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Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Federal Government


Exterior of post office and federal courthouse building
Post office and federal courthouse, Texarkana

INDEPENDENT IN THOUGHT, DEPENDENT IN DEED

Historically, Texans have typically attempted to call the shots when it comes to self-governance. The Mexican Federal Republic found that out in 1833 when a proposed constitution was drafted to create a separate state within the Mexican Republic. By 1836 the Constitution of the Republic of Texas signaled a call to war and independence. Never content to accept the rebellion, Mexico continued to claim its dominance over the newfound Republic, a battle of wills and soldiers that remained unresolved until the United States agreed to annex Texas, making it the 28th state to join the nation. The alliance was short-lived, however, as Texas seceded from the nation over the issue of slavery, only to rejoin the country in defeat. Today, the Federal government facilitates the economic and social well-being of the state and its citizens across a spectrum of programs and institutions. The state’s booming oil and gas industry, its wind energy industry, educational institutions, the space industry, libraries, transportation, health care, the arts, manufacturing, trade, and its infrastructure such as highway construction and maintenance all benefit from federal support. Although calls for secession still arise occasionally, the issue has actually been settled for over a century. The U.S. Supreme Court, in its 1869 decision Texas v. White, ruled that no state has the right to unilaterally secede.

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Upcoming Events

  • December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Eisenhower Birthplace SHS
    609 S. Lamar Ave
    Denison  Texas  75021
    United States

    Home Front Christmas Saturdays

  • December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

    Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
    890 W State Hwy 56
    Bonham  Texas  75418
    United States

    Join us for our annual Holiday Open House. This year's theme: "A World War I Christmas." Enjoy guided tours of "Mr. Sam's" decorated home, refreshments and crafts for children. Free admission.