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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame – Waco, Texas

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

No, we’re not talking about a baseball team, we’re talking about the historic Texas Ranger Division, the world-famous law enforcement agency that has been solving crimes in the State of Texas since 1823. Texas Rangers provided protection in the Republic of Texas from 1836 – 1845, and with a brief exception immediately following the Civil War, have done so since Texas became a state. At the present time there are approximately 144 Texas Rangers serving the Texas Department of Public Safety as the State Bureau of Investigation from their present headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Since the beginning, Texas Rangers have been dispatched to investigate murders, squelch riots, make fugitive apprehensions, and serve as paramilitary forces when necessary. Two famous Texas Ranger apprehensions in the Old West include gunfighter John Wesley Hardin and the infamous bank robbers, murderers, and car thieves, Bonnie and Clyde.

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas is located near the site of the original Texas Ranger Fort Fisher, established in 1837. Here visitors will see guns, rifles, Indian artifacts and western art on display. The entire Museum compound includes the Homer Garrison, Jr. museum gallery, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Texas Ranger Research Center and the Headquarters of Texas Rangers Company “F”. Students, authors and movie producers use the Research Center to portray authentic Texas Ranger and Old West garments and munitions.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

100 Texas Ranger Trail

Waco, TX 76706

254-750-8631

Museum Hours: Open 9 am – Close 5 pm Monday-Sunday; last Guest Admitted at 4:30 pm; Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years & snow and ice.

Vist the Texas Ranger’s website here http://texasranger.org/

 

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The Story Of Texas Museum – Austin, Texas

The Story of Texas Museum

Named after a former state Lieutenant Governor, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opened in April of 2001. Funded by the Texas State Legislature and reviewed and approved by respected state historians, the high-tech museum offers numerous interactive exhibits, special effects and an IMAX theatre to provide a Texas experience that is larger than life.

The museum facilities have been thoughtfully and thoroughly designed to encourage use by school teachers and other groups of young people. Educators will find lesson plans and other helpful materials, as well as tour scheduling information

here http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/education/educatorguides.html

and here http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/pdfs/School%20Confirmation%209-22-10.pdf

Families and school groups alike can benefit by advance planning, since there is so much to see and do on all three floors of the museum. The first floor exhibits feature the landscape and native inhabitants of the area long before it was known as Texas, through the time period of the Spanish and French explorers, through the year 1900 when the entire area known as Texas was had been completely mapped out.

The second floor of The Story of Texas Museum traces the adventures of many people and nations in the process of Texas becoming an independent nation. Military battles and political accomplishments are all depicted on a 60-foot video wall with continuous showings. And the third floor points to the economic opportunities throughout the years, and pointing towards the future of the State of Texas. Naturally, the importance of cattle ranching, oil production, space exploration, medicine and technology are featured. Visitors see and hear digital presentation of real people talking about their accomplishments and encouraging us all to our own accomplishments today.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum — The Story of Texas

1800 N. Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas

(512) 936-8746 in Austin or toll free (866) 369-7108

Plan your family or school visit here  http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

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50 Most Famous People from Texas

Wikipedia lists over 2,400 “famous” people who were born, reared or spent a significant portion of their life in Texas.  Most seemed relatively obscure so we thought it’d be easy to narrow the list down to the top 50.  Well, it wasn’t.  We ended up with “contemporary” list of celebrities, politicians, sports stars, actors and musicians from Texas.  If you compare it to the original 2400 from wikipedia I bet you’ll agree that it easy to find the top 50.

“Mean Joe” Greene (born 1946), College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Anna Nicole Smith (1967–2007), model, actress

Barbara Mandrell (born 1948), country singer

Barry White (1944–2003), soul singer and record producer

Billy Gibbons (born 1949), guitarist in ZZ Top

Boxcar Willie (Lecil Travis Martin) (1931–1999), country singer

Carol Burnett (born 1933), actress, comedian, singer, writer The Carol Burnett Show

Chris Cooper (born 1951), Oscar-winning actor, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity, The Patriot

Clint Black (born 1962), country music singer, raised in Houston

Clyde Barrow (1909–1934), Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers

Dan Rather (born 1931), former CBS Evening News anchor

Dennis Rodman (born 1961), former NBA forward, who played primarily with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls

Don Henley (born 1947), musician with rock group the Eagles

Dwight Eisenhower (1890–1969), 34th President of the United States (born in Denison, but raised in Kansas)

Earl Campbell (born 1955), Pro Football Hall of Famer, Heisman Trophy winner

Ernest Tubb (1914–1984), country singer-songwriter

George H.W. Bush (born 1924), Forty-first president of the United States

George Walker Bush (born 1946), Former Governor of Texas and former President of the United States, 2001-2010.

