History Was Changed Forever When The Columbia Space Shuttle Crashed Over This Tiny East Texas Town
There are several small towns in Texas where big things happened – some positive, and others unbelievably tragic. Hemphill, a small town of just over 1,300 nestled deep in the East Texas Piney Woods, would fall into the latter group after the fateful day of February 1, 2003. On that morning, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon atmospheric reentry, with many of the largest pieces of debris crashing down in and around the town.
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Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing.
Today, Katie writes for the Texas and Arizona pages of OnlyInYourState.com and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.