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All About 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, from Beaumont to El Paso ... and everywhere in between.

Here are a few facts about the "Lone Star State", and some recent scenes we have enjoyed in traveling around Texas!

Let's "Waltz Across Texas" now!

Nickname Lone Star State
Number of counties

254 counties - The 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.

Loving County has the least population, with only 134 residents, the second-least populous county in the United States.

Population 28,995,881 (2019 by Census Bureau)
Area 268,581 square 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
State Flower Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)
State Song Texas, Our Texas
State Bird Northern Mockingbird
State Insect Monarch Butterfly
State Mammal (Large) Texas Longhorn
State Reptile Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), also called the horned frog
State Mammal (Small) Armadillo
State Fish Guadalupe Bass (Micropterus treculii)
State Tree Pecan
State Plant Prickly Pear Cactus
State Shrub Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
State Native Shrub Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
State Song Texas, Our Texas
Lakes 4,959 square miles of lakes and streams
State Capitol Located in Austin
Cattle

Estimated at 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. During 2018, electricity production from wind farms in Texas reached 73.3 million MWh.

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Highlights of Travel Around Texas

We live in East Texas, but spend a lot of time traveling around all areas of the Lone Star State. Included below are just a few highlights of places around Texas we have recently visited.

Some of the photos are from our other travel websites, Road Travel America and Route 66 Road Trip

Visiting Texas or around the USA?  Click for ideas on travel destinations, vacations, maps, parks, road trips, things to do ... and lots more, at Road Travel America!

Official Seal of the State of Texas
Official Seal of the State of Texas


Austin and the State Capitol

Designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, the Texas State Capitol building was constructed from 1882 to 1888. A $75 million underground extension was completed in 1993.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

It is 302.64 feet tall, making it the sixth-tallest state capitol and taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is built of Sunset Red Texas Granite from Burnet County.

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

The Austin, Texas skyline, with the Town Lake Boardwalk in the foreground (Photo Credit)
The Austin, Texas skyline, with the Town Lake Boardwalk

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


The Beauty of Nature Across Texas

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

State Bird: Northern Mockingbird
Texas State Bird: Northern Mockingbird
State Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus
Texas State Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus


Historic U.S. Route 66 Across Texas

Historic 6th Street in Amarillo, Texas, on U.S. Route 66
Historic 6th Street in Amarillo, Texas, on U.S. Route 66

The Cadillac Ranch, on Interstate 40 just west of Amarillo
The Cadillac Ranch, on Interstate 40 just west of Amarillo

Texas Bar-B-Q, in Adrian, Texas, the mid-point of Historic Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles
Texas Bar-B-Q, in Adrian, Texas, on Historic Route 66

The Texas Hill Country

One of our favorite back roads for seeing Bluebonnets, the Texas State Flower, in the Spring - the Willow Loop Road in the Texas Hill Country, near Fredericksburg, Texas (Staff Photo)
One of our favorite back roads for seeing Bluebonnets in the Spring - the Willow Loop Road, near Fredericksburg, Texas

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg has gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. For more information visit Website of the National Museum of the Pacific War
National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas


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

Big Bend Country

Big Bend National Park (Photo Credit)
Big Bend National Park

Where to watch those amazing mystery lights, in Marfa, Texas
Where to watch those amazing mystery lights, in Marfa, Texas

The Historic Texas Theater, downtown, Marfa, Texas
The Historic Texas Theater, downtown, Marfa, Texas


George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The museum's exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges that shaped George Bush's life and presidency. Through artifacts, film, photographs, documents, music, sound effects and interactive videos, this museum experience encompasses much of U.S. history since 1941.

The grounds feature the Bush Family Gravesite, and the "Day the Wall Came Down" sculpture. It is located on the campus of Texas A&M University at 1000 George Bush Drive West.

For details and information about opening dates/times, visit the Website of the George Bush Presidential Library or phone 979.862.2253George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station

The George

The George™ hotel is steeped in an atmosphere of authentic Texas charm, bringing a sophisticated flair all its own to the Brazos Valley.

