This year we took a Duck Tour of Austin and the Capital building. The Duck driver was fun to listen to and he more than once referred to Texas as it's own country and made note that they fly the state flag at the same level as the United States flag, "Because they can". Texans are a proud lot. They do everything in a large way. The shirts and hats sold in souvenir shops announce their Texas pride.
If you haven't been to Texas or the Capital building it is a must see. I don't think I could live in Texas. Driving for nine hours there wasn't much of a variety in the scenery. That's what I love about Oregon. A couple hours and you're in a whole different geography.