the Lone Star State, Fun Facts
Texas is called the Lone Star State because of the
state flag's design: a broad vertical blue stripe at left, centered
by a single white star, with horizontal bars of white and red on
the right. Red means courage, White means liberty and Blue stands
for loyalty. The star has five points, one for each letter of the
state's name. The word "Texas" comes from a Hasinai Indian word, "Tejas," which
means friends or allies.
Texas has 624 miles of coastline running
along the Gulf of Mexico. There are 254 counties in Texas. It was
the 28th state to enter the union, joining the United States on
Dec. 29, 1845.
|The Lone Star Flag
State Flag: Known
as the Lone Star Flag
Pledge to the Texas
Flag: "Honor the Texas Flag. I pledge allegiance to
thee. Texas, one and indivisible."
State Capital: Austin, Texas
State Motto: Friendship
State Nickname: The Lone Star State
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Song: "Texas, Our Texas"
The music was written by the late William J. Marsh, and the words by Marsh
and Gladys Yoakum Wright, both of Fort Worth. It was adopted in 1929.
State Flower: Bluebonnet
State Fish: Guadalupe bass
State Dish: Chili
State Fruit: Texas red grapefruit
State Tree: Pecan
State Seashell: Lightning Whelk, found only on the
State Insect: Monarch butterfly
State Mammal: Texas longhorn
State Folk Dance: Square dance
State Gem: Texas blue topaz