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First football game played at Cotton Bowl
October 26, 1930
On this day in 1930, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs beat the Indiana Hoosiers 27-0 in the first football game at the brand-new Cotton Bowl in Dallas's Fair Park. The 46,000-seat stadium was on the site of Fair Park Football Stadium, built in 1921 with a seating capacity of 15,000. A milestone in the history of the stadium occurred on January 1, 1937, when the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs beat Marquette University 16-6 in the first Cotton Bowl Classic. The classic became a New Year's Day tradition matching the Southwest Conference champion against a highly rated opponent. The stadium was renovated extensively in 1948 and 1949, bringing its capacity to 75,504. The Cotton Bowl was also the home of the Dallas Texans of the National Football League in 1952, the Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs) of the American Football League from 1960 to 1962, and the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL from 1960 to 1970. The stadium was renovated again in 1994 in preparation for soccer's World Cup. The Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer is currently the only professional sports franchise to call the Cotton Bowl home, though the annual clash between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma is still played there.
Camp Gates established in Coryell County
October 26, 1849
On this day in 1849, Camp Gates, the predecessor of Fort Gates, was established by Capt. William R. Montgomery as a stockaded United States cantonment on the north bank of the Leon River above Coryell Creek, about five miles east of the site of present Gatesville. The installation was named for Bvt. Maj. Collinson Reed Gates of New York, who won distinction in the Mexican War. The last of a cordon of posts established in 1849 to protect settlers on the frontier from Indians, the fort was also the first of the line of posts to be abandoned. It was closed in March 1852, once the Indian threat had been removed. Lt. George Pickett, later a Confederate general and leader of "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg, was stationed at Fort Gates in 1850-51.
Texas native dies in heroic action
October 26, 1944
On this day in 1944, Horace S. Carswell, Jr., died in China. He was flying a B-24 on a single-aircraft night mission against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea. After his plane was seriously damaged--three of its engines were knocked out--instead of parachuting, he managed to gain enough altitude to reach land, where he ordered his crew to bail out. Carswell stayed with the B-24 and attempted a landing, but crashed with his copilot into a mountain. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1946, for giving "his life...to save all members of his crew" and for "sacrifice far beyond that required of him." In addition to the Medal of Honor, he received numerous other posthumous honors. In 1948 Fort Worth Army Airfield was renamed for Carswell, who was buried at a Catholic mission in Tungchen, China.
posted by Jeff - 10.26.2011 - The Texas State Historical Association