Grant Hill (born 1971), seven-time NBA All-Star small forward for the Phoenix Suns

Howard Hughes (1905–1976), aviator, filmmaker, eccentric billionaire

Janis Joplin (1943–1970), blues/rock singer

Jerry Jones (born 1942), billionaire entrepreneur, oilman, owner of Dallas Cowboys football team

Jimmy Dean (1928–2010), country singer, television personality, businessman

Lady Bird Johnson (1912–2007), former first lady (married to President Lyndon B. Johnson)

Lamar Hunt (1932–2006), founder of American Football League, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League

Lance Armstrong (born 1971), cyclist, seven-time Tour de France winner

Larry Hagman (born 1931), actor, son of actress Mary Martin

Lee Harvey Oswald. assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Lyle Lovett (born 1957), singer-songwriter

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–1973), 36th President of the United States

Mark Cuban (born 1958), billionaire entrepreneur, owner of Dallas Mavericks basketball team

Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001), businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Michael Dell (born 1965), founder of Dell Inc.

Mickey Gilley (born 1936), country musician

Morgan Fairchild (born 1950), actress

Nolan Ryan (born 1947), Baseball Hall of Famer

Pat Green (born 1972), country singer-songwriter

Red Adair (1915–2004), offshore oil field firefighter

Rip Torn (born 1931), actor, cousin of Sissy Spacek

Robert M. Edsel (born 1956), nonfiction writer, oil company founder and innovator

Roger Staubach, Football star turned business titan

Sandra Day O’Connor (born 1930), former associate justice of the Supreme Court; first woman on the high court

Shaquille O’Neal (born 1972), 15-time All-Star center for the Boston Celtics

Steve Martin (born 1945), comedian, actor

T. Boone Pickens (born 1928), energy entrepreneur, philanthropist

Tommy Lee Jones (born 1946), actor

Walter Cronkite (1916–2009), CBS News anchor

Waylon Jennings (1937–2002), country singer

Willie Nelson (born 1933), country singer-songwriter

Willie Shoemaker (1931–2003), most successful jockey in history

 

Leave a comment and tell us who we missed or should’ve left out…

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Texas Movies

Here are some of our favorite movies about Texas – from classic Texas cowboy movies,and westerns to the modern day Texas heroes of Apollo 13.

Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove (1989)

Return to Lonesome Dove
Return to Lonesome Dove

Streets of Laredo
Streets of Laredo

Dead Man's Walk
Dead Man’s Walk

The Alamo
The Alamo

Big Jake
Big Jake

Giant
Giant

Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde

Gone to Texas
Gone to Texas

Sugarland Express
Sugarland Express

Last Picture Show
Last Picture Show

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Waltz Across Texas
Waltz Across Texas

Apollo 13
Apollo 13

Lone Star
Lone Star

Dancer Texas Pop 81
Dancer, Texas Pop 81

Happy Texas
Happy, Texas

Lone Star State of Mind
Lone Star State of Mind

Johnson County War
Johnson County War

Monte Walsh
Monte Walsh

The Last Cowboy
The Last Cowboy

Hopalong Cassidy - Rustlers' Valley / Texas Trail
Hopalong Cassidy

Texas
Texas (1941)

Roll on Texas Moon
Roll on Texas Moon
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Texas Calendars

Bluebonnets Calendar Print

Bluebonnets Calendar

61st Street Pier Galveston Tx Calendar Print

61st Street Pier Galveston Tx Calendar

Cypress Swamp Calendar Print

Cypress Swamp Calendar

Cattle Country Calendar Print

Cattle Country Calendar 

The Battleship Texas Calendar Print

The Battleship Texas Calendar 

The Elissa Calendar Print

The Elissa Calendar Print

Galveston Calendar

Galveston Calendar

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Barbecue: A Texas Love Story

Here in Texas we love our barbecue.  Each weekend Texans all over the Lone Star State start  firing up the grill.

To some, BBQ is serious business. And now there a documentary called Barbecue: A Texas Love Story. It is a fun journey through the Lone Star State to visit BBQ cook-offs, the Salty Dawg cookers at the Mosquito Festival, a church that raises money from the sale of their “Holy BBQ” and more.

The film is narrated by Ann Richards and features commentary by famous Texans such as Dan Rather, Kinky Friedman, Liz Carpenter (chief of staff to President Johnson) and Cactus Pryor (Austin radio host). But the real stars of the movie are people of Texas who shared a laugh and a meal.

From small towns to family reunions, roadside BBQ pits to restaurants, cook offs and festivals – one thing is sure, all over Texas we are cooking and eating barbecue!

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Famous Texas Quotes

“You May All Go To Hell And I Will Go To Texas”
Davy Crockett

“Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called ‘walking.’ ”
George W. Bush

“I’ve traveled all over the world, but I don’t think there is any place better than Texas.”
Red Adair

“Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest.”
Tom Landry.

“I worked around cattle all my life and I guess I learned all there is to know about it, and I think I can sum it all up in one thing: You can’t drink coffee on a running horse.”
Samuel Brenner

“I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You’re either on one side of the line or the other. I don’t want to ever leave Texas again.”
Bum Phillips, Former Houston Oilers coach

“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans.”
John Steinbeck, Author 1962.

