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The capital of Texas is Austin.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for Texas: TX
Typical abbreviation for Texas: Tex.
For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "TEX" as the abbreviation for Texas. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "TX" the official abbreviation.
The pronunciation of Texas:
When the people of Texas refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: While the majority of Texas lies in the Central Time (CST/CDT) zone, the counties of El Paso & Hudspeth are in the Mountain Time (MST/MDT) zone. In addition, the northwest corner of Culberson County is in the Mountain Time (MST/MDT) zone.
All of Texas observes daylight saving time.
Nickname for Texas: "The Lone Star State"
State Motto: "Friendship"
State Bird: Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)
State Tree: Sweet Pecan (carya illinoensis)
State Flower: Bluebonnet (lupinus)
State Song: "Texas, Our Texas"
Statehood: Texas became the 28th state on Dec 29, 1845. It was the 7th state to secede from the Union (on Feb 1, 1861) and following the Civil War, it was the 10th Confederate state to be re-admitted (on Mar 30, 1870).
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