Dive In: SCUBA in Texas!

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You may be planning your vacation to finish out the last weeks of summer (and you’ve probably already finished the Ultimate Swimming Holes Road Trip by now), so you’re wondering what to do next to keep cooled off. Well, this year you can skip the pricey tropical getaways because we’ve got you covered! All the sunshine, exotic sea life and crazy adventure you need is right here in this great state! Here is a list of just a few of our favorite SCUBA Spots across Texas to help you DIVE IN!

Athens SCUBA Park – Athens, TX

Just half a mile from the Athens, TX square, you’ll find a glimmering Mediterranean-blue lake full of sunken planes, boats, obstacles and more. It’s a great place for beginners because if you aren’t certified, Athens SCUBA Park can teach you and they will rent you the gear you need. CLICK HERE to watch our trip to Athens.

 

San Solomon Springs – Balmorhea, TX

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The San Solomon Springs in Balmorhea State Park is a spring-fed, clear-blue oasis in the middle of the desert, and at a constant 72-degrees, it’s just the right temperature to keep you cool. This is the perfect spot for divers and non-divers. If SCUBA isn’t your thing, you can splash near the surface on the shallow, concreted end, while SCUBA divers can explore the rocky depths and natural sea life (like the Comanche Springs Pupfish) on the deep end. Forget your SCUBA gear? The Toyahvale Desert Oasis shop across the street can rent you some. CLICK HERE to watch our episode in Balmorhea.

 

Valhalla Missile Silo – Abilene, TX

The Valhalla Missile Silo is one of the rarest (and most adventurous) places to dive in Texas. In the 1960′s, the silo housed an Atlas nuclear missile but today its concrete walls hold 120 ft of ground water that are ripe for exploration. At 58 degrees, it’s a cold (and not to mention dark) swim, but this Abilene SCUBA spot is a perfect way to dive deeper into the history of Texas. It’s only open to private groups, so call the Family Scuba Center in Midland to make reservations. CLICK HERE to watch our trip to Abilene.

Blue Lagoon – Huntsville, TX 

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Beneath the trees of Huntsville is a beautiful swimming hole with pure turquoise waters and sandy beaches that rival the shores of Cancun. At Blue Lagoon you can spend your afternoon diving to the depths or swim through sunken wooden ships. They even allow non-SCUBA divers in the waters, but the capacity is limited so call ahead. And if you aren’t a diver, they offer SCUBA lessons on the weekends and you can rent gear from them.  CLICK HERE to watch our trip to Huntsville.

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We are currently looking for our next intern for the FALL OF 2016.  Here are the criteria.

  • Must be enrolled in school and seeking credit for the internship
  • Must show interest in aspects of television production (filming, editing, writing, marketing, etc.)
  • Knowledge and/or experience with non-linear editing preferred (Premiere, Avid, FCPX)
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This is a PAID internship at $8/hour.  If you are attending one the following schools, apply through the links below. All others, please send your resume to tosha (at) hogaboomroad.com.

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Texas Loves America: 4th of July Celebrations

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We love Texas (because it’s the best state…) but we also love the good ol’ USA! We’ll never pass up a chance to celebrate America’s birthday and honor the veterans who bravely risked their lives for our freedom. So this weekend, grab your friends, family and lawn chairs and get ready to party at one of these 4th of July celebrations around Texas! This list isn’t comprehensive, but it will get your Independence Day party started!

 

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Picture by Roadway Productions.

Join the folks of Austin for their traditional 4th of July Celebration at Vic Mathias Shores on July 4. Local arts and crafts vendors will be set up at 4 p.m. and the Austin Symphony will perform starting at 8 p.m. Watch fireworks over Lady Bird Lake from 9:30-10 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/symphony-july-4th/.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – Granbury, TX

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The town of Granbury is having a weekend-long celebration for Independence Day staring at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 30th with a concert at Acton United Methodist Church. The festivities continue all day on Saturday and Sunday with events including arts & crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, car shows and multiple live performances.  On July 4, the party kicks off with a “Kiwanis Firecracker 5K” at 8 a.m. and a parade down Pearl Street at 10 a.m. There will be a fireworks show over Lake Granbury at 9:45 p.m. To view the full schedule of events, click here.

Freedom Over Texas - Houston, TX

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The city of Houston is having a huge extravaganza to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th from 4 – 10 p.m. Country music stars Darius Rucker and Eli Young Band will perform, and there will also be performances and games for children at the Walmart All American Kids Zone. In the evening, there will be a fireworks display. Tickets are $8 before the event and $10 at the gate. Find more information here.

Fort Worth’s Fourth – Fort Worth, TX

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Picture by Trinity River Vision Authority.

Enjoy floating the Trinity River while watching fireworks at Fort Worth’s Fourth on July 4, from 2-10 p.m. This festival boasts the largest fireworks show in North Texas. The event is free admission all day, and will feature live music from Gary P. Nunn and Party Machine. Throughout the day, there will be flyboard shows as well as an F-16 flyover. Tubes are provided for free on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration – San Antonio, TX

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The party starts early in San Antonio on July 4th. Head to Woodlawn Lake Park for a Zumbathon and 1K at 8 a.m. and a 5K at 8:30 a.m. The Carnival opens at 10 a.m. and a Children’s Red White and Blue Parade starts at 11 a.m.  After the Opening Ceremonies at noon, there will be live music, food and games all day. At 9:30 p.m. the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza starts. The entire event is free and you can find more information here.

 

26th Annual 4th on Broadway – Lubbock, TX

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Picture by Broadway Festivals, Inc.

This weekend is the 26th Annual 4th on Broadway @ Mackenzie so get ready to party. The festivities begin with the Lubbock Friday Art Trail on July 1 and La Raza on the Plaza on July 2nd featuring live performances. Then on July 3rd is a Texas Country Street Dance at the Lubbock County Courthouse Square from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.  Monday, July 4 is filled with events including a Parade at 9 a.m. and Picnic in the Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with live entertainment, hot dog eating contests, petting zoos and more! That evening watch a performance by the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock and the Fireworks Extravaganza.

Star Spangled Salute – Midland, TX

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Picture by Midland.

The city of Midland is hosting a free celebration at Hogan Park on July 4 with plenty of activities the whole family will enjoy! There will be a Children’s Parade at 10 a.m.. At 7 p.m., kids can enjoy bounce houses, face painting and more at the Fun Zone while parents can enjoy a cold one and live music at the Beer Garden. At 10 p.m., the Spectacular Fireworks display begins. Find more information at http://www.midlandtxchamber.com/events/star_spangled_salute.aspx.

 

Freedom Fest – Nacogdoches, TX

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Picture by Nacogdoches Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Celebrate Independence Day with the folks of Nacogdoches at a free festival from 5-9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Festival Park. There will be family friendly activities like a Hot Dog Eating Contest, the “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer-pitching contest, sack races and more! . The fireworks show will begin 30 minutes after dark. Find more information here.

 

“Coolest” 4th of July – Fort Davis, TX

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Head to Fort Davis to join this four-day Fourth of July celebration starting on July 1 with a performance by Tumbleweed Smith at 7 p.m. The festivities on July 2 include a Pancake Breakfast to honor Veterans at 7:30 a.m., a Pie Contest, a gunfight and more! The party continues on July 3 and 4 with street vendors, live performances, historical demonstrations and a fireworks show on Sunday evening. Find more information at http://fortdavis.com/2016-fourth-of-july.html.

 

88th Independence Day Annual Celebration – McAllen, TX

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Picture by City of McAllen.

McAllen is hosting their 88th annual Independence Day Celebration and you won’t want to miss it! The festivities begin on July 4 with a performance by the McAllen Town Band and Patriotic Program honoring veterans at 8 a.m., and then the Main Street Parade at 9 a.m. Throughout the day, the Freedom Festival will be set up with live performances, games and the Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Little Miss Fourth of July Pageant will take place from 1-4 p.m. and at 9 p.m., the Concert in the Sky Fireworks Extravaganza will begin. Find more information here.

 

Dia de Rudy’s: Houston Recap

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In case you missed it, a few weeks ago we did the unthinkable…we ate at ALL SIX Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q locations around Houston in one glorious (and crazy) day! To everyone who came out for “Dia de Rudy’s” in Houston on May 21, thanks for meating with us! We loved hanging out with y’all and eating all that delicious food!

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Mmm, there’s nothing like the smell of BBQ at 9 in the morning! We started the day at the Spring, TX location with breakfast tacos and met a bunch of awesome folks.

 

From there it was on to the Tomball, TX location for a nice brunch of spicy sausage.

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And not even bumper-to-bumper traffic could stop us from having a lunch of ribs at the Houston, TX location and a second lunch of chopped beef in Katy, TX.

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We met so many awesome folks and had an amazing turn out across the six locations. Some of the folks made pretty awesome signs, like this one we saw at the Webster, TX location.

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To end the day, we headed to the Richmond, TX location at 3:30 p.m. for an awesome dinner of prime rib and we watched the premiere of the Richmond episode.

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In addition to the awesome Rudy’s swag that we gave folks who won our Bingo challenge and the $50 Rudy’s gift cards we gave to everyone who made it to all six locations, we also gave out a BIG Grand Prize at the end of the day. Using the playing cards folks collected at each location, we played a game of 5-card stud for a $250 Rudy’s gift card. Congratulations to our winner Bryan, who won with a full house!

 

Shout out to the 19 of the folks that were brave (and crazy) enough to join us at ALL SIX LOCATIONS. If you ever need to know what to get at Rudy’s, ask these guys because they are now Rudy’s experts.

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We had such a blast that we can’t wait to do it again! Thank you so much for joining us on this meaty trek and thanks to Rudy’s for having us!

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BEHIND THE SCENES in TAYLOR, TX!

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Hey y’all, we are already filming for Season 8 of The Daytripper! We recently filmed an episode in Taylor, TX where we ate TONS of BBQ and met alot of awesome people! Watch the video below for a BEHIND-THE-SCENES look at our trip!

Wandering through Waco

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The town of Waco has been beckoning us to revisit for quite a while. True, we’ve been there before, but we never tire of the classic spots around town. As we’ve journeyed past Waco on Interstate 35 to other day trips, we’ve noticed two iconic silos far in the distance enticing us to take a peek. So, when we found ourselves with a free day, we decided to wander through Waco and see where our adventure led us.

Of course, our trip through town started the way everyone’s must: with a tour of the Dr Pepper Museum, set in the original 1891 bottling plant where Texas’s favorite soft drink was first bottled. Across the three floors of the museum are tons of facts and pictures that would turn anyone into a “Pepper.”

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Here’s a fun fact from the museum: In 1958 Dr Pepper was heated to 180 degrees and served with a lemon as “Hot Dr Pepper.” Who knew that accidentally leaving a DP in your car on a Texas summer day was once a specialty? Our favorite part was sipping a Dr Pepper float on bar stools at the old fashioned Frosty’s Soda Shop after our tour.

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As we left the museum, we noticed a line of cars headed down the street towards large silos in the distance that could only be Magnolia Market, a home decor store opened in 2014 by HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. Even though our stomachs were growling for lunch, we were too intrigued by the silos to heed them. Near the market grounds, the traffic was gridlocked as people parked on either side of the street for blocks. We finally found the free (and hard to find) parking lot by following the gravel driveway on the left of the market to a lot in the back.

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We entered Magnolia Market and realized that this was so much more than a store. The famed home decor shop is in a warehouse to the right of the entrance. However, below the towering silos is a luscious green field set up with free lawn games for children, a colorful garden rests on the back acre of the property and all around the site are picnic tables — and this is where we spent most of our time.

As our need for food grew unbearable, we followed the mouth-watering smells wafting from the back of the property where food trucks were lined up along the fence and hungry wanderers gathered for a bite to eat.

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There was no shortage of choices; the food trucks ranged from sweet and savory crepes to handmade biscuit sandwiches. We opted for The Cheddar Box (because gourmet grilled cheese is always the answer) and it was heavenly. We feasted on the “Sweet Granny,” a grilled cheese with apples, honey, cream cheese and cinnamon on sweet potato bread as we enjoyed the sunshine at a picnic table.

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After gorging ourselves on grilled cheese and taking in all the sun we could handle, it was time to hit up another Waco classic on our way out of town: The Waco Suspension Bridge. This architectural beauty has been around since 1870 and was actually the world’s longest single-pass suspension bridge when it was built. It used to provide wagons with a way to cross the Brazos River, but now it’s a pedestrian bridge providing photographers with inspiration and tourists with a place to take in Downtown Waco. And that’s exactly what we did.

Though we just skimmed the surface, our impromptu trip through Waco reminded us of the wanders awaiting in this timeless town. From laying out in the lush green fields at Magnolia Market to enjoying a frosty Dr Pepper in an old fashioned soda shop, there is tons to do in Waco and it definitely needs to be on your summer trippin’ list.

