DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 29, 2020) – In Issue 137 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps it’s all about the Lone Star State.

Everything is Big Here

Texas.  Belongs to Nature for about 4.5 billion years.   Among the humans, it belonged to Native Americans for about 15,000 years; to France – the first European power to claim this land – for 3 years; to Spain for 131 years; to Mexico for 15 years; then, to itself as an Independent Republic for 10 years.

Finally, Texas joined the Union on this day in 1845.

When you think of Texas, is it about cowboys, steers, oil, JFK’s assassination in 1963, NASA (“Houston, we have a problem”), America’s Team (you have to be a certain age for this – the Cowboys), J. R. Ewing (once again, a certain age person might think of the TV show “Dallas”), Bobby Knight’s post Indiana coaching at Texas Tech, the Alamo, or something else?

This is Gray’s map of Texas from 1880, with the western portion of the state still under-developed.

Texas map – 1880 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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