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)
The 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 Texas Revolution & the Texas Republic
Amarillo – Texas Panhandle Cowtown
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Del Rio to Sanderson on the Pecos Trail
D’Hanis – French Colony of the Republic
Gladys City and the Spindletop Gusher
The Great Western Cattle Trail
Groom – Life after the Jericho Gap
Hutchinson County – Panhandle Frontier
Hutchinson County, Texas Towns & Places
McLean – Where Time Stands Still
Mission San Antonio de Valero – The Alamo
Navasota, Texas – Train Town USA
The Pecos River & Frontier Folklore
Regulator-Moderator War of East Texas
Salado – Frontier College Town
San Antonio – A Mecca For History Buffs
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
Sanderson – The Town Too Mean For Bean
San Felipe de Austin – First Colony
Shamrock – Texas Main Street City
Texas Energy Museum & The Texas Oil Boom
Vega – Prairie Town in the Panhandle
Washington-on-the-Brazos – Declaring Independence
See our Texas Photo Galleries HERE
© Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated February 2023.