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  1. Texas Characteristic facts - most current - click here
  • Population - 24.3 million * and growing
  • Area  268,581 square miles
  • Capital - Austin, TX
  • Nickname - Lone Star State
  • State Motto - Friendship
  • State Bird - Mockingbird
  • State Flower - Blue Bonnet
  • State Tree - Pecan
  • State Dish - Chili
  • Highest Point - 8,749 Fee (Guadalupe Peak)
  • Lowest Point - Sea Level (Gulf Coast)
  • Time Zone - Central Time Zone - Except El Paso are of far West Texas, which is the Mountain Time Zone.


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  • Uvalde is the Honey Capital of the World!



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 All About Texas





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  • Area: 268601 sq.mi., 2nd   Land 261914 sq.mi., 2nd   Water 6687 sq.mi., 9th
  • Area Codes: 50states List - 28th State to be inducted.


  • Famous Texan(s):

Red Adair fireman oil well fires, Houston
Alvin Ailey choreographer, Rogers
Mary Kay Ash cosmetics entrepreneur, Hot Wells
Steven Fuller Austin founding father of Texas, Austinville,VA
Gene Autry singer, actor, Tioga
Kathy Baker actress, Midland
Clyde Barrow outlaw, Telico
Carol Burnett comedienne, San Antonio
Cyd Charisse actress, dancer, Amarillo
Henry Cisneros politician, San Antonio
Denton A. Cooley heart surgeon, Houston
Joan Crawford actress, San Antonio
Robert Dennard inventor, Terrell
Dwight David Eisenhower U.S. president, general, Denison
A. J. Foyt auto racer, Houston
Larry Hagman actor, Fort Worth
Ben Hogan golfer, Dublin
Buddy Holly musician, Lubbock
Howard Hughes industrialist, film producer, Houston
Jack Johnson boxer, Galveston
Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. president, Stonewall
Michael Johnson olympic sports, Dallas
George Jones singer, Saratoga
Janis Joplin blues singer, Port Arthur
Tommy Lee Jones actor, San Saba
Trini Lopez singer, Dallas
Mary Martin singer, actress, Weatherford
Roger Miller singer, songwriter, Fort Worth
Spanky McFarland actor, Fort Worth
Audie Murphy actor, war hero, Kingston
Willie Nelson singer, Abbot
Chester Nimitz admiral, Fredricksburg
Sandra Day O'Connor jurist, El Paso
Roy Orbisonsinger, Vernon
Buck Owens singer, Sherman
Bonnie Parker outlaw, Rowena
H. Ross Perot philanthropist, Texarkana
Katherine Anne Porter author, Indian Creek
Wiley Post aviator, Grand Saline
Dan Rather TV newscaster, Wharton
Robert Rauschenberg painter, Port Arthur
Tex Ritter singer, Murval
Eugene Wesley Gene Roddenberry screenwriter, El Paso
Tabitha Soren TV journalist, San Antonio
Rip Torn actor, director, Temple
Ernest Tubb country music, Crisp
Tommy Tune dancer, choreographer, Wichita Falls
Kathy Whitworth golfer, Monahans
Dooley Wilson actor, musician, Tyler
Babe Didrikson Zaharias athlete, golfer, Port Arthur


  • Border States: Regional List:  



New Mexico  




  • Constitution: 28th State


  • County Profile: County Map   All Texas 254 Counties
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    •  Montgomery County - click here
    •  Fort Bend County - click here
    •  Brazoria County - click here
    •  Waller County - click here
    •  Galveston County - click here






