Texas Almanac, 1947-1948 Page: 16
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16 TEXAS ALMANAC -1947-1918
Texas isn't so much a state as a state of mind
If , ou should meet a Texan in Iran or Madagascar or some other out of
the wa. place and ask him where he's from. he won't say "The United States,"
he'll alw a- s say "Texas."
Texans never tire of reminding you that their state is the biggest in the
Union. that it was for ten years an independent nation with ambassadors to
Englnd and France. and that when it joined the Union it reserved the right
to subdiN ide into five states. The chances of this right being exercised are slim,
as then Texas wouldn't be the biggest any moe and rexans would have one
lets thing to brag about.
An unknown traveler crossing Texas recorded its size in this deathless verse:
The sun has riz. the sun has set,
But here ue is. in Texas ,et.
Texa- is in every way a fantastic place. O almost anthing you can name
(including spinach) it produces more than any other state.
Houston is the biggest cit} and grossing by the minute. San Antonio is
more leisurel in its was s. and treasures its popular resot t, and ranches nearly
as much a, the sacred Alamo. which Dav Crockett and his band defended to the
last man. Sophi-ticated Dallas and boisterous Fort Worth enjox a state of un-
declared war. El Paso at the western tip and Brownville at the southern tip,
look across the Rio Grande into Old Mexico.
Scenically. Texas reaches a crescendo in newly-created Big Bend National
Park. which has some of the wildest and weirdest country this side of the moon.
Southern Pacific Lines forms the biggest railroad in Texas. with more miles
of track and serving more large cities and carrying more passengers and freight
than .rm other railroad. bt a prettN wide margin. Also. and this may be news
to Nou. stranger. Southern Pacific Lines in Texas forms the bigge-t single
industrial enterprise m the state. measured by the number of emrplo ees, the
pay roll, the cost for operating equipment. material and supplies and b- various
other Hard-ticks. Natural we're proud to be prominent among the biggest
things in this biggest state.
Southern Pacific Lines
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Texas Almanac, 1947-1948, book, 1947; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117136/m1/18/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.