NATIONAL TEXAS DAY

On February 1st, National Texas Day recognizes the Lone Star State along with its fierce record of independent people and history. The 28th state may not be the only state with a record of being a republic, but their dramatic revolution and fight for independence keep Texas history alive.

Legendary History and People

On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state admitted to the Union, but its storied history stretched long before that date. From the dictatorship of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the start of the Texas Revolution in 1835 to the Alamo in 1836, names like James Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Juan Seguin echo throughout the state.

Many legends abound where Texas is concerned. According to the story, The Yellow Rose of Texas was a mulatto woman who distracted Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto allowing victory for the republic. Many credit a woman by the name of Emily West, but historians find little to no evidence. A statue by Veryl Goodnight stands in Houston.

During and after the Civil War, news traveled slowly. It took the arrival of Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, and his announcement with General Orders, Number 3 that the Civil War was over and all slaves were now freedmen for life to change in Galveston, Texas.  Whether it required the military to enforce the new federal law or if the news did truly travel slowly, June 19th became a celebration of culture and freedom called Juneteenth

Official Texas

  • State Capital  – Austin
  • State Nickname – The Lone Star State
  • State Song – Texas Our Texas
  • State Tree – Pecan Tree
  • State Reptile – Texas Toad
  • State Vehicle  – Chuck Wahon
  • State Bread  – Pan de Campo
  • State Vegetable- Texas Sweet Onion
  • State WildFlower – Blue bonnet
  • State Stone – Petrified Palmwood
Technology and Landscape

Texas loves technology. Home to Johnson Space Center and more than one computer company that began as a startup, the Lone Star State wears its boots and lab coat at the same time. They’ve brought us the handheld calculator and 3-D printing as well as many medical advancements. And let’s not forget, Dr. Pepper.

Whether traveling to the Gulf Coast, staying close to the panhandle which includes a patch of Route 66, or wandering the Great Plains, there’s plenty of Texas to see. Take in some history or explore the cities. Take a hike along the Palo Duro Canyon on the Red River or in Big Bend National Park.

Texas Flavor

“Everything is bigger in Texas.” You’ve probably heard the saying so it’s no surprise that it is reflected in food. Chili, Queso, Pecan Pie, Tex-Mex, Sweet Tea, Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Okra, Breakfast Tacos, and Tortilla Soup to name a few.  Texas BBQ is so well known and separate from North Carolina, or others. If you find yourself in Austin check out Franklin BBQ.

NATURE – ART – HISTORY

For a complete list of Texas State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

Battleship Texas State Historic Site – LaPorte

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway – Quitaque

Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area – Rocksprings

Franklin Mountains State Park – El Paso

Goose Island State Park – Rockport

Indian Lodge – Fort Davis

McKinney Falls State Park – Austin

Big Thicket Gateway – Lumberton

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument – Fritch

Big Bend National Park – Rio Grande

Padre Island National Seashore – Corpus Christi

Bullock Texas State History Museum – Austin

Texas Memorial Museum – Austin

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center – Austin

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas

African American Museum – Dallas

Kimbell Art Museum – Fort Worth

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum – Canyon

Houston Museum of Natural Science – Houston

San Jacinto Museum – Houston

Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam – Pearland

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame – Waco

Fort Concho – San Angelo

Fort Griffin State Historic Site – Albany

Hidden Treasures

The Marfa Lights – Marfa

Gone with the Wind Museum – Cleburne

Jacob’s Well Natural Area – Hays County

Ms. Pearl the Squirrel – Cedar Creek


Have you heard?

Juan Seguin – Political Figure – (October 27, 1806 – August 27, 1890)

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Scott Joplin – Composer – (November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917)

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Wiley Post – Aviator – (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower – President – (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)

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Bessie Coleman – Aviator – (January 26, 1892 -April 30, 1926)

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Howard Hughes – Businessman – (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)

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Caro Crawford Brown – Journalist – (May 25, 1908 – August 5, 2001)


Lyndon B Johnson – President – (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)

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Denton Cooley – Surgeon – (August 22, 1920 – November 2016)

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Otis Boykin – Inventor – August 29, 1920 – March 13, 1982)

Otis Boykin - Inventor

Sandra Day O’Conner – Supreme Court Justice (March 26, 1930)

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Willie Nelson – Musician – (April 29, 1933 – )

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Larry McMurtry – Author – (June 3, 1936 – )

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Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.

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