Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 8, 2014

Destination America~TEXAS~by rldubour

Monday!!! time to journey from the great state of Tennessee to the great state of Texas! (alpha order)  A little bit of history mixed with poetry.



The residents are called Texans
The nickname is the “Lone Star State.”
For liberty and independence
Is why the Alamo met her fate.


The name comes from the Spanish
This means “Friends or Allies.”
The animal is the armadillo
The insect is the Monarch butterfly.


Texas possesses three of the top ten
Most populated cities in the nation.
Houston, Dallas and San Antonio
Something for general information.


The state bird is the mockingbird
The official tree is the pecan tree.
The bluebonnet is the flower and
The Alamo is the cradle of Texas liberty.


The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home
Of the only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
And Brazoria County has more species of birds
Than any other place that one can name.


In Galveston in 1900 over 8000 deaths recorded
In U.S. history this disaster still ranks number one.
And built entirely over the water is the Flagship Hotel
On Seawall Boulevard in Galveston.


Built in 1870 in Waco and still in use today
Is the first Suspension bridge in the nation.
Fifteen years later in Waco, Dr Pepper was
Invented with secret ingredients as a foundation.


The world’s largest assortment of roses

Are found in The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden.

It contains over 38,000 rose bushes

With 500 varieties set on a 22-acre Eden.


There are eight professional Sports teams

In this state.

And now it’s time for famous Names

That we can all relate.


Barrow, Bush, Perot and Willie Nelson

Burnett, Holly. Ashe and Austin

O’Connor, Rather and Eisenhower

Roy Orbinson and Lyndon Johnson.


Statehood, December 29, 1845 28th state

Capital is Austin


In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin. Sam Houston the most famous Texan was actually born in Virginia
There is NO DOT after Dr in Dr Pepper. Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Ranger The Houston Comets are the only team in the country to win four back-to-back WNBA championships. 1997-2000 Cynthia Cooper remains the only player to win the WNBA Championship MVP.  The Republic of Texas tried for nearly 10 years to join the United States. Finally on Dec. 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state. The following year, war broke out between the United States and Mexico over the boundary between Texas and Mexico. The Mexican War ended in 1848. Mexico gave up all claims to Texas using the Rio Grande as the new boundary between the two countries.
Beginning in the 1860s, many Texans established huge cattle ranches. Cattle-drives ended during the 1880s with expansion of railroads through Texas. Settlement increased during this time, settlers farming much of the western plains. The Texas Rangers, organized in 1835, protected the growing settlements from Indians and dangerous outlaws. Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation. The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845. Texas is second in size only to Alaska.


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