The Imagined Arch

The War to End All Wars ended with the Armistice on 11 November 1918 inside a railway car in a glade of Compiègne, north of Paris. Far away in Fort Worth, Texas, Mary Pearl Hardy Trammell envisioned a triumphal and memorial arch with a keystone shaped like a panther, spanning and curving over Camp Bowie Boulevard. It would bear the name…

A Young Girl’s Speech Opened A School!

On the afternoon of Friday, November 19th, 1909, 10-year-old Annelle Chandler addressed a crowd of 300. Hers was the only speech given for the Arlington Heights Public School’s official opening.

Into History

From Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to seminal movies such as Easy Rider, Americans have always appreciated the symbolic importance of highways. Iconic roads such as Route 66 represent intrinsic traits of the American character: adventure, possibility, and the exhilaration of freedom. Texas’s Bankhead Highway stands alongside Route 66 as one of the preeminent early transcontinental highways.

A Blue Star Shone in the Cantonese Diaspora

Scattered over most of the world in the last four centuries, a portion of the Chinese people is separated – probably forever – from the mainland of China.  ...Accused of refusing to assimilate, the overseas Chinese in fact give vivid testimony to the resilience and adaptability of their old world institutions. In America as elsewhere, the Chinese attest to the…

Where the West Began… Guests Camped Free

Despite initial enthusiasm from both tourists and community boosters, the heyday of free municipal tourist camps was surprisingly short lived. By mid-decade, with thousands of low-priced cars on the market, everyone from office clerks to factory workers was now able to pack the family in a flivver and take to the open road . . .