“All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, But Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.”
Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas

“I’d rather be a fencepost in Texas, than the king of Tennessee.”
Chris Wall Texas Singer-Songwriter-Austin.

“A born Texan has instilled in his system a mind-set of no retreat or no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans.”
Former Texas Speaker of the House Billy Clayton.

“I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of it’s size until I campaigned it”
Former Governor Ann Richards

“Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas”
Senator William Blakley

“If you’ve ever driven across Texas, you know how different one area of the state can be from another. Take El Paso. It looks as much like Dallas as I look like Jack Nicklaus”
Pro Golfer Lee Trevino.

“I love Texas because Texas is future-oriented, because Texans think anything is possible. Texans think big”
Senator Phil Gramm.

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word”
Author John Steinbeck.

“Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.”
Sam Houston

“Deep down, I’m a Texas girl looking for that big romance every girl dreams about. Biologically, I look forward to being a cornerstone of a family.”
Renee Zellweger

“Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.”
Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas.

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.”
Davy Crockett, 1836.

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I’d like to be in Texas for Roundup In The Spring

“I’d like to be in Texas for Roundup In The Spring”
As sung by many of the greats, including Buck Ramsey, Don Edwards, and Red Steagall.

 In the lobby of a big hotel, in New York town one day,
Sat a bunch of fellers tell’n yarns to pass the time away.
They told of places they had been and different things they’d seen.
Some preferred Chicago and others New Orleans.

In a corner, in an old arm chair, sat a man whose hair was gray.
He listened to them eagerly, to what they had to say.
They asked him where he’d like to be and his clear old voice did ring.
I’d like to be in Texas for the roundup in the spring.

I can see the cattle grazing o’er the hills at early morn,
I can see the campfire smoking at the breaking of the dawn.
I can hear the broncos neighing, I can hear the cowboys sing,
I’d like to be in Texas for the roundup in the spring.

They sat and listened carefully to what he had to say,
For they knew the old man sitting there had been a top hand in his day.
They asked him for a story of his life out on the plains,
Slowly he removed his hat and quietly began.

I’ve seen ‘em stampede over hills till you’d think they’d never stop,
I’ve seen ‘em run for miles and miles until their leader dropped,
I was forman on a cow ranch, the call’n of a king.
I’d like to be in Texas for the roundup in the spring.

I’d like to sleep my last long sleep with mother earth for my bed,
My saddle for a pillow, the bright stars overhead.
Then I could hear the last stampede, the songs of rivers sing,
Way back down in Texas for the round-up in the spring.

I can relate.  Can you?

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This is Texas!

When you’re from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like,

“Do you have any cows?”

“Do you have horses?”

“Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?”

They all want to know if you’ve been to Southfork. They watched Dallas on TV.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It’s Texas. Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he’ll know what it is.

In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup. There is some little bit of Texas in everyone.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom. We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Crockett and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas.

Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.

Texas is “Juneteenth” and Texas Independence Day.

Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.

Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend.

Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas.

Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.

Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.

Texas is Mexican food like nowhere else, not even Mexico.

Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome.

Texas is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Darrell Royal, ZZ Top, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments and Compaq and Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Home of the F-16 Jet Fighter and the JSF Fighter.

Texas is NASA.

Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.

Texas is skies blackened with doves and fields full of deer.

Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities.

Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local High School Football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and for the Night In Old San Antonio and their River Parade.

By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its Flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. Do you know why? Because it is the only state that was a republic before it became a state.

Also, being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our Capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C. and we can divide our state into five states at any time if we wanted to! We included these things as part of the deal when we came on.

Texas even has its own power grid!!

If it isn’t in Texas, you probably don’t need it.

No one does anything bigger or better than it’s done in Texas.

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Top 20 Texas Songs

Here is a list of top 20 favorite Texas songs

1.  “Travelin Texas” – Shake Russell does an amazing job of describing Texas, the Lone Star State. I have been humming it today and it got me to thinking of songs about Texas.

2.  “Amarillo by Morning”

3. “Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas – lol, my MIL from Borger taught me that one a long time ago”

4. “I’m an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande”

5. “Streets of Laredo”

6. “El Paso City by the Rio Grande”

7. “Galveston”

8. “Luckenbach Texas”

9. “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)”

10. “Houston”

11. “Texas River Song”

12 “T for Texas” – Jimmy Rodgers

13. “All My Exes Live in Texas”

14. “Texas Honey” – Gene Kelton

15. “All Alone in Texas” – The Guzzlers

16. “I Saw Miles and Miles of Texas” – Asleep at the Wheel

17. “Half My Heart’s in Texas”

18. “New San Antonio Rose” – Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

19. “Texas Flood” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

20. “Dusty Skies” by Bob Wills

Did we miss anything?  Tell us your favorite Texas songs!