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On this day – Texas became our 28th state

December 29

On December 29, 1845, Texas entered the Union as our 28th state. It is the largest state in the continental U.S. and the second largest state by population in the country.

Reflecting its huge size, the state contains the largest ranch in the nation, King Ranch, which is bigger than the state of Rhode Island!

Did you know? Texas was its own nation, the Republic of Texas, for nearly a decade before joining the United States.

What’s in a name? Texas comes from a Native American word for “friends” or “allies.”

 

Blue Bonnets at Late Afternoon, Julian Onderdonk, 1915

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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December 29
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