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The Lone Star State has a very close connection to Mexico, its culture and its people, and with all the history-changing events that have taken place in Texas, it’s no surprise that 11,621 historical markers are found within its borders.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Texas, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
Top points of interest include Capital City Austin, Big Bend National Park, glitzy cities of Dallas and Houston, Guadeloupe Mountains, historic Galveston, Gulf of Mexico coastline, Hill Country, NASA (Johnson Space Center) at Clear Lake, Padre Island National Seashore, the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Alamo, numerous Spanish missions sprinkled across the state, and so much more…
- Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
- Times to Travel: With world class attractions and cities, thousands of historical points of interest, stunning scenery and natural beauty, Texas offers an exciting family vacation destination any time of the year.
Climate: Typically in Texas, weather conditions are consistently dry and hot along its southwestern border with Mexico; The Gulf Coast is generally hot and humid with very mild winters; central and north, summers are also hot, but with colder winters. Winter snow and colder conditions are common northwest in the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Texas, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
Statewide, the average high temperature in July is in the high 80s, while in January, the statewide high temps reach the mid-50s.
Texas rainfall varies, with up to 20 inches per year in the west, 30-35 inches central, and much higher amounts in the east and southeast along the Gulf of Mexico.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 59/15 (Feb) 63/17 (March) 72/22 (April) 79/26
May 85/29 (Jun) 91/39 (July) 95/35 (Aug) 96/35
(Sept) 90/32 (Oct) 82/28 (Nov) 72/22 (Dec) 72/17
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 39/4 (Feb) 42 /6 (March) 51/11 (April) 60/15
May 67/19 (June) 71/22 (July) 74/23 (August) 70/21
(September) 70/21 (October) 60/16 (November) 50/10 (December) 41/5
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island, which is part of the US state of Texas, is the second longest barrier island in the United States after Long Island. The island is located on the southern coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. It is especially sought after for its endless white sandy beaches at its southern end. The island is named after Father José Nicolas Ballí, who lived between 1770 and 1829. He organized fundraisers here to help and build churches in the Rio Grande Valley and also founded the first missions in what is now Cameron County.
Padre Island is about 209.2 km long, stretching from the city of Corpus Cristi in the north to South Padre Island in the south. At the northern end, the island is connected by road to the neighboring island of Mustang Island. The southern end is separated from Brazos Island by the Brazos Santiago Pass.
The island is very sparsely populated, the only towns you will find at its southern end. The central part of the island is preserved in its original untouched state, there is wild nature and many animals live here. Since 1964, the island has been divided into two parts, North Padre Island and South Padre Island, which were created by the construction of the artificial channel Port Mansfield Channel. All of Padre Island is located in Cameron, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces and Willacy counties.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is located near the town of Brownsville, Texas and protects the area where a significant battle of the American-Mexican War took place on May 8, 1846 – the Battle of Palo Alto. This war was declared in May 1846 by then US President James K. Polk, who also decided to fight for the plains in the Palo Alto area. It was the first major conflict over the border area between the two states. The United States eventually won the battle after the army invaded Mexico.
This victory marked further ground for an American invasion, and the United States could thus continue to occupy northeastern Mexico, the area south of the Rio Grande. The war ended on February 2, 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This treaty provided the US with an expansion of more than half a million square kilometers.
The National Park Service has taken under its protection more than a third of the territory of this battlefield and created a national historic site here. The rest of the territory is still the property of private owners. There is even a rare type of hard-leaved shrub in the field – Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa). This taller dicotyledonous plant is found here in an unusually high concentration and is also the reason why the area has been designated as protected. The Palo Alto Battlefield is therefore not only important from a historical point of view, but also from a naturalistic point of view.
There is a visitor center in the park where you can view various exhibits related to this battle and learn about its causes and consequences. You can also watch a video of about 15 minutes called “The War of the Rio Grande”. An educational trail about a kilometer long leads around the battlefield and there are educational interpretation panels on it. Since 1978, the Palo Alto Battlefield has been a National Historic Site, and in 1992 the boundaries were slightly modified. In 2009, the place even became a National Historical Park.