How the Lone Star State Came to be
Amongst all fifty of the US states, there are perhaps none more known and cherished than The Lone Star State – Texas. Located in the South, nestled between New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, the largest state also touches borders with Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon. Texas is the only American state that has the flags of six nations. These nations are Mexico, Spain, the United States, France, the Confederate States and the Republic of Texas. The first Declaration of Texas was signed on December 20, 1835. From the rich terracotta hills of Palo Duro Canyon to the picturesque nightlife of San Marcos, you can do just about anything in this massive state.
Texas’ Famous Landmarks
Speaking of massive, check out King Ranch, which is located in Southern Texas. This is the largest ranch in the state. The ranch over 800,000 acres large; making it even bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Founded in the year 1853 by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis, the King Ranch spans six counties in Texas. The ranch is not on one plot of land but four large ones that are called divisions. These divisions are named: Santa Gertrudis, Norias, Laureles, and Encino. If you find a that a ranch is not your style, many of the state parks in Texas offer fun experiences such as guided trail horseback riding from a beginner to an expert.
Another great adventure for the tourist looking for an authentic Texas experience is stock shows. These shows captivate their audiences with their cattle and horse showmanship. Many of the fan favorite rodeos are also present at these shows. With the theme of the old west, you can take a step back in time with the Chisholm Trail, depicting a tale of old western history complete with cowboys, cattle, and ranches.
Some of the Best Employment and Education in the Country
Located in the northwestern part Texas the city of Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University, one of the top universities in the country. Lubbock also called “Hub City” strives as the hub of the southern region known as the South Plains in healthcare, educational, and economic areas. This area is also the cotton- growing field in the world. Because of its low commercial-space rent and central location, Lubbock was chosen by CNNMoney as the twelfth best place to begin a small business. One of the most famous things in Lubbock is without a doubt Texas Tech University.
Texas Tech is the sixth largest college based on enrollment in Texas. Texas Tech offers more than 150 courses through their degrees and has awarded more than 200,000 since the year 1927. The most prominent research projects at the university include pulsed power, epidemiology, wind energy, grid computing, atmospheric sciences, and nano-photonics. Aside from the piece of art that is the Renaissance-inspired campus itself, the university has been acknowledged as having one of the ten best public art collections in America. Not far behind Texas Tech, Lubbock High School has been acknowledged by Newsweek as one of the best high schools in America. Don’t worry about finding a place to stay in the college town, there are many hotels near Texas Tech. These hotels are some of the most reputable in the country and offer a variety of prices, so there something for everyone.
Texas has one of the richest histories in the world. Becoming the 28th U.S. State in the year 1845, Texas has about 13,000 historical landmarks. One of these beautifully constructed landmarks is the Mission San Antonio de Valero, also known as The Alamo. The barracks and chapel from the original fort contain relics and keepsake in remembrance of the fall of Alamo. You can visit this breathtaking landmark is open to the public seven days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
What Makes Texas an All-Rounder State
Not everything in Texas is about history or ranches, in fact, Austin the state’s capital is considered the capital of live music in the world. Austin is ranked by Forbes as the number one city for employment and other demographic rankings. Some of the best nightclubs and restaurants in the state can be found in Houston- the fourth largest city in America. Texas is also home to the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and many more. Houston is also where the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is located.
The University of Texas, located in Austin is also ranked by Forbes at 74 out of 650. Texas has the world’s largest urban districts of arts in the entire country. Texas also some of the prominent presence in the areas of theater and symphony. Texas is not just for adults, you can bring to children without fearing their boredom to one or all of the many amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, and zoos the southern state has to offer or you can also The State Fair of Texas.