Bryson, TX, may be a small town in northwest Texas, but its surrounding areas have been the site of many significant historical events over the years. Here are seven of them:
1. The Battle of Stone Houses: The battle took place in 1837 at a site near Bryson now marked by a historical marker. It was a skirmish between a group of Republic of Texas soldiers and a group of Comanche warriors.
2. The Butterfield Overland Mail Route: The overland mail route, which operated from 1858 to 1861, passed through Bryson on its way from St. Louis, MO to San Francisco, CA. It was the first transcontinental mail service in the United States.
3. The Great Western Trail: The trail was a north-south cattle trail that passed through Bryson in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was used to transport cattle from Texas to markets in Kansas and Nebraska.
4. The Chisholm Trail: Like the Great Western Trail, the Chisholm Trail was a cattle trail that passed through Bryson. It operated in the late 1800s and was used to transport cattle from Texas to Kansas.
5. The Civilian Conservation Corps: In the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was located near Bryson. The CCC was a program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide employment for young men during the Great Depression. The Bryson camp was involved in reforestation and erosion control projects.
6. The Camp Howze Training Center: During World War II, Camp Howze was a major training center for soldiers. It was located near Gainesville, TX, which is about 60 miles southeast of Bryson. Many soldiers who trained at the camp were deployed to fight in Europe.
7. The Tornado of 1905: On May 12, 1905, a tornado struck the town of Bryson, killing 15 people and destroying many buildings. It was one of the deadliest tornadoes in Texas history.
These events, along with many others, have contributed to the rich history of the Bryson area. Today, visitors to the town and its surroundings can learn about these and other historical events by visiting museums, historical markers, and other sites of interest.
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