The 10 Most Significant Events in Texas History

Texas has a long and vibrant history which is detailed in our Texas history timeline. If we were forced to summarize Texas history into 10 events, we’d say these are the most significant events that make Texas what it is today. 1519 – Texas coastline first explored and mapped by Alonso Alvarez de Pineda. January, … Read more

Is Texas Friendly? We stand behind our “Friendship” motto!

The Texas state motto, “Friendship” was adopted by the Forty-first Texas Legislature in February 1930 and the word “Texas” comes from the Caddo Native American word for “friends.” Even the “Welcome to Texas” border signs on the highway claim, ” “Drive Friendly — the Texas Way.”  But are Texas residents really friendly? I’ve visited a lot of US … Read more

My Texas Copperhead Snake Bite – A True Story

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, adjacent to one of the Army Corp of Engineer lakes with hundreds of heavily forested acres. So we have a good amount of wildlife crossing through our property including deer, coyotes, skunks, bobcats and lots of snakes. I generally see a half-dozen rat snakes on our property each … Read more

Bonnie and Clyde – The Texas Crime Spree

Although it’s been over 85 years since their deaths, Texas-born Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are still among the most infamous couples in American history.  The multi-state Borrow Gang crime spree included Texas stops in Dallas, Celina, Lufkin, Hillsboro, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, Prosper, Grapevine, Ponder, Grand Prairie, and many more Texas locations. Clyde Chestnut Barrow … Read more

Why Are Texans So Proud of Texas?

The people, the landscapes, the sheer size: there are a whole host of reasons that Texans wear their state pride like a badge of honor. But perhaps the main reason that people from Texas are so darn proud is because of their state’s unique and deep roots within American history. Founded in 1845, Texas is … Read more

What kind of Lizards live in Texas?

There are a wide variety of lizard-friendly habitats found in Texas with plenty of anoles, geckos, iguanas, horned, whiptails, skinks, and leopards.  In the eastern and western thirds of Texas, the Texas spiny lizard is the most common lizard. The Texas spiny lizard is arboreal, which means it spends most of its time in trees. … Read more

What is the official state animal of Texas? We’ve got 8 of them!

The Lone Star state has no shortage of state animals. Instead of choosing just one state animal, Texas chose 8 different animals, the Northern Mockingbird, the Nine-banded Armadillo, the Texas Longhorn, the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, the Blue Lacy, the Texas Horned Lizard, the Monarch Butterfly, and Guadalupe Bass to represent the diversity of Texas’s culture … Read more

How Big is Texas? You Won’t Believe How Huge It Is!

Big Texas Map

Texas is Big. Nobody will dispute that. But how big is big? Texas is the second-largest state in the US with an area of 268,597 square miles or 171,902,080 acres. In comparison, Texas is about 1.65 times larger than California, at 163,696 square miles. Texas is not the largest state, however. Alaska, the largest state … Read more

Columbus Texas History

Columbus was first settled in 1823 by members of Stephen Austin’s colony. It is located some fifty miles from the mouth of the Colorado River. The town was established at the site of an Indian village called Montezuma.The town, which is the county seat of Colorado County, became a cotton shipping point. It later developed … Read more