All About Texas
Texas joined the United States as the 28th state, on December 29, 1845.
We arrived a bit later, but love to travel the state, from east to west, from the major urban centers to the small cities and towns. From Amarillo to Waskom, from Dallas to Luckenbach to Uncertain.
Here are a few facts about the "Lone Star State", and some recent photographs we've shot in traveling around Texas!
Let's "Waltz Across Texas" now!
|Nickname||Lone Star State|
|Number of counties||254 - smallest is Rockwall. The largest is Brewster, with 6,208 square miles. Connecticut (5,544 Sq Mi), Delaware (2,489 Sq Mi) and Rhode Island (1,545 Sq Mi) can fit inside this county.|
|Population (2010 by Census Bureau)||27,860,000 (2016)|
|State Song||Texas, Our Texas|
|State Insect||Monarch Butterfly|
|State Mammal (Large)||Longhorn|
|State Mammal (Small)||Armadillo|
|Area||268,581 sq miles|
|Highest Point||Guadalupe Peak - 8,749 ft - Texas has 91 mountains a mile high or more|
|Distances||801 miles from north to south, 773 miles from east to west|
|Lakes||4,959 square miles of lakes and streams|
|State Capitol||Located in Austin, the current capitol building was dedicated on May 16, 1888. Stands 302 fet tall, taller than the U.S. Capitol, and is built of Sunset Red Texas Granite from Burnet County|
Estimated 16,000,000 head. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
|Energy||In 2006, Texas produced 18.2% of the crude oil in the United States, and nearly 30% of the natural gas production.|
|Wind Power||Texas is the leading state in the US in wind energy output, with over 7,000 MW of installed capacity.|
Visitor Center in West Texas
|Texas State Capitol in Austin
||Texas State Capitol in Austin Interior
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Historical marker marking Swedish immigrants and log cabin, Austin, Texas
The Texas state butterfly: Monarch
Bertram Texas Train Depot
Farmer's Market Near Downtown Dallas Texas
George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University,
College Station, Texas
George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University
Concrete Texas sign at Louisiana-Texas state line near Waskom
Antiques for sale in Fredericksburg Texas
Wildseed Farms, near Fredericksburg, Texas
|Luckenbach Texas ... with Waylon and Willie and the boys!
Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tyler Texas ... home of the Dallas Cowboys
Mission south of San Antonio, Texas
Wall sculpture on mission south of San Antonio, Texas
The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas
Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack
Methodist Church in Mt. Selman, Texas
Henry's Chapel Cemetery, near Troup, Texas
Be sure to visit our completed segments about the East Texas Oil and Gas industry, and Notable Singers, Songwriters and Entertainers and East Texas Athletes and Sports Stars from Tyler and East Texas. And be sure to view our new East Texas Butterfly Photo Gallery.