Texas – The Lone Star State

Texas Capitol in Austin by Kathy Alexander.

Texas Capitol in Austin by Kathy Alexander.

Texas Postcard

Greetings from Texas Postcard. Available at Legends’ General Store.

The word Texas comes from the word “teysha,” meaning “hello friend” in the language of the Caddo Indian tribes, and the state’s motto is “Friendship.”  The people of Texas live by those words and welcome you to the Lone Star State. With more than 267,000 square miles, everything really is bigger in Texas.

With four national forests, two national parks, 120 State Parks, and a wealth of history, the State of Texas will provide you with miles of entertainment.

Sprinkled with some old-fashioned Western Grit, you will see craggy mountains, pine forests, canyons, and tallgrass prairies. As you cross the second-largest state in the nation, you can experience everything from cowboys to High Tech Urban Sprawls. Texas offers something for everyone!

On these pages, you will read about infamous outlaws, such as Sam Bass and Wild Bill Longley, the Indian Wars, the towns and icons of Route 66, the ghost towns of Texas, and much more.

Enjoy your travels in Texas, and welcome to the Lone Star Legends.

Kathy R. Alexander

Ps. Dave and Kathy were both born and raised in Texas and have birth certificates to prove it… if ever necessary (wink)

Texas Flag

Texas FlagThe Texas flag was adopted when Texas became the 28th state in 1845. As with the flag of the United States, the blue stands for loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red is for bravery.

The Alamo at night, San Antonio, Texas by Kathy Alexander.

The Alamo at night. One can almost imagine those long-ago Texian soldiers hunkered behind these walls listening to signs of attack from the Mexican Army. Photo by Kathy Alexander.


Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park. Photo by Kathy Alexander.


A storm rolls in at Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas. Photo by Dave Alexander.

A storm rolls in at Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas. Photo by Dave Alexander.



Feuds & Range Wars of Texas

Ghost Towns in Texas

Haunted Texas

Historic Forts & Presidios

Historic Texas People

Quirky Texas

Route 66 – Texas Mother Road

Spanish Missions in Texas

Texas Indian Battles

The Texas Revolution & the Texas Republic

Treasure Hunting in Texas

Texas Photo Galleries


Adrian – Mother Road Midpoint

Amarillo – Texas Panhandle Cowtown

Big Bend National Park

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

Del Rio – Rio Grande City

Del Rio to Sanderson on the Pecos Trail

D’Hanis – French Colony of the Republic

El Camino Real de los Tejas

Gladys City and the Spindletop Gusher

Glenrio – A Route 66 Casualty

The Great Western Cattle Trail

Groom – Life after the Jericho Gap

Hutchinson County – Panhandle Frontier

Hutchinson County, Texas Towns & Places

Mardi Gras History

McLean – Where Time Stands Still

Mission San Antonio de Valero – The Alamo

Navasota, Texas – Train Town USA

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Pecos Heritage Trail

The Pecos River & Frontier Folklore


Regulator-Moderator War of East Texas

Remember the Alamo

Battle of the Alamo

David Crockett at the Alamo

Ghosts of the Alamo

Salado – Frontier College Town

San Antonio – A Mecca For History Buffs

San Antonio-El Paso Road

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Sanderson – The Town Too Mean For Bean

San Felipe de Austin – First Colony

Shamrock – Texas Main Street City

Stonehenge II Near Hunt

Texas Energy Museum & The Texas Oil Boom

Texas Fun Facts & Trivia

Texas Postcards

Vega – Prairie Town in the Panhandle

Washington-on-the-Brazos – Declaring Independence

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