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THE TEXAS SILHOUETTE

by Brewster Hudspeth
Being instantly recognized isn't the same as being easy to draw.

At one time it was said that two of the most recognized shapes in the world were the old 6.5 oz. Coke bottles and the Texas outline.
Rowena, Texas
Vacant building outside of Rowena, Texas
Runnels County

TE Photo, August 2001
Texas is shaped on one side by the Gulf of Mexico, on three sides by rivers and the four remaining sides are shaped by straight-arrow surveyors. The result is a highly irregular, but pleasing, shape.

Other than Florida and Oklahoma (two other states with panhandles) state outlines just don't measure up to Texas. Of course there are "mutant" states like two-piece Michigan or Maryland with it's three-mile narrowness; but Texas is the only state we know of whose shape is frequently incorporated into tombstone design. Try doing that with Hawaii.

Of course, Texas wouldn't be in the (physical) shape it's in if long-ago legislators hadn't cut loose parts of what is now Colorado and Oklahoma. For once, Texas legislators knew what they were doing.

Texans truly love the outline of Texas - and so do Arkansans, Oklahomans, New Mexicans, Old Mexicans, and Louisianans. They all sleep better knowing that Texas is content and isn't about to take any (more) of their territory.


Known for it's informality, Texas has graciously allowed sign painters some artistic license when it comes to painting representations of the state. While there are currently no silhouette responsibility laws; there are clearly a lot of signs that could be considered a crime against the state.

In this corner of Texas Escapes we feature some of the more, let us say, "creative" representations of the Texas silhouette.
Welcome to Boyd, Texas
Silhouette in green.
Wise County

TE Photo, February, 2004
Like children's drawings, state outlines can be amusing and entertaining. While the artists probably wanted to do a better job, hand and eye coordination is a rare gift.

Some signs were drawn from reputable geography books, while others seem to have been drawn from a distant fifth-grade memory. It's safe to say they were all drawn with love - and of course, that's what counts.
Ledbetter, Texas
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Ledbetter, Texas
Fayette County

TE Photo, November 2004
Texas silhouette in Liberty, Texas
Texas as Arrowhead
Liberty, Texas
Liberty County

TE Photo, September, 2004
A Texas silhouette in Navasota, Texas
Nice job.
Somewhere in Grimes County

TE Photo, May, 2003
Raymondville Texas silhouette
The Red River Straightened. Near Raymondville, Willacy County

TE Photo, June, 2003
Texas silhouette  on vehicle inspection station
"Occupied Louisiana", Tomball, Texas
Harris County

TE Photo, September, 2004
Texas silhouette  on vehicle inspection station
Freeform
Pinehurst, Texas
Montgomery County

TE Photo, September 2004
John Troesser
 
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