Texas – The Lone Star State

Riding the Lone Star Range

Texas Postcard

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Texas – The Lone Star State

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 a bit of old-fashioned Western Grit, you will see craggy mountains, pine forests, canyons, and tall grass prairies.  As you cross this 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 the infamous outlaws Sam Bass and Wild Bill Longley, Indian Wars, the casualties 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. Weiser

Ps. Dave and I both were born 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.


Alamo at Night

The Alamo at night. One can almost imagine those long ago Texian soldiers hunkered down behind these walls listening signs of attack from the Mexican Army.


Big Bend Mountains

Big Bend National Park.


Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 outside of Amarillo. 



Texas Articles:

Adobe Walls – Buffalo & Battles

Adrian – Mother Road Midpoint

Alanreed – Gone Are the Glory Days

Amarillo-Texas Panhandle Cowtown

Haunted Amarillo Natatorium

Bad Men of Texas

Battle of Coleto & The Goliad Massacre

Battle of San Jacinto

Big Bend National Park

William “Billy” Dixon – Texas Plains Pioneer

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

Charles Goodnight – Blazing the Cattle Trails

The Comanche Indians – Horsemen of the Plains

Cynthia Ann Parker – White Woman in Comanche World

Comancheros of the Llano Estacado

Dallas Stoudenmire – Taming El Paso

David “Davy” Crockett – Frontier Hero

David Crockett at the Alamo

Del Rio – Rio Grande River City

Del Rio to Sanderson on the Pecos Trail

D’Hanis – French Colony of the Republic

El Camino Real de los Tejas

El Muerto – The Headless One of South Texas

Fannie Porter – San Antonio’s Famous Madam

Feuds & Range Wars of Texas

Fort Clark – Surviving the Frontier

Fort Davis – Protecting the Trails of Southwest Texas

Fort Duncan – Protecting the Rio Grande

Fort Griffin – Lawlessness on the Brazos

Fort Sam Houston – Mother-in-law of the Army

Fort Stockton

The Ghosts of Fort Phantom

Ghosts of the Historic Ott Hotel in Liberty

Gladys City and the Spindletop Gusher

Glenrio – A Route 66 Casualty

The Great Western Cattle Trail

Groom – Life after the Jericho Gap

Haunted Texas

History & Hauntings of Fort Brown

Hutchinson County – Panhandle Frontier

Hutchinson County, Texas Towns & Places

Samuel Houston – Texas President

Indianola – One Time Port City

Jaybird-Woodpecker War

Jean Lafitte – A “Hero” Pirate

John M. Larn – Vigilante, Outlaw, Lawman

Langtry – Home of the Only Law West of the Pecos

The Lawless Horrell Boys of Lampasas

The Lee Gang – Murder and Thievery on the Texas Border

Mardi Gras History

McLean – Where Time Stands Still

Mission Corpus Christi de San Antonio de la Ysleta Sur, El Paso

Mission Espiritu Santo

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción del Pueblo de Socorro

Mission San Antonio de Valero – The Alamo

Mobeetie – Panhandle Mother City

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Pecos Bill – A Legend of the American West

Pecos Heritage Trail

Presidio de la Bahía, Goliad

Quirky Texas


Redford & the Lost Mission of El Polvo

Regulator-Moderator War of East Texas

Remember the Alamo

Battle of the Alamo

David Crockett at the Alamo

Ghosts of the Alamo

A.J. Royal – One Bad Pecos County Sheriff

Route 66 – Texas Mother Road

Salado – Frontier College Town

Sally Skull – The Scariest Siren in Texas

San Antonio – A Mecca For History Buffs

Ghost Children upon San Antonio’s Railroad Tracks

A Grisly Past at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel

Haunted Menger Hotel in San Antonio

San Antonio Slideshow

San Antonio-El Paso Road

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Sanderson – The Town Too Mean For Bean

Shamrock – Texas Main Street City

Stonehenge II Near Hunt

Terlingua – Best Ghost Town in the Lone Star State

Texas Energy Museum & The Texas Oil Boom

Texas Fun Facts & Trivia

Texas Forts of the Old West

Texas Indian Battles

Texas Postcards

Texas Photo Galleries

The Texas Rangers – Order Out of Chaos

The Texas Revolution

A Tragic Affair in Montgomery (William J. McGrew)

Treasure Hunting in Texas

Vega – Prairie Town in the Panhandle

“Bigfoot” Wallace – A Texas Folk Hero

Wild Bill Longley – A Dangerous Man in Dangerous Times

Writing Credits

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1 thought on “Texas – The Lone Star State”

  1. What is the story of The Lady Of The Lake at Lake Ft. Phantom. I hear there have been many sightings. Wondering if it’s worth investigating

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