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Cox: Texas Capitol has interesting history

Phil Reynolds/Burnet Bulletin
Author Mike Cox talks to an audience at the Coffee Talk Thursday, March 14, at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet. Cox's latest book reveals some little-known facts about the Texas Capitol.




By Phil Reynolds

Burnet Bulletin

If you want to know about the Texas Capitol in Austin, go to the man who wrote the book.

That would be Mike Cox. Literally. Cox was at Thursday’s Coffee Talk at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet to talk about his book, “Legends and Lore of the Texas Capitol.”

Though probably best-known for his Texas Rangers volumes (Cox was director of media relations for the Department of Public Safety for years), he’s written 36 nonfiction books about Texas and hundreds of articles and columns for periodicals.

He told the audience he has a personal connection with the building. His first job was as “assistant sergeant at arms” in the state Senate (“the House simply calls them pages,” he said).

Later, as an author, he was at the Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds when his young daugher wandered off and Cox spent hours looking for her (she was found beneath a desk).


This Week in Texas History

U.S. Navy caught running guns to Santa Anna


While on patrol off the Mexican coast on Mar. 20, 1836, the Invincible vanquished an enemy man-of-war and seized an American blockade runner on the high seas. It was all in a day’s work for the Texas Navy.

During the darkest hour of the Lone Star Revolution, Jeremiah Brown put to sea in a converted slave smuggling schooner. As captain of the Invincible, his mission in the aftermath of the Alamo massacre was to keep Mexican vessels bottled up in port and to stop third countries from supplying Santa Anna with war materiel.

A month before the Battle of San Jacinto, a merchant ship brimming with military hardware slipped out of Matamoros harbor. To ensure that the freighter rendezvoused with ground forces in Texas, the man-of-war Bravo provided an armed escort.

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