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Five interesting facts about Texas

February 20, 2019

Today an historic anniversary

Texas was admitted as the 18th state of the union Dec. 29, 1845. The state government was installed formally in Austin on Feb. 19, 1846, 173 years ago today.

Capital known for concerts

Austin also is known as the live-music capital of the world. The annual South by Southwest Festival is held there each spring and returns from March 8-17 this year.

Lone Star state for a reason

Texas is known as the Lone Star State. That, in part, is because of its status as an independent nation from 1836-45.

Lots of land

Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4 percent of the nation’s total area.

High cattle count, too

The state’s cattle population is estimated to be about 16 million.