Texas is the second largest U.S. state in terms of landmass and population, with many stories to tell.  Though it once was a slave state and seceded from the Union, Texas conjures up images of cowboys, oil and the cattle industry more than other Southern traits.  At various times, the future state of Texas was controlled by Spain, France and Mexico.  

Traveling the state end-to-end, one encounters vast plains and grasslands, deserts, rocky hills and piney woods, not to mention metropolises with explosive growth.  Texas’s vastness has inspired devil stories like The Dirt Road to ghost stories like The Haunting at Green Elm Cemetery.  Not to mention tales of ghost towns like Thurber, Texas.

Read and listen to more stories from the giant state of Texas below.