Fondest memory: A single star was part of the Long Expedition (1819), Austin Colony (1821) and several flags of the early Republic of Texas. Some say that the star represented the wish of many Texans to achieve statehood in the United States. Others say it originally represented Texas as the lone state of Mexico which was attempting to uphold its rights under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Many flags since that time have carried the one lone star.
Texas is one of several U.S. states that is very hot and dry. Water is a definite survival need. Take water with you wherever you go. We got in the habit of taking a cooler with us each time we go out, that way we could keep our water cool no matter how long we were out of the house. A good idea would also be to invest in those foam coozies (sp) ... hmmm ... my general tip is about water ... but my fondest memory are the bluebonnets ... the only way I can bring these two together in one tip is ... uhh ... don't forget to water the bluebonnets?
Fondest memory: My single most favorite memory of Texas has got to be the vast fields of bluebonnets all over the state during the months of March and some of April.
If you live in Texas, or anywhere in the Deep South, these small creatures are your friends. They consume a huge number of cockroaches and other insect pests.
Often called "chameleons," they are not true chameleons (those live in Madagascar). But they share the ability to change color. Typically found in trees, shrubbery, and other places that offer cover and concealment, they are tricky to photograph. Approach very slowly, and be patient.
Texas is the second-largest and second most populated state in the United States. It is larger than any country in Europe!
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Usually when one hears of "Six Flags Over Texas," the first thing that may come to mind is the amusement park. In all actuallity, Texas has been under 6 flags throughout it's history: The US Flag, the Flag of Spain, the Flag of France, the Flag of Mexico, the Texas Confederate Flag, and the Texas State Flag.
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Fondest memory: Something that I thought was a joke turned out to be a reality when I came to Texas. These roads are similar to state roads with the only exception of farm equipment can be seen from time to time. I have seen less farm equipment over the past couple of years mainly due to commercial development.
The Texas State Flag, with red and white bars and a lone white star on a field of blue, is the only state flag in America which may properly be flown alongside and at the same height with the flag of United States of America. The reason is that Texas is the only state which was a soverign independent nation before it joined the Union, and the flag was the flag of the Republic of Texas, before it became the State of Texas.
This was the second flag for the Republic of Texas and was adapted Jan. 24, 1839. In 1845, when Texas became the 28th state, the flag of the Republic became the State Flag. It is the fourth of six national flags that have been flown over the territory that is now the State of Texas.
In the Flag the Blue stands for loyalty, the white is for strength, and the red for bravery or valor. The Lone Star stands for Texas, and is the reason it is known as "The Lone Star State."
Texas State Flag
Favorite thing: While in Texas you simply must sample the food. There is a little bit of flavor for every one. Such as Steak houses, Authintic Mexican cafes and Chili that is served almost every where. I also would recommend some thing Misqeuite boiled or seasoned. (The misqeuite is the little scrubby trees you keep seeing along road ways. )And of course try a longhorn burger!
Eat BBQ! These are the BEST!
Luling City Market in Luling and Houston. Black's in Lockhart. Pat Gee's in Tyler. Salt Lick in Austin. Stubb's in Austin. Cooper's in Round Rock.
Fondest memory: I miss the smell of the Hill Country after a Spring rain.
Since the first European exploration by Cortez in 1519, the flags of six different soverign nations have flown over most of the land which is today the state of Texas. They are:
Spain: 1519-1685; 1690-1821
Republic of Texas: 1836-1845
Confederate States of America: 1861-1865
United States of America: 1845-1861/ 1865-Present
You will see these six flags being flown in various places around Texas in celebration of the state's heritage. There is a popular amusement park in Dallas called "Six Flags over Texas."
While many people are aware of the six flags that have flown over Texas, few know that for a brief period of time in the southern part of the state there were seven. The Republic of the Rio Grande, with its capital in Laredo, was established in early 1839. The short-lived nation held territory on both sides of the Rio Grande, but lasted for only about a year and a half, until the summer of 1840.
The flags in this photo are flying over DeLeon Plaza, on the square in downtown Victoria, Texas.
Six National Flags of Texas
The entire southern border of Texas is formed by the Rio Grande River, which seperates Texas from Mexico. South-of-the-border the river is called El Rio Bravo del Norte. The Rio Grande rises in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorade, and flows southward into and through the entire length of New Mexico to the corner where New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico meet. There the river forms the divide between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, and from this point it flows generally in a southeastward direction, albeit making a "Big Bend," until it seperates Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, just before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
Although the Rio Grande is never very wide, and sometimes just a trickle, it runs a total of 1,885 miles, 1,254 of which are along the Texas/Mexico border. A 196 mile stretch of the river, beside and just below Big Bend National Park, has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River. Much more than just a border, the river is an important source of irrigation water, helping support life in the Rio Grande Valley for millenia. In spite of border restrictions, the river also offers some recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, etc.
Texas has one of the most successful and active historical marker programs in the United States. In every state of the Union you will find historical markers, but nowhere have I seen them so abundantly displayed as here in Texas. They can be found along most every highway, and in virtually every city and town. That's not only because lots of history has happened here in Texas, but because Texans seem to be more intensely proud of their history than folks in most places.
The sad thing is that the vast majority of people speed past these markers with never a thought. I've talked to folks who live near the markers, and have passed them literally hundreds of times, but have no idea of the history of the spot they are passing because they have never taken time to stop and read it.
Whether you live in Texas, or are only passing through, take time to smell the roses - and to read the historical markers.
Texas Historical Markers
Throughout your trip to Texas you will see many locations that bear the symbol of our Texas State Historical Markers. In the picture you will see what these look like. I would highly recommend taking some time to read about each one of these, as they normally have some great information on the city you are reading it in!
This one is located in Austin at the Iron Works BBQ
Fondest memory: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/markersdesigs/maddefault.html
The Texas State Seal, featuring the prominent "lone star" symbol, was adopted by the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1836. The branches branches encircling the star (oak on the left and olive on the right) were added in 1839. After Texas became a state, the current seal was adopted as part of the 1845 state constitution. It is identical to that of 1839, except the word "State" has replaced "Republic." State law requires that the seal be used to authenticate all official documents of the state
This photo of the Texas State Seal is on the wrought-iron gate to the governor's mansion, across from the state capital in downtown Austin.
Texas State Seal
Texas is known to many as a very friendly state and some believe it is its own country, and therefore it is only logical that the official Texas welcome is done here on the border.
This beautiful travel information center in Waskom has everything you need to put in the car with you for your trip through Texas.
The people inside are very helpful and informative and provide you with tons of literature based on what you want to see!
I would call this a must visit for every traveller that drives by!
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