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Cross-Cultural State Resource

Texas

Texas State Map - EVSP

History: Texas became a state on December 29th, 1845. It was the 28th state to join the United States.

Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.

Famous People from Texas: Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger, Nolan Ryan, Patrick Swayze, Beyoncé, Steve Martin, Jim Parsons (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-texas for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Austin, Texas
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Lone Star State”
    Some say that the star represented Texas’ former status as an independent nation.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth
  • Average Climate: 42-96°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Chili, chicken fried steak, queso, kolaches, sweet tea, tex mex, hamburgers, breakfast tacos, pecan pie (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/texas/iconic-food-tx/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://gotexas.about.com/

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Texas is available at http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/tx/articles/texass-best-historic-sites

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Texas include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Major league sports teams in Texas include:

Minor league sports teams in Texas include: