Texas became a state in 1845, joining the Union as its then-largest state, which it remained until the arrival of Alaska on the scene later. Texas is the third-biggest state by population, and despite its reputation as a solidly conservative red state, it contains multitudes. Its largest city, Houston, is a cultural center with great museums and also the headquarters of NASA operations. Houston is also where people in the oil industry conglomerate, to make their fortunes from the fabulously wealthy oilfields both onshore and off. However, Texas is also home to some of the best sun and wind out there, meaning that it's a leader in renewable energy too.
Texas' capital is Austin, which prides itself on being a progressive center full of theater, new ideas, and of course, lots of really weird people. Austin is not the wealthiest city, ceding that crown to Houston, but it is the power center of the state and one of the most diverse and innovative cities in the US.
The state is also home to vast ranches that host some of the world's greatest cattle herds. You can drive for miles and only see a cow here and there, but that's just a sign of how big it all is! Dotted around this splendid fertile plain are Texas' small towns, like Rockport, Amarillo, Plano, and more. These are where salt-of-the-earth small town folk live and where you might go to hear some great country music or perhaps attend a rodeo or a cattle auction. All these different cultures and places make up the diversity that is Texas - so give us a clue or two, and we'll figure out which of them made you who you are!
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