Monday, June 2, 2008

Found In Austin: Lone Stars



Everyone knows that Texas is the Lone Star state, but what I didn't know was exactly how many of these lone stars wallpaper every inch of the state. Door knobs, gates, frames, tiles, carpet...you name it, someone, somewhere has put a star on it. Most of these pictures are taken from the Capital building, in downtown Austin, which has beautiful adornments of lone star on every surface.

The Lone Star: A Brief History. The nickname, The Lone Star State, comes from the single star of the former Republic of Texas. The Republic of Texas was a sovereign nation in North America between the United States and Mexico that existed from 1836 to 1845. Formed as a break-away republic from Mexico by the Texas Revolution, the nation claimed borders that encompassed an area that included all of the present U.S. state of Texas. Its southern and western-most boundary with Mexico was under dispute throughout the existence of the Republic, with Texas claiming that the boundary was the Rio Grande, and Mexico claiming the Nueces River as the boundary. This dispute would later become a trigger for the Mexican–American War, after the annexation of Texas.
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3 comments:

Meghan Colvin said...

Love, love, love and love. Thanks Martin! A history lesson and fun images all in one - fabulous!

Andres said...

My favorite is the one on the sewer...

Tess Mattern said...

I agree— I love that they will put it on anything and everything, including a sewer.

It's fantastic that there is THAT much Texas pride down in Austin!