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Offical Name State of Texas
Nicknames The Friendship State, Lone Star State
Abbreviations TX, Tex., US-TX
Origin of Name Tecas - "Friends" in Caddoan Indian language

Official Language None
Admission to Union 29 December 1845
Time Zone Central, Mountain
Official Web Site www.texas.gov

Capital Austin
Largest City Houston
Population 20,851,820 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cotton, livestock

Industry: petroleum and natural gas, steel, banking, insurance tourism

Area 268,561 square miles (695,622 km2)
Major Rivers Brazos River, Red River, Rio Grande
Major Lakes None
Highest Point Guadalupe Peak - 8,749 feet (2,667 meters)
Bordering States Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas
Bordering Country Mexico
Bordering Body of Water Gulf of Mexico

Flag Texas Flag
Motto Friendship
Song Texas, Our Texas
Flower Song Bluebonnets
Slogan It's like a whole other country
Plays The Lone Star, Texas, Beyond Sundown, Fandangle
Tejano Music Hall of Fame Tejano Music Hall of Fame Museum
Air Force Commemorative Air Force
Bluebonnet City Ennis
Bluebonnet Festival The Chappell Hill
Bluebonnet Trail Ennis
Railroad Texas State Railroad
Large Mammal Longhorn
Small Mammal 9-Banded Armadillo
Flying Mammal Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Dog Breed Blue Lacy
Bird Mockingbird
Insect Monarch Butterfly
Fish Guadalupe Bass
Reptile Horned Lizard
Shell Lightning Whelk
Dinosaur Pleurocoelus
Flower Bluebonnet
Fruit Texas Red Grapefruit
Vegetable Sweet Onion
Tree Pecan
Shrub Crape Myrtle
Native Shrub Texas Purple Sage
Plant Prickly Pear Cactus
Grass Sideoats Grama
Pepper Jalapeno Pepper
Native Pepper Chiltepin
Nut Pecans
Bread Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Snack Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Muffin Chocolate Chip
Dish Chili
Cooking Implement Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Stone Petrified Palmwood
Gemstone Texas Blue Topaz
Gemstone Cut Lonestar Cut
Folk Dance Square Dance
Musical Instrument Guitar
Sport Rodeo
Ship U.S.S. Texas
Tall Ship Elissa
Vehicle Chuckwagon
Fiber and Fabric Cotton
Tartan Texas Bluebonnet
Molecule Buckyball

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