History Awaits at Chestnut Square

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Last week, we traveled to McKinney and we discovered a treasure trove of history right off the Square in the heart of town at Chestnut Square Historic Village — a wonderland for those who long to discover stories of the past.

Chestnut Square began in 1973 when, much to her dismay, McKinney resident Joan Palmer Hughston learned that the beautiful homes that held the history of her beloved town were being demolished. So Joan and a small group of women (the first members of the Heritage Guild of Collin County) started gathering up historic homes from around town to save them from ruin. Soon enough, this collection of 2 or 3 houses grew into an assortment of 8 homes and buildings each with unique architecture and each with a story just waiting to be told.

chestnut_Square The buildings on this Square are originally from McKinney and were moved to their current locations to form the ultimate real-life museum showcasing life from 1854-1918. The tour is rich in hands-on opportunities and stories about a simpler time, but perhaps harder life, in Texas.

We started our tour at Faires House which is proudly known at Chestnut Square as “The Oldest Standing House in McKinney” dating back to 1854. And though this little white cabin looks diminutive by today’s standards, it was a mansion in its time. Fun fact: The front door was carved by the original owner Mr. John Faires, who was a blacksmith!

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As we stepped inside this house we were transported to the olden days when cotton was the main industry in McKinney and everything was made by hand. Inside the house is a spindle and wheel and a loom that are used in demonstrations to show visitors how cotton was woven back when McKinney was “the Largest Cotton City West of the Mississippi.”

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We next arrived at the only replica (and possibly one of the coolest buildings) on the Square, the J.B. Wilmeth Schoolhouse. The tour guide told us It was modeled after a schoolhouse opened in 1892 by J.B. Wilmeth, who first taught classes solely for his 13 kids (holy-moly that’s alot!) and then opened it up for free to all children in McKinney.

Outside it looks like a shabby white cabin, but once inside you’ll forget it’s a replica and almost expect Mr. Wilmeth and his students to burst back in the door from lunch and continue their lesson where they last left off. IMG_9363_editAnd if anyone in your tour is acting up, there’s a solution for that. Just give them some time in the corner with the “DUNCE” hat and they’ll straighten right up! Luckily that didn’t happen to any of us…

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We were shocked to find out that this tiny red house was once the “Two-Bit Taylor” Inn, providing shut-eye and a hot meal for traveling salesmen in 1863. The Taylor family lived in the bottom and guests were hosted upstairs.

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For a mere 25 cents (which is actually the equivalent to $200 today) guests shared the attic-like room upstairs with as many men the Taylor’s could fit. The guests helped with chores and washed their own laundry in exchange for a home-cooked meal. Five-star service sure has come a long way since then…

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We toured one of the first homes on Chestnut Square, Dulaney Cottage, which was built in 1870. The first owner Dr. Joseph Dulaney was a surgeon in the Civil War and his quaint green house was the epitome of opulence in his day. Luxurious details like the glamorous dining room with marble top furniture expresses his wealthy living.

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By far, our favorite house on Chestnut Square was the light blue and very elegant Johnson House. This home is just as luxurious inside as it is outside. Built in 1870, the house remains in its original spot on Chestnut Square where Captain Johnson and his 13 children once lived.

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The tour guide informed us that the furniture inside Johnson House is originally from Tuck Hill a few blocks away, which belonged to Jesse James’s cousin and is rumored to have been a hideout for the notorious criminal and his pals. It’s so crazy how fascinating stories exist all over this city!

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Another fun stop on our tour was the Brimer-Anderson Grocery store that was built in 1918 and moved to the Square in 1994. It was fondly called “Dixie’s Store” by its customers after Brimer’s granddaughter Dixie who used to pass out goodies to children that visited the store.

DixieThe front of the store still sells goods like it used to, except now instead of groceries you’ll find Chestnut Square souvenirs and hand-made crafts. In the back of the store is a museum showcasing items from the store’s past and even an antique cash register.

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On our journey through Chestnut Square’s Historic Village, we found that around every corner and within every building in McKinney is a story of the past. Chestnut Square is a place where visitors can step back in time and experience this history for themselves.

