Backroads of Texas. The Sites, Scenes, History, People, And by Larry Hodge, Ed Syers

By Larry Hodge, Ed Syers

This re-creation takes you off the foremost highways to find the points of interest, scenes, historical past, and locations that make the Lone superstar country specified.

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In 1992, population was estimated at 17,469,248. More than 200,000 Texans served in World War I, and the state’s topography and climate resulted in a concentration of many military installations. Texas continued as America’s major military center into World War II, when 750,000 Texans were under arms, among them General Dwight D. Eisenhower (born in Denison) and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz of Fredericksburg. The half-century since World War II has been marked by urban development. The Space Age fueled Houston’s growth in the 1960s and ’70s.

All are best avoided. LAKES With more than 6,000 square miles of lakes and streams, Texas is second only to Alaska in the volume of its inland water. At present some 350 lakes and reservoirs exist or are under construction. Concentration is heavier in the eastern half of the state; however, you can find a good lake close by almost anywhere in Texas. These lakes range from such giants as East Texas’ Toledo Bend (181,000 acres), Sam Rayburn (114,000 acres), and Livingston (82,000 acres) to big Texoma (89,000 acres) on the Red River, and Amistad (85,000 acres) and Falcon (87,000 acres), international projects on the Rio Grande.

Czech flavor is found around El Campo, Granger, and West. Most clearly bearing the Polish stamp is tiny Panna Maria. Bosque County around Clifton is Norwegian settled, just as the area near Hamlin is Swedish flavored. In all of South Texas (below San Antonio) as well as along the Rio Grande, the Spanish influence is predominant. Blacks are found principally in major cities and in East Texas. An Outline of Texas History Prehistoric humans have been traced back 40,000 years in Texas, the oldest find being near Lewisville, close to Dallas.

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