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When you think of Texas, think Big. It's a big state, (only Alaska is larger) with a big population (2nd only to California). The buildings are big, the land is big, the ranches are big — even the hats are big. And Texas has so much going for it, it's hard to describe it all. The history of Texas is rich and deep and ready to be explored. From the Spanish and Mexican influences to the Native Americans and Native Texans, each group has made their presence known. Texas is the only state to have flown six flags, which, by the way, is also the name of a great chain of amusement parks. Don't forget the Alamo — and all the other incredibly interesting places to explore the complicated history of Texas. But also remember the many different faces of Texas — the plains, the mountains, the Gulf Coast — there are so many different things to do outdoors, you'll never be able to try them all. Texas is big on its politics and celebrities, but don't judge the whole state by George W. or by what may have happened on the Grassy Knoll in Dallas in 1963. Texas has big cities with big entertainment. Houston doesn't have a problem, it's got an aquarium, a boardwalk and the Space Center. Dallas, or the "Big D," has museums, galleries, parks and the blues. San Antonio has the River Walk, a lively center for entertainment. Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso and Galveston and many more cities are alive and well and vibrant with exciting opportunities to explore. Don't miss your Big chance to see it all.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Texas
  • George Bush
  • George W. Bush
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Alvin Ailey
  • Mary Kay Ash
  • Buddy Holly
  • Carol Burnett
  • Gene Autry
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Willie Shoemaker
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • ZZ Top
  • Joan Crawford
  • Ben Hogan
  • Ross Perot
  • Howard Hughes
  • Willie Nelson
  • Janis Joplin
  • Lee Harvey Oswold
  • Roy Orbison
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Richard Petty
  • Scott Joplin
  • Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Selena Perez
  • Ann Richards
  • Tommy Tune
  • Roger Staubach
  • Dan Rather
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Sissy Spacek
  • Trini Lopez
  • Mary Martin
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Tex Ritter
  • Duane Thomas
  • Sam Houston
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Sam Rayburn
 

 

Local Color

What makes Texas unique
  • The Alamo
  • The Grassy Knoll
  • Six Flags
  • Chicken-fried Steak
  • NASA
  • Longhorn Cattle
  • Riverwalk
  • Dr. Pepper
  • BBQ
  • Fried Pickles
 

 

Nicknames

Texas's alter egos
  • Lone Star State
  • Formerly known as The Republic of Texas
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Texas
  • Energy / Oil
  • Aeronautics
  • Manufacturing
  • Defense
  • Information Technology
  • International commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Farming & Ranching
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Texas
  • Big Bend Country
  • Hill Country
  • The Gulf Coast
  • Panhandle Plains
  • Piney Woods
  • Prairies & Lakes
  • South TX Plains