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Welcome to Texas and a brief overview of The Lone Star State.

One of the four Southwestern States, Texas is located in the south central part of the 48 "conterminous" states. It's bordered on the north by Oklahoma and on the south by Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is bordered on the east by Arkansas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico and on the west by New Mexico.

Up until 1959, when Alaska entered the Union, Texas was the largest state.

Texas among the states

  • Statehood: December 29, 1845 (28th state)
  • Abbreviation: Tex. (traditional), TX (postal)
  • Capital: Austin.
  • Size: 266,807 square miles, includes inland water (2nd)
  • Coastline: 367 miles.
  • Motto: Friendship.
  • State bird: Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) adopted 1927.
  • State flower: Bluebonnet (Lupinus subcarnosus and Lupinus texensis) adopted 1901.
  • State songs:
    • "Texas, Our Texas", words by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright, music by William J. Marsh, adopted 1929.
    • "Bluebonnets", words by Julia D. Booth, music by Lora C. Crockett, adopted 1933.
  • State tree: Pecan (Carya illinoensis) adopted 1919.


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