History

Survivor of Goliad Came to Denton, Texas

Andrew Jackson Hitchcock grave

I woke up this morning thinking of Andrew Jackson Hitchcock (I fell in love with that name the moment I saw it). Although he is just a footnote in the history of Denton, Texas, he was a hero of the Texas War of Independence. Few people think of him these days, and he lies forgotten…

Captured By Comanches

Banc Babb Bell

“Look up the name ‘Banc Babb,’” Frank murmured, as we sat on “Murderer’s Row” at the coffee house. “I think you will like her story. She died here in Denton in 1950,” he said, “and she was the last surviving person who had been captured by Comanches.” I love sipping coffee with the locals down…

The Case of The Missing Co-Ed

Virginia Carpenter 1948

She stepped off the train in Denton, Texas on Tuesday, June 1, 1948, after a six hour trip from her home in Texarkana, wearing a striped chambray dress, red platform shoes (with a matching red bag), and a white hat perched on her head. Virginia Carpenter was twenty-one years old. The 5’3 young lady had…