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Texas
( The Lone Star State )
Texas Map The name Texas is a Spanish name, which comes from an Indian word meaning "friends" or "allies." The Republic of Texas achieved its independence from Mexico in 1836, the same year as the famous siege of the Alamo in which pioneers Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett were slain. It became the 28th state in 1845. Texas is the second largest state. Although it has a wild frontier history, today Texas is a major producer of oil and has important centers of industry and finance. Frontier cowboys with their 10-gallon hats have long been a symbol of the state. Cowboys still ride across the plains driving great herds of cattle; and cowboy hats and boots still make up the everyday dress of many rural Texans. However, the Texans of today are just as likely to be workers in an oilfield or scientists in a laboratory as they are to be cowboys. Some of the most popular resort centers in Texas are on the Gulf Coast. Sandy beaches stretch along most of the coast, making it ideal for swimming, boating and deep sea fishing. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Texas include: Jaclyn Smith, Stephen Herek, Angie Harmon, Woody Harrelson,

The Flag of Texas
Texas state flag Entered the Union in 1845 as the 28th State; flag adopted in 1839. The American origin of the settlers who revolted against Mexican rule and established the independent Republic of Texas was reflected in the flags they carried, including the one which eventually became the State flag of the "Lone Star State".
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Houston, 1,953,631; Dallas, 1,188,580; San Antonio, 1,144,646; Austin, 656,562; El Paso, 563,662; Fort Worth, 534,694; Arlington, 332,969; Corpus Christi, 277,454; Plano, 222,030; Garland, 215,768
 
Business and Trade in Texas
Agriculture: Cattle, cotton, dairy products, nursery stock, poultry, sorghum, corn, wheat.

Industries: Chemical products, petroleum and natural gas, food processing, electric equipment, machinery, mining, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Flower: Bluebonnet (lupinus)
  • Tree: Pecan (carya illinoensis)
  • Song(s): Texas, Our Texas
  • Motto: Friendship

Texas Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge - Rio Hondo
Frontiers of Flight Museum - Dallas
Lavon Lake - Wylie
Lake Georgetown - Georgetown
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge - Liberty
capital  Capital: Austin

statehood  Statehood: 1845-12-29

population  Population:
20,851,820 (79.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 268,580.82
    Water 6,783.70
    Land 261,797.12
    Rank 2nd Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Texas, there are 8,157,575 housing units, averaging to 31.2 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    American Cowboy
    Texas Fish And Game
    Texas Parks & Wildlife
 
Posters and Artwork
La Rambla Midway, Dallas, Texas, 1937
La Rambla Midway, Dallas, Texas, 1937
Art Print 18" x 13"

 
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