- Four ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Texas in honor of the state.
- Famous for their role in the history of Texas law enforcement, the Texas Rangers continue today to provide special law enforcement services to the state.
- One state holiday, Juneteenth (from "June" + "Nineteenth," its date), commemorates the day in 1865 that the slaves in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation.
- At 311 feet, Texas's capitol building in Austin is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C.
State Designations and Symbols
- state flower — the bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)
- state motto — "Friendship"
- state nickname — The Lone Star State (after the single star on several historical flags of Texas, including the current Texas flag)
- state tree — the pecan
- state bird — the mockingbird
- official state song — Texas Our Texas
- state mammals (three)
- small — armadillo
- large — Texas longhorn
- flying — Mexican free-tailed bat
- Air Force — Commemorative Air Force (formerly known as the Confederate Air Force), based in Midland
- state dance — Square Dance
- state dinosaur — the Brachiosaur Sauropod, Pleurocoelus
- state dish — chili con carne
- state fiber and fabric — cotton
- state fish — Guadalupe bass
- state folk dance — square dance
- state fruit — Texas red grapefruit
- state gem — Texas blue topaz
- state gemstone cut — The Lone Star Cut
- state grass — Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
- state insect — monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
- musical instrument — guitar
- state peppers (two)
- native — chiltepin
- other — jalapeño
- state plant — prickly pear cactus
- state reptile — Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), commonly called the "horny toad"
- state shell — lightning whelk (Busycon perversum pulleyi)
- state ship — the Battleship USS Texas (BB-35)
- state shrub — crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
- state slogan "It's like a whole other country", formerly was "Don't mess with Texas"
- state sport — rodeo
- state stone — petrified palmwood
- state tartan — Texas Bluebonnet Tartan
- state vegetable — Texas sweet onion
The pledge to the Texas Flag is:
Honor the Texas Flag
I pledge allegiance to thee
Texas, one, and indivisible