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November 26 in San Antonio history...

1877
John James dies at the age of 56.  He became Bexar County chief surveyor, surveying and establishing the city’s boundaries in 1846. He participated in the Battle of Salado in 1842 and in 1844 he surveyed and laid out the city of Castroville. In 1853, he and Charles de Montel established the city of Bandera and set up a horse-powered lumber mill there. He also established the first lumberyard in San Antonio and introduced Merino sheep to the Bandera area. In 1854, he and 35 others headed to California with more than 1,000 head of cattle. James also surveyed Fort Davis, Boerne, D’Hanis, and Quihi. He is said to have surveyed more land in Texas than any other individual surveyor. James was also the father-in-law of well known architect Alfred Giles.  Lastly, he was one of the three bondsmen who underwrote for the City of San Antonio the payment of $300,000 to the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway Company on completion of the first railroad into San Antonio February 19, 1877.

1905
Two steam locomotives collide in a staged exhibition at the International Fairgrounds.  Unlike the Crash at Crush, the boilers do not explode and no one is harmed.  It is estimated that over 35,000 spectators witnessed the event.

1955
Duke Ellington and Nat “King” Cole (right) appear in person at the Majestic Theater for a special midnight showing of their new full-length motion picture “Rock ‘N’ Roll Revue.”  (photo from the UTSA Digital Photo Archives)

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