Traces of Texas

Today is, of course, Texas Independence Day. It was on this day back in 1836 that delegates to the convention at Washington-On-The-Brazos drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence, the text of which I posted earlier today. There are some interesting things about that declaration that many Texans do not know. 1) The text of the declaration was written so fast ---- overnight ----- that some historians believe that Tennessean George C. Childress arrived at the town of Washington with it in his pocket, already written 2) after the text was agreed upon, it was transcribed five times by hand, making five separate copies. One of those original five copies was taken to San Felipe, where it was used to print 1,000 handbills of the declaration, about a dozen of which still survive. However, none of those five transcribed copies are known to exist. I will let historian Lonn Taylor pick up the story now: "On March 3, the secretary of the convention, H.S. Kimble, was ordered to make an engrossed copy for all of the delegates to sign. [An engrossed copy is a clear, attractive, large script or in a formal manner, as a public document or record] Not having any parchment, he did this on six sheets of regular writing paper, writing on both sides of each sheet. All of the delegates to the convention had not arrived on March 2. They straggled in and signed the Declaration through March 11. The convention stayed in session until March 17, but no more mention is made of the Declaration in its journals. In fact, the document disappeared from sight for sixty years until Judge Seth Shepard, a Texan with an interest in history, found it in the files of the State Department in Washington in 1896. A notation on the back of the last page provides a clue as to how it got there. It reads, “Left at the Department of State May 28, 1836 by Mr. Wharton. The original.” Mr. Wharton was undoubtedly William H. Wharton, one of the Texas commissioners who had been sent to Washington in December 1835 to seek funds for the revolution. Since Wharton was already in Washington when the Declaration was signed, it must have been sent to him there when the commission’s mission was expanded to include obtaining recognition for the new Republic. Shepard arranged to have the document returned to Texas, and it has been here ever since, lovingly cared for first by the Texas Secretary of State, then by the State Board of Control, and most recently by the Texas State Library and Archives. But for sixty years no one knew where it was and apparently no one cared. It was almost as though Texans wrote out a Declaration of Independence because it was expected of them as part of the ritual of becoming a nation and then, having won their independence on the battlefield, forgot all about the piece of paper on which they had declared it. For Texans, actions speak louder than words." http://bigbendnow.com/2011/03/an-independent-document-lost-and-found/ I read some of Lonn's other essays there on Big Bend News and they are all quite interesting. You can find them here: http://bigbendnow.com/tag/lonn-taylor/

Happy VDay to all the Deep Eddy sweethearts! Did you meet your one and only at the Eddy? Get engaged here? Share your story with us, we would love to hear it. We're also celebrating "Single's Awareness Day" so come on by for a drink! 🍻

We want YOU to join us for the big game tomorrow 🏈 projector starts at 5pm! Watch the Patriots play the Falcons alongside friends and family. Feel free to bring your own snacks!

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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In the age of gastropubs and microbreweries, Texas still boasts a few real dive bars—where the jukebox is irreplaceable, the beer is domestic, and the patrons feel like family—if you know where to look.

Thank you Texas Monthly for naming Deep Eddy Cabaret one of the best eight dive bars in Texas! All the credit goes to our amazing staff and patrons. Long live the Eddy!

Thanks for coming by Texas Monthly! Great photo by Jeff Wilson. #Repost @jeffwilsonphoto ・・・ Outtake from a shoot for the current issue of @texasmonthly . Remember to tip your bartender. 🍾🍸🍷🍻 #divebars

Still basking in the glory from Saturday's performance by Jimmie Dale Gilmore. It was such a special and perfect way to celebrate our 65th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who came out and to all our loyal Deep Eddy supporters. Jimmie started and ended his set with "Deep Eddy Blues." #longlivetheeddy

Deep Eddy Cabaret

This Saturday, Nov. 26th, Deep Eddy Cabaret is celebrating our 65th Anniversary from noon-2am! Open to the public! 8:00pm: JIMMIE DALE GILMORE 10:30pm: Ramsay Midwood 5:30pm: Adam Ahrens & Doc Bridges 3:00pm: Caddyshack Screening ***House Park Bar-B-Q for sale all day***

This Saturday, Nov. 26th, Deep Eddy Cabaret is celebrating our 65th Anniversary from noon-2am! Open to the public! 8:00pm: JIMMIE DALE GILMORE 10:30pm: Ramsay Midwood 5:30pm: Adam Ahrens & Doc Bridges 3:00pm: Caddyshack Screening ***House Park Bar-B-Q for sale all day***

Deep Eddy Cabaret's 65th Anniversary Party

Deep Eddy Cabaret's 65th Anniversary Party

Deep Eddy Cabaret will be celebrating our 65th Anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 26th! Festivities will include our annual screening of @[345901572112413:274:Caddyshack], @[120727017944122:274:House Park Bar-B-Q], and live music from @[38309409323:274:Ramsay Midwood], Adam Ahrens & Doc Bridges, plus a VERY special performance by @[229687223821:274:Jimmie Dale Gilmore]! Live Music Schedule: 10pm: Ramsay Midwood 7pm: Jimmie Dale Gilmore! 4pm: Adam Ahrens & Doc Bridges Happy Hour & House Park Bar-B-Q, ALL DAY LONG! 2pm showing of CADDYSHACK 12pm FREE BBQ lunch while it lasts!

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