Saving Austin’s History

May 3, 2014 ·

Saving Austin’s History

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History Detectives Special Investigations

Last year I had the pleasure of working with the staff from PBS's History Detectives for the upcoming History Detectives Special Investigations: Texas Servant Girl Murders.  The cast and crew came to Austin last summer; they did a number of…
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Mothers and Sons

Unidentified albumen print. One morning before dawn in the summer of 1883, a strange persistent cry echoed through a west Austin neighborhood and caught the attention of two women, Sophia Phillips and Sallie Mack, both of whom lived nearby. They…
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Book review

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The Great Bat Slaughter of 1885

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Robinson Residence. Scene of West Austin Crime Spree. May 1, 1885

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Weed House 4th Street: from Victorian Gothic to Colonial Revival to parking lot.

The residence of Valentine O. Weed (300 E. 4th Street), location of the murder of Mary Ramey. Earliest photo circa 1900, later re-modeled in the colonial revival style circa 1940, and finally demolished, as a parking lot 1997. PICH 00103…
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