The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 4 – The Great Houston Flood of 1935

This home movie captures scenes of the Great Houston Flood of 1935, primarily of the flooded downtown district, including Main, Milam, Prairie, and Texas Streets. Houstonians are seen rowing canoes down these metropolitan streets, alongside submerged storefronts and homes. Brown then includes before and after shots of the downtown district. The flood began on December […]

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The Easterwood Family Films, no. 3 – Flood and Palo Duro Canyon

This home movie captures scenes of the Easterwood family exploring the results of a flood, then on a trip through the Panhandle, where they visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The family first wades barefoot down a flooded road, then takes a train ride through Palo Duro Canyon before continuing on their road trip.

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The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 10 – Chupadera Ranch

This home movie captures scenes of friends and business partners, Ross S. Sterling and Dolph Briscoe Sr., driving their cattle across the Rio Grande river in Southwest Texas. The two men co-owned several thousand head of cattle and the Chupadera Ranch that spread across Maverick and Dimmit counties. Prominent Texan men often hunted on the […]

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The Chambliss and Britton Collection, no. 12 – Pioneer Amphitheater

This home movie captures scenes of a camping trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, where the family goes to see “Texasâ€ the musical at Pioneer Amphitheatre during its 1973 season. The family enjoys the scenic Red River and a campfire, then goes to the Pioneer Amphitheatre to see the musical. “Texasâ€ is produced annually […]

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