All About Texas
Everything you thought you knew about Texas, but didn't! From a little history to interesting facts, let's have some fun learning all about Texas.
Let Me Introduce You To Texas
A little bit of Texas History goes a long way...
Texas is known for big things, in fact we hear that a lot. Texas is big. Everything is big in Texas. The biggest thing we have in Texas is our love and pride of her. Texas is the second largest state in area & in population, but in the heart of a Texan, it's bigger than Russia.
The state capitol is Austin, which is located in beautiful Central Texas. Austin was named for Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas. Stephen F. Austin was instrumental in the early settlement of American families in Texas colonies. He was alloted land, which he then awarded to colonists.
The term "Six Flags Over Texas," is a reference to the six countries that ruled it. Spain was first, when conquistadors claimed Texas for their King. France owned Texas briefly until Mexico took it over from them. Mexico ruled Texas until Texas won it's independence in 1836. Texas remained an independent republic until annexed by the United States in 1845. During the Civil War, the flag of the confederacy flew over the state. Six Flags...
The Texas State Song Is Texas, Our Texas; music by Wm. J. Marsh; words by Marsh & Gladys Yoakum Wright.
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The Texas State Bird - The Mockingbird
Beautiful Song ~ Fierce Defender of Territory
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The Texas Economy Is Strong
Oil, cattle and cotton
The Texas state economy is strong and continues to thrive. Indeed, there's something for everyone in Texas. Agriculture is a large part of the Texas economy, with Texas having the most farms with the most acreage in the United States. Cattle is the state's most valuable product & Texas leads the country in cotton production.
Energy is another fundamental piece of the Texas economy. Oil was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont in 1929 and oil continues to be one of the biggest parts of the Texas economy. Texas also produces the most wind powered energy and natural gas in the United States, with the highest potential for developing solar energy.
There's no state income tax in Texas. Sales & property taxes are among the lowest in the nation. Texas unemployment was 8.5% in September 2011.
Texas beaches attract large numbers of tourists from 'Winter Texans' escaping the colder Northern states in Winter, to college students on Spring Break, to Summer vacationers.
Winter Texans are generally retired, married & travel in recreational vehicles. They stay several months over the Winter & contribute to the South Texas economy. From March to late April, Texas beaches along South Padre Island are besieged by thousands of college students from all over the country. Spring break visitors also make a huge impact on the economy of the state.
Image: An Oil Well In Texas
The Texas State Flower - The Bluebonnet
Gorgeous wildflower grows along Texas Highways in the Spring
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Texas, By Any Other Name
Is Still Our Beloved Texas
The word "tejas" which means friends in the indigenous Caddo language, gave rise to the state's motto, Friendship. Texas' nickname is 'The Lone Star State' in honor of the state's time as an independent republic and the struggle for independence from Mexico. That Lone Star remains on the state flag and the state seal today.
A Favorite Texas Son - Pecos Bill
The Greatest Cowboy That Ever Lived
Great Places To Visit In Texas
Padre Island was one of the first places we visited when my family moved here from Laredo, Texas. We had a lake in Laredo, but we were blown away by the sights and sounds of this spell-binding island.
Sunny beaches, wind-surfing, deep sea fishing, shopping, a botanical garden, a world class aquarium and an aircraft carrier museum. Sound like a dream?
The USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier is big, beautiful and we love her. You see, the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier is retired and enjoying all the attention we can lavish on her at her permanent harbor in Corpus Christi, Texas.
She's The Blue Ghost, The Ship That Couldn't Be Sunk ~ And We Love Her. The Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington now has a permanent home in Corpus Christi, Texas since it was decommissioned in November 1991.