History Along America’s Highways
Republic of Texas achieved its independence from Mexico in 1836, the
same year as the famous siege of the Alamo in which pioneers Jim
Bowie and Davy Crockett were slain.
The "Lone Star State" was
the 28th state to join the Union, admitted in 1845. The name Texas
is a Spanish name, which comes from an Indian word meaning "friends"
Texas is the second-largest state in the Union
in area, after Alaska. Although it has a wild, frontier history,
today Texas is a major producer of oil and has important centers of
industry and finance.
A Texas state historian has said that
the state flower, the bluebonnet, "is to Texas what the shamrock is
US Route 66 - Texas
Route 66 Bridge over the Chicago, Rock Island, and Gulf Railroad, Shamrock
Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café, Shamrock
McLean Commercial Historic District, McLean
Route 66, SH207 to Interstate 40, Conway
U.S. Route 66-Sixth
Street Historic District, Amarillo
Vega Motel, Vega
Glenrio Historic District, Glenrio