HOUSTON, TX - Ask many Texans to name something that symbolizes their state (off the top of their heads, literally) and they'll most likely say the cowboy hat. Well thanks to Governor Greg Abbott, who recently put his approval stamp to good use, Texas has several new state symbols to show off. One of these new official designations tips its hat to a favorite fashion accessory for many Texans, the cowboy hat!
But that's not all that is now newly official. For centuries, Texas has been called the "Lone Star State." Well guess what? That saying is now the Official Nickname of Texas. The Governor also approved other surprising symbols for the state. The Western Bumble Bee is the Official Pollinator of Texas and Gulf Coast Shrimp is the Official Texas Crustacean.