How Texas Became the Lone Star State

TXU Energy is proud to have our roots in Texas — the "Lone Star State." But do you know why and how Texas came to be called by that name? Theories abound as to the exact story, but the tale always begins south of the border.

Way back when, Texas was a province of Mexico. The land that would one day become the current state of Texas encompassed two different areas and was called Coahuila y Tejas. It's thought that the original flag for this land bore two gold stars in the middle of the red, green and white stripes of the Mexican flag.

From 1835 to 1836, Texas fought to gain independence from Mexico, and the resulting victory meant a new flag for the newly independent Republic of Texas — the lone star, clearly labeled, "Texas" made its first appearance. This flag, and subsequent variations of it, all featured a lone star, representing defiance, pride and — most importantly — independence.

Texas joined the Union on December 29, 1845, as the 28th state. Although no longer citizens of a freestanding Republic, Texans still pride themselves on their rugged individualism and independent spirit.

On January 4, 1889 a Senate committee paid $10 to Austin artist Peter Krag to create a color drawing of a new red, white and blue flag for Texas — its lone star, of course, and Krag's drawing became the prototype of the same flag that still represents Texas today.

As you might expect, the people who are happy to make their homes in Texas still have that "Lone Star State" spirit. In fact, Texas was among the first states in the U.S. to implement energy deregulation, paving the way for most Texans to be able to choose their electricity provider.

And year after year ever since, Texans overwhelmingly have made TXU Energy the #1 choice for electricity in Texas. We offer a variety of plans designed to fit different needs, and we're here to help you find a plan that's right for you.