “Ep. 65: Welcome to Progress City! (It’s around here somewhere…)

  1. Evan Patrick Reese says:

    I enjoyed this episode a great deal! I’ve listened to the entirety of the podcast up to this point, and I look forward to the next episodes!

    I wanted to comment on Stillwell’s comment about Brownie’s giving him inspiration. I imagine he was referring to creatures related to, but distinct from, fairies. Brownie was a term for such spirits in Southern Scotland and Northern England. They were called Bwbach in Wales, Silkie’s in Ireland, and Hobs in parts of England. They were regarded as helpful household spirits that will help their human neighbors as long as they are appeased and treated with respect.



    1. Ken Wise says:

      That’s very interesting and I had not heard that! Thank you very much for this information.

      1. Evan Patrick Reese says:

        Hope it helps. Looking forward to the next episode!

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