Nickname: Lone Star State
Admission to Statehood: December 29, 1845
Animal: Longhorn (large)
Animal: Armadillo (small)
Song: "Texas, our Texas"
Size: 268601 sq. mi
Origin of name: Based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends"
Highest point: Guadalupe Peak; 8,749 feet
Lowest point: Gulf Coast; sea level
Flag: the official state flag of Texas was adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state. The blue in the flag stands for loyalty, the white represents strength and the red is for bravery.