Texas - Rough Guides Professional Review and Guide
"Still cherishing the memory that it was from 1836 to 1845 an independent nation in its own right, Texas stands apart from the rest of the United States. While its sheer size – eight hundred miles from east to west and nearly a thousand from top to bottom – gives it a great geographical diversity, is firmly bound together by a shared history, culture and ideology. Independence is key to the Texan mentality, from the overriding distrust of government – any government – to the absence of unionized labor. As the old anti-litter campaign put it, “Don’t mess with Texas.”
Texas is, after all, named for a Native American word meaning friend, tejas, and a visit here, especially to the Panhandle or the Hill Country, is not for those who want to be alone. This eTrail is a chapter excerpted from the book "The Rough Guide to USA." It is packed with information on this state including history, getting there and getting around, major cities and regions, and what to do and where to stay when you get there."