  • Economy:
    • Agriculture: Cattle, cotton, dairy products, nursery stock, poultry, sorghum, corn, wheat.
    • Industry: Chemical products, petroleum and natural gas, food processing, electric equipment, machinery, mining, tourism.
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  • Fast Facts:
  1. Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
  2. The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state's most popular historic site.
  3. The lightning whelk is the official state shell.
  4. Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
  5. Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present
  6. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  7. During the period of July 24-26, 1979, the Tropical Storm Claudette brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, contributing to more than $600 million in damages. Claudette produced the United States 24 hour rainfall record of 43 inches.
  8. More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
  9. Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.
  10. Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
  11. The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  12. Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.
  13. A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
  14. Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.
  15. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  16. The first offensive action of the Texas Revolution occurred in Goliad on October 9, 1835 when local colonists captured the fort and town.
  17. On December 20, 1835 the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was hoisted.
  18. The Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest assortments of circusana in the world.
  19. The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842.
  20. Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
  21. Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.
  22. Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.
  23. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
  24. The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
  25. In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin.
  26. The capitol in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  27. Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies.
  28. The armadillo is the official state mammal.
  29. Texas has the first domed stadium in the country. The structure was built in Houston and opened in April 1965.
  30. The Houston Comets are the only team in the country to win four back-to-back WNBA championships. 1997-2000 Cynthia Cooper remains the only player to win the WNBA Championship MVP.
  31. The worst natural disaster in United States history was caused by a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. Over 8000 deaths were recorded.
  32. The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
  33. Texas' largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.
  34. Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
  35. El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.
  36. Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation's total area.
  37. The state's cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.
  38. More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  39. More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
  40. Laredo is the world's largest inland port.
  41. Port Lavaca has the world's longest fishing pier. Originally part of the causeway connecting the two sides of Lavaca Bay, the center span of was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
  42. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world's largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.
  43. Amarillo has the world's largest helium well.
  44. The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
  45. The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely over the water.
  46. The Heisman trophy is named for John William Heisman the first full-time coach and athletic director at Rice University in Houston.
  47. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other comparable area in North America.
  48. The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
  49. Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.

Thanks to: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rebecca Edinger,

Brien Segers, Hill DeWolfe, Cari Murtagh, Eric Gomez, Valorie75, Mary Chastain, pkimbrel


  • Flag:
    The flag was adopted as the state flag when Texas became the 28th state in 1845.

As with the flag of the United States, the blue stands for loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red is for bravery.

6 Flags of Texas     Texas Flag Code



The six flags of Texas: 

  • Spanish 1519-1685
  • French 1685-1690
  • Spanish 1690-1821
  • Mexican 1821-1836
  • Republic of Texas 1836-1845
  • United States 1845-1861
  • Confederate States 1861-1865
  • United States 1865- present
  •  Texas Military Forces Museum.



Pledge to the Texas Flag
A pledge to the Texas flag was adopted by the 43rd Legislature. It contained a phrase, "Flag of 1836," which inadvertently referred to the David G. Burnet flag instead of the Lone Star Flag adopted in 1839. In 1965, the 59th Legislature changed the pledge to its current form:

"Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge allegiance to thee,
Texas, one and indivisible."

A person reciting the pledge to the state flag should face the flag, place the right hand over the heart and remove any easily removable hat. The pledge to the Texas flag may be recited at all public and private meetings at which the pledge of allegiance to the national flag is recited and at state historical events and celebrations. The pledge to the Texas flag should be recited after the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag if both are recited.



  • Geographic Center: McCulloch, 15 miles northeast of Brady


  1. Texas Government (2002)  Governor: Rick Perry, Republican.

    U.S. Congress: Senate--2 Republicans; House--17 Democrats, 13 Republicans.

    Electoral college votes: 32.

    State legislature: 31 senators, 150 representatives.






  • Library: Texas   Texas Libraries  




  • Lowest Point: Gulf coast; sea level, 3rd



  • Motto: Friendship




  • Nickname: Lone Star State


  • Origin of state's name: Based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends"










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Statehood: Dec. 29, 1845; the 28th state


Texas, Our Texas
Written by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright
Composed by William J. Marsh

Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.

Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.

"Texas, Our Texas," the official state song of Texas, was adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1929.
Source: Lone Star Junction - More MIDI's

State Reptile: The Texas horned lizard



  Texas State Song

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.