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Monday, December 29, 2014

Texas: Authentic Western Snapshots (amid Colors of Splendor)

This Day in History: December 29, 1845

Texas, The Lone Star State, The Beef State, The Banner State, The Blizzard State, The Jumbo State

Texas State Motto: Friendship 

A Bit of Trivia...

Remember the Alamo
The Alamo was once a Spanish mission that was turned into a battleground for Texas independence. Mexican soldiers, lead by Santa Anna, outnumbered, attacked, and defeated the Texans and Tejanos who sought refuge in the mission. The quote, “Remember the Alamo” was the war cry of those soldiers who later attacked and defeated Santa Anna. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state's most popular historic site.

Bluebonnet Lake Vista Texas Sunset  
A hardy winter annual native to Texas, the Bluebonnet was adopted as the "State Flower of Texas". This is the most commonly seen variety along roadsides and in uncultivated pastures throughout the state. Flowers are densely arranged on a spike with a characteristic ice white terminal tip.
How did Texas get its name?
Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teyshas" (meaning "friends" or "allies"). In the 1540s Spanish explorers took this to be a tribal name, recording it as Teyas or Tejas. It came eventually to mean an area north of the Rio Grande and east of New Mexico. The alliance concept is also incorporated into the state motto, which is simply "Friendship."
Probably the best known nickname for Texas is The Lone Star State, which originates from the star on the 1836 flag of the Republic of TexasThis flag, and subsequent variations of it, all featured a lone star, representing defiance, pride and — most importantly — independence from Mexico. The world-famous "Lone Star" is not only found on the Texas flag but also the great seal, the state commemorative quarter, and is recognized as the official state gemstone cut of Texas. Reference to The Beef State is perhaps more likely to be heard in connection with Nebraska; however, "The Beef State" is also one of the nicknames for Texas. This is attributed to the state's cattle ranching and beef production. The nickname, The Banner State, signifies a leading position, a front-runner, and probably originated from Texas' political influence based on her large population. Texas has also been called The Blizzard State because of the frequent wind storms which sweep over the state.
And finally...Texas became known as The Jumbo State. In 1882, P.T. Barnum brought the largest African elephant ever kept in captivity from London to the United States to be used in his circus. The elephant's name was Jumbo. The elephant came to signify anything that was unusually large. Texas, the largest state in the Union, became known as "The Jumbo State" at that time.
To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."
The first European setters in Texas were Spanish missionaries who founded San Antonio in 1718. The frontier forts and American Indian Warssilent sentinels of a bygone era, are a testament to the frontier days of Texas. African-Americans, European immigrants, and Anglo-Americans came to remote regions of Texas to guard the mail routes and wagon roads, and to protect the settlers moving west. After many smaller insurrections, the Texas Revolution secured Texas' independence from Mexico in 1835. Texas eventually negotiated with the United States and joined the Union on December 29, 1845, as the 28th state. The largest river in Texas is the Rio Grande and the capital of Texas is Austin.

Texas is located in the south central part of the United States.

Texas State Flag

Texas State Seal

Texas State Seal Reverse

Texas boasts a plethora of designated state emblems. Catch a few in the video with some close-ups presented afterward.
Texas State Sport: Rodeo

Texas State Flower: The Bluebonnet

Texas State Bird: Mockingbird


Texas State Shell: The Lightening Whelk

In 2009, a resolution was passed to amend the name of the Lone Star State Dinosaur changing it from the Braciosaurus to Paluxysaurus Jonesi. It is estimated that this dinosaur measured 70 feet long and 12 feet high at the  shoulder, and weighed as much as 20 tons.
 For all State Symbols of Texas click HERE!

Authentic Western Snapshots
(amid Colors of Splendor)

Intriguing shades of brown
Absorbed in the serene
Hues of espresso and latte
 Monopolize the scene

  Authentic Western snapshots
Roping of longhorn steer
Boots, spurs, cowboy hats
 True Texas atmosphere

Dotting the horizon
Pump jack dinosaurs appear
 Some up close and personal
Pumping oil year after year

See beyond the obvious
  Grandeur to behold
Tallgrass prairies during sunset
Shimmer as spun gold


Multi-faceted splendor
Fields, pastures, open ranges
Bold as though hand painted
As each season changes

Once twiggy mundane landscapes
Now blankets of bluebonnet blooms
Petals stretch along countryside roads
Aromatic scents, finest perfumes


Under the expanse of bluest skies
'Til the turn of each new century
Eyes blink at shutter speed
Etching splendor into memory

Texas Facts and Trivia

During 2014, all 50 states have been covered according to the month in which each became a state of the union. Learn more about America, the Beautiful - the home of the free and the land of the brave. Take time to See the USA! Flying Over America will take your breath away so don't forget to exhale! 

After clicking the links above, click the image below, visit each state, but especially your home state!