Welcome to Texas!

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.

Here are a few facts about the "Lone Star State", and some recent photographs we've taken 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.

 

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

The State Capitol in Austin

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

 

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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.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Visitor Center in West Texas on US 287
Visitor Center in West Texas

 

The Beauty of Nature Across Texas

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

Fall colors at the Dallas Arboretum
Fall colors at the Dallas Arboretum

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

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

Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA

Accessible from the Texas Travel Information Center just west of the Sabine River at Orange, the wildlife management area features a 600-foot-long boardwalk into the surrounding wetlands. Visitors and nature lovers will see bald cypress and tupelo trees and watch bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, kingfishers and other wildlife.
Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA at Orange, Texas


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 Tower Plaza and Udrop Inn, Shamrock, Texas, on Historic Route 66
The Tower Plaza and Udrop Inn, Shamrock, Texas

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


The Texas Hill Country

One of our favorite back roads for seeing Bluebonnets, the Texas State Flower, in the Spring - the Willow Loop Road, near Fredericksburg, Texas
One of our favorite back roads for seeing Bluebonnets in the Spring - the Willow Loop Road, near Fredericksburg, Texas


Big Bend Country

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


Visiting Texas?  Click for details about Marfa lodging options, attractions and maps


The Historic Texas Theater, downtown, Marfa, Texas

The Historic Texas Theater, downtown, Marfa, Texas

The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas, close to Marfa and Big Bend National Park
The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas, close to Big Bend National Park


George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The museum's core exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges that shaped George Bush's life and presidency, and frequently changing temporary exhibits present visitors new and interesting perspectives on President Bush, his life and work.

Through artifacts, film, photographs, documents, music, sound effects and interactive videos, this special 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 979.862.2253Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

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 Regional Visitors Center

The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center provides information and assistance to travelers throughout the nine counties of Southeast 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

Charles Bright Visitor Center

Charles Bright Visitor Center in Nacogdoches, Texas

The Historic Town Center, also known as the Charles Bright Visitor Center, is home to the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in the heart of historic downtown.

Here you will find useful information about the history and legends of Texas’ oldest town, stories of early settlers to historical artifacts.

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau



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


Let's Go Dancing in Texas!

Luckenbach, Texas, Established 1849
Luckenbach, Texas, Established 1849

Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas
Gruene Dance Hall, Gruene, Texas


Visiting the Large Texas Urban Areas

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

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

 

... 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

 

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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