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Horse show competitions, carnival, fun shopping and big name entertainment that delights millions visitors every year. Texas means "those who are friends" and Texans takes pride in the states reputation for warmth and hospitality. Bandera, Texas, definitely symbolizes, in many ways this "Cowboy State".

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11th Street Cowboy Bar provides one of the most
memorable outdoor venues in the state of Texas

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There are rodeos all summer long and monthly events that give you plenty of excuses to head to the Wild West. Just check the Bandera County Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.banderacowboycapital.com, to find the best time for a Hill Country outing. When you come, make sure you hit a few hot spots that are a reminder of the Bandera I used to visit in the 1960s, driving up from Houston. Bandera folks innately understand the contributions that cowboys have made to the American West long before they were recognized by the U.S. Senate.


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The horse and equine folks in Texas are mighty friendly, warm, and fun loving people. They enjoy thousands of acres on which to enjoy their equine friends. It is little wonder that the word Texas means,  "those who are friends."  The month of April is generally the best month for extended trails as this is the wildflower month in Texas, especially in the Hill Country, with its annual Wildflower
Celebration from April 3 to April 23 which coincides with the peak bloom.

Texas with nearly a million horses (978,822) leads the nation with the most horses of any state. California comes in second with 698,345 horses and significantly more race tracks than the lone star state. For this reason California leads all states in horse related job creation and economic impact.

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It is good to know that horse property buyers looking for Texas horse property, or rural homes for sale in Texas are, in many respects, going to the source where ranching began. Texas has a colorful ranching history that traces back to the time when Texas belonged to Spain. Mexico acquired Texas in 1821 when they won independence from Spain, but then in 1836, with a cry of remember the Alamo, Texas won its independence and became a sovereign nation. Its flag featured a lone star, and still today, Texas is known as the lone star state. In 1846, Texas was annexed to the United States.

The number of buyers seeking Texas ranches for sale and Texas land for sale has increased significantly in recent years. Horse ranches in Texas represent a $39 billion dollar industry, and this number triples with consideration of ancillary businesses, making Texas the number one state for horse ranching.

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Cattle ranching has been a major Texas industry for nearly three centuries. The decline of the Spanish missions gave rise to the private raisers. The famous cattle drives originated in Texas after the Civil War when ranchers began to seek for new beef markets outside of the war torn south, using routes such as the famous Chisholm Trail, and the Goodnight-Loving Trail named after Charles Goodnight, whose Texas Panhandle ranch operation covered more than a million acres with over one hundred thousand head of cattle. Food service on these trails was provided by the chuck wagon, also named after Charles Goodnight.

Eventually the railroads replaced the cattle drives as a means to market, and by the end of the nineteenth century, Texas led the nation in production of cattle and cotton farming. Cotton remained the primary cash crop into the twentieth century. In 1901, the discovery of the Spindletop oilfield near Beaumont Texas brought oil to the forefront of Texas economy, and industrialization caused a burst of urbanization and the development of major cities such as Houston and Dallas. But Texas is a big state with lots of land; ranching and farming persisted throughout the twentieth century and today still remain essential to the state's economy.

Texas horse property land for sale, as well as rural homes in Texas offer amenities that include relatively large amounts of acreage, facilities, water development, and grazing land or access to grazing land. Some Texas ranches for sale are devoted exclusively to cattle ranching. Others are set up as horse ranches. Some are exclusive to sheep or Angora goats. Texas is not only geographically quite large (second only to Alaska as the nation's largest state) but it is also geographically quite diverse. West Texas is dry and prone to drought with sparse vegetation, while heavy humidity and dense forests cover much of east Texas. Texas land for sale can vary in price. South Texas and Texas Hill Country prices can be ten times or more the price of land in the Texas Panhandle, because of the beautiful scenery, water supply, and rolling grassy hills. But regardless of where, thousands of buyers have found Texas land for sale and Texas ranches for sale to be an excellent investment. For horse property and equestrian buyers who are searching for Texas horse property, or rural homes for sale in Texas are, in many respects, going to the source where ranching began. Texas has a colorful ranching history that traces back to the time when Texas belonged to Spain. Mexico acquired Texas in the early 1800s and then in 1836, and by winning the battle at the Alamo, Texas won its independence and became a sovereign nation. Its flag featured a lone star, and today Texas is known as the lone star state. In 1846, Texas was annexed to the United States.

The number of buyers seeking to buy Texas ranches has increased significantly in recent years. Horse ranches in Texas represent approximately $40 billion dollar industry, and this number triples with consideration of related businesses, making Texas the number one state for horse ranching.
Cattle ranching (with its use and need of horses) has been a major Texas industry for nearly three centuries. The decline of the Spanish missions gave rise to the private raisers.

Eventually the railroads replaced the cattle drives as a means to market, and by the end of the nineteenth century, Texas led the nation in production of cattle and cotton farming. Cotton remained the primary cash crop into the twentieth century. In 1901, the discovery of the Spindletop oilfield near Beaumont, Texas (Home of Texas Tech) brought oil to the forefront of Texas economy, and industrialization caused a burst of urbanization and the development of major cities such as Houston, Ft. Worth, and Dallas. Ranching and farming has persisted throughout the twentieth century and today still remain essential to the state's economy.

Some Texas ranches for sale are devoted exclusively to cattle ranching. Others are set up as horse ranches. Some are exclusive to sheep or Angora goats. Texas is not only geographically quite large (second only to Alaska as the nation's largest state) but it is also geographically quite diverse. West Texas is dry and prone to drought with sparse vegetation, while heavy humidity and dense forests cover much of east Texas. T South Texas and Texas Hill Country prices can be ten times or more the price of land in the Texas Panhandle. This is due largely because of the location, scenery, treens, gently rolling hills, and ample ponds and lakes. But regardless of where, thousands of buyers have found Texas land for sale and Texas ranches for sale to be an excellent investment.

The department of transportation and tourism divides Texas into 7 regions, the Texas Panhandle Panes, the Texas Prairies and Lakes, the Texas Hill country, the Big Bend Country, the Texas Piney Woods, the South Texas Plains, and the wonderful Gulf Coast (where the website manager, Marie Griffith was from).

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Among states, Texas ranks second in the categories of population, area and gross domestic product. No personal income tax, limited business regulation, low taxation and low housing prices ensure a booming, pro-business environment.

Texas has 268,581 square miles of land and plenty of range for the states equine population of nearly a million to roam. Rodeo is very popular among horse lovers in the Lone Star State with major annual events taking place in Houston and Fort Worth.

Around a half million Texans are participating in the horse world, either as a employee, rider or horse owner. The total economic impact is over $5 billion.

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