Don’t Mess with Texas

Texas is most commonly known as “The Lone Star State” which comes from the Texas flag being called the “Lone Star Flag”. The three colors on the flag represent the following: red to represent courage, white to represent liberty, and blue to represent loyalty. It was adopted in 1845 when Texas became a state. The large white star was first used on Texas flags in the 1830s during the battles between Texas and Mexico. Texas has had 6 flags total flown in the state hence the phrase “Six Flags over Texas”. The first flag belonged to Spain (1519-1821), the second was the royal banner of France (1685-1690), the third was the flag of Mexico (1821-1836), the fourth belonged to the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), the fifth was the flag of the United States (1845-1861 and 1865-present) and, upon secession, Texas replaced the U.S. flag with one for the Confederate States of America (1861-1865).

Our next stop in the United States of Energy Data series is Texas. Ranking number 29 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other states averaging $11.60 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas with coal and natural gas as the primary source of emission. Texas is the leading crude oil-producing state in the nation (excluding federal offshore areas, which produce more than any single state). If Texas were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 5th largest petroleum-producing nation.

Did you know? Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842. The capital building in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.

What fun facts do you know about Texas?

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