The 162-room luxury boutique hotel is located in College Station's most vibrant community, Century Square, a walkable 60-acre mixed-use destination offering the city's best in retail, dining and entertainment venues. Phone toll-free 844.599.3871

The George - Official Website

The George - Reviews on TripAdvisor

Exterior view of The George Hotel in College Station, Texas The lobby of The George Hotel in College Station, Texas



Ben J. Rogers Visitors Center in South East Texas

The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center provides information and assistance to travelers throughout the nine counties of South East Texas. It is located at 5055 Interstate Highway 10 South. Phone 409.842.0500 for opening hours and other information. (photo courtesy of Beaumont CVB)
Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center in Beaumont, Texas

Bordering Texas

Texas borders Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, and New Mexico to the west. The Rio Grande River forms the state's border with Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico lies to the south.

Concrete "Texas" sign at the Louisiana-Texas state line near Waskom
Concrete Texas sign at Louisiana-Texas state line near Waskom
Texarkana: "Twice As Nice" ... on the Texas-Arkansas state line
Texarkana ... on the Texas-Arkansas state line

The Little Juarez Cafe, in the ghost town of Glenrio, on the Texas-New Mexico border on I-40
The Little Juarez Cafe, in the ghost town of Glenrio, on the Texas-New Mexico border


Let's Go Dancing in Texas!

Luckenbach, Texas, Established 1849
Luckenbach, Texas, Established 1849, with Waylon and Willie and the boys
Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas
Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas

 

 

Visiting the Large Texas Urban Areas

Dallas ... vibrant and exciting, day and night!
Night lights in Dallas, Texas

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Festival scene in downtown San Antonio
Festival scene in downtown San Antonio

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington -
home of the Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tyler Texas ... home of the Dallas Cowboys
San Antonio Missions
National Historical Park
Mission south of San Antonio, Texas

Beaumont ... always lots to see and do downtown!!
Festival time in downtown Beaumont, Texas

... And Visiting Small Town Texas

The Golden Era in Jefferson TX
The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas
Uncertain, TX on Caddo Lake
Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack

Independence ... Since the Early 1820s (Photo by Pierce Ingram - Travel Texas)
Independence ... Since the Early 1820s

 

Map of All Texas Counties (click to enlarge)

Map of All Texas Counties (click to enlarge)

 

List of All Counties and County Seats in the State of Texas

The following is a list of all 254 counties and county seats located in the State of Texas:
 
County County
Seat
County County
Seat
Anderson Palestine Karnes Karnes City
Andrews Andrews Kaufman Kaufman
Angelina Lufkin Kendall Boerne
Aransas Rockport Kenedy Sarita
Archer Archer City Kent Jayton
Armstrong Claude Kerr Kerrville
Atascosa Jourdanton Kimble Junction
Austin Bellville King Guthrie
Bailey Muleshoe Kinney Brackettville
Bandera Bandera Kleberg Kingsville
Bastrop Bastrop Knox Benjamin
Baylor Seymour La Salle Cotulla
Bee Beeville Lamar Paris
Bell Belton Lamb Littlefield
Bexar San Antonio Lampasas Lampasas
Blanco Johnson City Lavaca Hallettsville
Borden Gail Lee Giddings
Bosque Meridian Leon Centerville
Bowie Boston Liberty Liberty
Brazoria Angleton Limestone Groesbeck
Brazos Bryan Lipscomb Lipscomb
Brewster Alpine Live Oak George West
Briscoe Silverton Llano Llano
Brooks Falfurrias Loving Mentone
Brown Brownwood Lubbock Lubbock
Burleson Caldwell Lynn Tahoka
Burnet Burnet Madison Madisonville
Caldwell Lockhart Marion Jefferson
Calhoun Port Lavaca Martin Stanton
Callahan Baird Mason Mason
Cameron Brownsville Matagorda Bay City
Camp Pittsburg Maverick Eagle Pass
Carson Panhandle McCulloch Brady
Cass Linden McLennan Waco
Castro Dimmitt McMullen Tilden
Chambers Anahuac Medina Hondo
Cherokee Rusk Menard Menard
Childress Childress Midland Midland
Clay Henrietta Milam Cameron
Cochran Morton Mills Goldthwaite
Coke Robert Lee Mitchell Colorado City
Coleman Coleman Montague Montague
Collin McKinney Montgomery Conroe
Collings-worth Wellington Moore Dumas
Colorado Columbus Morris Daingerfield
Comal New Braunfels Motley Matador
Comanche Comanche Nacogdoches Nacogdoches
Concho Paint Rock Navarro Corsicana
Cooke Gainesville Newton Newton
Coryell Gatesville Nolan Sweetwater
Cottle Paducah Nueces Corpus Christi
Crane Crane Ochiltree Perryton
Crockett Ozona Oldham Vega
Crosby Crosbyton Orange Orange
Culberson Van Horn Palo Pinto Palo Pinto
Dallam Dalhart Panola Carthage
Dallas Dallas Parker Weatherford
Dawson Lamesa Parmer Farwell
Deaf
Smith
Hereford Pecos Fort Stockton
Delta Cooper Polk Livingston
Denton Denton Potter Amarillo
DeWitt Cuero Presidio Marfa
Dickens Dickens Rains Emory
Dimmit Carrizo
Springs
Randall Canyon
Donley Clarendon Reagan Big Lake
Duval San Diego Real Leakey
Eastland Eastland Red River Clarksville
Ector Odessa Reeves Pecos
Edwards Rocksprings Refugio Refugio
El Paso El Paso Roberts Miami
Ellis Waxahachie Robertson Franklin
Erath Stephenville Rockwall Rockwall
Falls Marlin Runnels Ballinger
Fannin Bonham Rusk Henderson
Fayette La Grange Sabine Hemphill
Fisher Roby San Augustine San Augustine
Floyd Floydada San Jacinto Coldspring
Foard Crowell San Patricio Sinton
Fort Bend Richmond San Saba San Saba
Franklin Mount
Vernon
Schleicher Eldorado
Freestone Fairfield Scurry Snyder
Frio Pearsall Shackelford Albany
Gaines Seminole Shelby Center
Galveston Galveston Sherman Stratford
Garza Post Smith Tyler
Gillespie Fredericksburg Somervell Glen Rose
Glasscock Garden City Starr Rio Grande City
Goliad Goliad Stephens Breckenridge
Gonzales Gonzales Sterling Sterling City
Gray Pampa Stonewall Aspermont
Grayson Sherman Sutton Sonora
Gregg Longview Swisher Tulia
Grimes Anderson Tarrant Fort Worth
Guadalupe Seguin Taylor Abilene
Hale Plainview Terrell Sanderson
Hall Memphis Terry Brownfield
Hamilton Hamilton Throckmorton Throckmorton
Hansford Spearman Titus Mount Pleasant
Hardeman Quanah Tom Green San Angelo
Hardin Kountze Travis Austin
Harris Houston Trinity Groveton
Harrison Marshall Tyler Woodville
Hartley Channing Upshur Gilmer
Haskell Haskell Upton Rankin
Hays San Marcos Uvalde Uvalde
Hemphill Canadian Val Verde Del Rio
Henderson Athens Van Zandt Canton
Hidalgo Edinburg Victoria Victoria
Hill Hillsboro Walker Huntsville
Hockley Levelland Waller Hempstead
Hood Granbury Ward Monahans
Hopkins Sulphur
Springs
Washington Brenham
Houston Crockett Webb Laredo
Howard Big Spring Wharton Wharton
Hudspeth Sierra Blanca Wheeler Wheeler
Hunt Greenville Wichita Wichita Falls
Hutchinson Stinnett Wilbarger Vernon
Irion Mertzon Willacy Raymondville
Jack Jacksboro Williamson Georgetown
Jackson Edna Wilson Floresville
Jasper Jasper Winkler Kermit
Jeff Davis Fort Davis Wise Decatur
Jefferson Beaumont Wood Quitman
Jim Hogg Hebbronville Yoakum Plains
Jim Wells Alice Young Graham
Johnson Cleburne Zapata Zapata
Jones Anson Zavala Crystal City

 

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