Our state was born on this day in 1836. She started out kinda slimy and ugly like most babies do, but she’s grown into a grand old dame.

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Sure, she’s got her problems (as Fort Worth Weekly likes to remind everybody). But we never forget there’s plenty to love.

Inexpensive housing, wide-open spaces, interesting and friendly people, no income tax…you know what I’m talking about.

A YouTube search for “Happy Birthday Texas” led to these sites, proving my point about our state’s interesting and friendly people: