Whether you are a lifelong Texan or just a history buff, there are a few interesting things to know about the state flag for the Lone Star state. Here are a few facts regarding Texas flag history that are worth knowing.
The flag was adopted on January 25, 1839, by what was called the Republic of Texas. This emblem featured the same design we think of today for the Texas flag which consists of the horizontal red and white fields and a blue upper corner field with a single star.
When looking at Texas flag history, you can't ignore the symbolism of the colors. While the red, white, and blue stand as a tribute to the United States today, the colors also stand on their own merit with blue standing for loyalty, red for bravery, and white for purity. The star declares that all Texans are unified as one "for God, State, and Country."
The name Lone Star state actually hails from the flag design because of the one star.
The Texas flag was meant to show independence from Mexico when it was introduced. Prior to this being the official flag, there was a flag in 1836 which served as a blueprint for what would become the official flag in
The flag is similar in appearance to the Chilean flag which has caused some confusion over the years. In fact, the Chilean flag was erroneously used on voter ballots by mistake in a Texas election for several years.
The world's largest Texas flag is 100 feet by 150 feet and is usually seen at football games for the Longhorns.
The state of Texas takes its flag seriously which is why it is in the Texas Statues that the flag should never touch the ground or be used as a décor item in a distasteful manner.
Many Texans like to brag about their state and claim that their state is the only one allowed to fly the state flag on equal par with the national red, white, and blue. This is only partly true. The state flag in any state can be flown at equal height with the American flag, but never flown above the national flag as this would be a sign of disrespect.