“Dia de Rudy’s” in Houston, May 21

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Who’s ready for SIX delicious Bar-B-Q meals in ONE day?  Well, that’s gonna happen on Saturday, May 21 as we eat our way through Houston at every Rudy’s location.  It’s a meaty job but someone’s gotta do it and I’d love for you to join us!  We’ll start the day at the Spring, TX location for breakfast tacos and end it with BBQ and the premiere of the new Richmond episode at the Richmond, TX location. If you can’t make it to all of them, join me at one or more.  But you should know, there’ll be awesome prizes for anyone who can make it to all 6.

TIMES AND RUDY’S LOCATIONS

9:00 a.m. – Spring, TX location (20806 Interstate 45) How about some breakfast tacos to start the day?

10:00 a.m. – Tomball, TX location (24503 Tomball Parkway) Who doesn’t love a brunch of ribs and sausage?

11:00 a.m. – Houston, TX location (14620 Northwest Freeway). Time for a lunch of brisket by the pound.

12:00 p.m. – Katy, TX location (21799 Katy Freeway) Yum! A second lunch of, well, everything.

1:30 p.m. – Webster, TX location (21361 Gulf Freeway) We just love an afternoon snack of pork loin and pulled pork.

3:00 p.m. – Richmond, TX location (20500 SW Freeway)  We’ll have an afternoon dinner and the premiere of the new Richmond episode!

Of course, eating TONS of BBQ in one day will be awesome, but the fun doesn’t stop there! At each location, we will be handing out a playing card and at the end of the day, all card-holders will play a game of 5-card stud for the chance to win a $250 Rudy’s gift card.

Throughout the day, participants will be given a BINGO card to play on for an all-day contest. Winners will receive awesome Rudy’s swag.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Each participant that completes the challenge of eating at all 6 locations on May 21 will win a $50 gift card to Rudy’s!

So join us for a day of fantastic BBQ, fun games and sweet prizes!

Cinco de Mayo…a Texan saves the day

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Grab a margarita and sit back, because here’s a history lesson on the Mexican holiday “Cinco de Mayo.”  Psst… it’s more Texan than you think.

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Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, TX

First of all, let’s clear up the misconception that this is Mexico’s Independence Day….it’s NOT!  All this time, you’ve been throwing fiestas thinking you were celebrating “Dia de la Independencia,” but that’s on September 16. “Cinco de Mayo” actually honors the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when the Mexican Army was led to victory by, none other than, a native-born Texan.

But our story begins years before that in the town of Goliad, TX near Presidio La Bahia, where the Goliad Massacre took place. Outside the walls of this historic Spanish fort (in Texas, I repeat!), General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza, the hero of “Cinco de Mayo,” was born in 1829.  His childhood home is now the reconstructed Zaragoza House.

A smart, young nino - Zaragoza joined the military and moved to Matamoros, Mexico before the Texas Revolution and fought in one of Mexico’s most important battles — The Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. You see, Mexico was in major debt coming off a civil war in 1860, so the president called a two-year halt on paying back debts to France, Spain and Britain. The three countries decided to attack the small, war-torn Mexico hoping to take control, but Spain and Britain withdrew after seeing how determined and well-equipped the mighty French Army was.

“Batalla del 5 de mayo de 1862″ portrays the battlefield at Puebla.

Napoleon III (nephew of the Napoleon you’ve heard of) sent 6,000 French troops to Mexico, hoping to not only receive debt payments but also to invade the country and rule it. Mexican General Zaragoza (our fellow Texan) heard they were coming to Puebla, so he gathered up all the men he could and formed a little army to defend the city. It seemed like suicide for such a small group of men to stand against such a powerful legion of French troops twice its size.

The Battle of Puebla lasted the entire day of May 5.  In the end Zaragoza and his skilled soldiers defended the city and won the battle, killing over 400 French men and losing only 86 of their own.  Zaragoza became a national hero!

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The Zaragoza Statue in Goliad, TX

Well, the story doesn’t go well from there. Zaragoza died of fever and France went on to capture Mexico City and win the war.  However, the bravery of that little battalion of men and their leader proved that Mexico was not to be messed with and ignited hope in the hearts of the Mexican nation. They eventually won their independence back from France in 1867.

To show their appreciation to Zaragoza and his Texas roots, the citizens of Puebla, Mexico dedicated a statue of the General in Goliad, TX, his birth place. So today, when you’re toasting your margaritas and eating your tacos, take a moment to appreciate the bravery and courage this day represents.  And it’s all because of a Texan you’ve likely never heard about.  Viva Tejas!