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The Lone Star State ... 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 Flower Bluebonnet
State Song Texas, Our Texas
State Bird Mockingbird
State Insect Monarch Butterfly
State Tree Pecan
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
Cattle

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
Visitor Center in West Texas

Texas State Capitol in Austin
Texas State Capitol in Austin

Texas State Capitol in Austin - Interior photograph of the dome
Texas State Capitol in Austin - Interior photograph of the dome

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

Historical marker marking Swedish immigrants and log cabin, Austin, Texas
Historical marker marking Swedish immigants and log cabin, Austin, Texas

The Texas state butterfly: Monarch
The Texas state butterfly: Monarch

Bertram Texas Train Depot
Bertram Texas Train Depot

Farmer's Market Near Downtown Dallas Texas
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

George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University
George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University

Concrete Texas sign at Louisiana-Texas state line near Waskom
Concrete Texas sign at Louisiana-Texas state line near Waskom

Antiques for sale in Fredericksburg Texas
Antiques for sale in Fredericksburg Texas

Wildseed Farms, near Fredericksburg, Texas
Wildseed Farms, near Fredericksburg, Texas

Luckenbach Texas ... with Waylon and Willie and the boys!
Luckenbach Texas ... with Waylon and Willie and the boys!

Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas
Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tyler Texas ... home of the Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tyler Texas ... home of the Dallas Cowboys

Mission south of San Antonio, Texas
Mission south of San Antonio, Texas

Wall sculpture on mission south of San Antonio, Texas
Wall sculpture on mission south of San Antonio, Texas

The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas
The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas

Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack
Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack

Methodist Church in Mt. Selman, Texas
Methodist Church in Mt. Selman, Texas

Henry's Chapel, near Troup, Texas
Henry's Chapel, near Troup, Texas

Henry's Chapel, near Troup, Texas
Henry's Chapel, near Troup, Texas

Henry's Chapel Cemetery, near Troup, 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.


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