Best Places to Picnic in Texas
Republic of Texas achieved its independence from Mexico in 1836, the
same year as the famous siege of the Alamo in which pioneers Jim
Bowie and Davy Crockett were slain.
The "Lone Star State"
was the 28th state to join the Union, admitted in 1845. The name
Texas is a Spanish name, which comes from an Indian word meaning
"friends" or "allies."
Texas is the second-largest state
in the Union in area, after Alaska. Although it has a wild, frontier
history, today Texas is a major producer of oil and has important
centers of industry and finance.
A Texas state historian has said
that the state flower, the bluebonnet, "is to Texas what the
shamrock is to Ireland."