Gone to Texas, also known as GTT, was a common phrase in the 19th century utilized by Americans moving to Texas, which at the time was part of Mexico. The phrase was often written on the doors or posted as a sign on fences just before abandoning their property. Gone to Texas was particularly popular as americans were looking to escape debt incurred during the Panic of 1819.

The phrase was made famous after Davy Crockett said “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas,” when he was narrowly defeated for re-election in Tennessee. He soon followed through on that pledge.

The Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development has recently been utilizing the “Gone to Texas” slogan as part of its plan to attract businesses to Texas.

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