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Texas was the 28th state to join the United States of America. Texas was officially admitted on December 29, 1845. The state capital is Austin, but the largest city in the state is Houston.

The state abbreviation is TX, and the state covers 268,601 square miles, making it the second largest state in the USA; only Alaska is greater in size.

Here are some official state symbols to help you get to know Texas better.

  • State Nickname - "The Lone Star State"
  • State Mammal (large) - Texas longhorn
  • State Fish - Guadalupe Bass
  • State Flying Mammal - Free-tailed Bat
  • State Fruit - Red Grapefruit
  • State Vegetable - Sweet Onion