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Old 04-21-2019, 12:44 AM
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Corpus Christi was renamed after the bay it circles in 1847.

The bay was named as such by Spanish Conquistador Alonso de Pineda since he first visited it on the day of the feast of Corpus Christi in 1519.

It was originally named Kinney's Trading Post or Kinney's Ranch after Henry Kinney who established a "trading post" in 1839. He was "trading" weapons and supplies to a Mexican federalist army then revolting from Mexico and camped some 30 miles west of the city. Yep gun running.

After a failed state fair in Corpus Christi Kinney skipped town due to debts and went to New York and gathered men and money to filibuster in Nicaragua where his revolt failed. He moved back to Texas got himself elected to the legislature where he opposed secession. He left his seat and moved to Mexico where he was killed in a gun fight in 1862.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:35 AM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Originally Posted by Saintmarks View Post
I heard this locally but cannot find any information to back it up. Anyone who can verify this, please help.

The three towns going north of my city of McKinney, all along the old rail line from Dallas to Sherman are Melissa, Anna and Van Alstyne.

I was told by a local that the town of Van Alstyne was named for a railroad man who developed said rail line and that the next two stations which spawned the other two towns were named for his daughters Melissa and Anna. Anyone have any verification of this? I find this very interesting.
The settlement was probably named either for the daughter of George A. Quinlan, an official of the railroad, or for the daughter of C. P. Huntington, a prominent railroad executive.

Some sources suggest that the community was named after Greer's daughter. Others report that the town was named in honor of Anna Quinlan, daughter of George A. Quinlan, former superintendent of the Houston and Texas Central. Still another story suggests that Anna Quinlan was the wife of George Quinlan and the daughter of J. L. Greer. Finally, another story attributes the name to Anna Huntington, daughter of C. P. Huntington, who built the Dallas-Denison railroad line.

Van Alstyne:
When the Houston and Texas Central Railway bypassed Mantua in 1872, many of that community's residents purchased land from the railroad company and laid out a townsite. They named the new community after either William A. Van Alstyne, a civil engineer with the railroad who surveyed the right-of-way and the townsite, or Mrs. Marie Van Alstyne, a shareholder in the railroad company.

Vega, TX. Its name is Spanish for "plain" or "meadow."

Borger, TX. Named for A. P. (Ace) Borger, who was reputed throughout Oklahoma and Texas to be a shrewd town promoter.

Langtry, at first called Eagle Nest, was renamed in honor of George Langtry, an engineer and foreman who had supervised a Chinese work crew building the railroad. Only Roy Bean's saloon, The Jersey Lilly, was named after Lillie Langtry.

Pampa was originally named Sutton. George Tyng, manager of the White Deer Land Company, was asked to select a new name for Sutton, due to confusion with Sutton County. After his first suggestions were rejected by the chief engineer, Tyng submitted the name Pampa because the place resembled the pampas of Argentina, which he had earlier visited.

Dalhart, the Dallam County seat, straddles the county line for Dallam and Hartley Counties. After more than a couple names, the residents finally combined the two county names into Dalhart.

Channing, Hartley county seat:
Of all the Panhandle towns associated with the XIT Ranch, only Channing can truly claim that it developed directly from that enterprise. It derived its original name, Rivers, from George Channing Rivers, paymaster of the railroad when it built through the county in the spring of 1888. Since the name Rivers duplicated that of another Texas town, the name was changed to Channing later that year. At the time that Willis D. Twichell platted its business district in 1891, Channing was general headquarters of the XIT. Albert G. Boyce, the ranch's general manager and a prominent early citizen, built the first house in the town.
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Old 05-04-2019, 12:57 PM
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I think Ozona was named Ozona because it had a lot of open air.I think another term for open air is Ozone.
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:03 PM
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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Houston-Named for former general Sam Houston, who was president of the Texas Republic & won Texas' independence from Mexico at the San Jacinto battle
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