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A sign welcoming people to Queensland, with the town of Texas in the background
|Elevation||297 m (974 ft)|
|State electorate(s)||Southern Downs|
Texas is a town in Queensland, Australia. The town is located just 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Queensland's southern border with New South Wales, close to Bonshaw, New South Wales. Texas sits on Bigambul land, the Indigenous people of the region inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to colonisation in the 1840s.
Farming is the dominant industry in the Texas region, although there is also a silver mine. A large cattle feedlot is located about 20 mins from town. At the 2006 census, Texas had a population of 693.
The origin of the town's name is generally regarded as a reference to a territorial dispute. The land in the area was first settled by the McDougall brothers, who found squatters there on returning from the goldfields. Once their legal right to the land was recognised, they named their property in honour of the rather more famous dispute between the United States and Mexico over territory in Texas, USA.
Up until about 1980, tobacco farming was an important industry in the area and many Italian families settled the area to run and work the tobacco farms.
Texas is serviced by the Warwick Daily News and Stanthorpe Border Post newspapers. Texas is served by the Border Districts Community Radio Station 89.7 Ten FM which is transmitted from a 4 kW transmitter located on Mt Mackenzie Tenterfield NSW.
After a visit to Texas in 2002, and being involved in a car accident nearby, American Country/Rockabilly recording artist Jason Lee Wilson memorialized the town in a song TX, QLD, Australia. The song was included on the Cumberland Runners' 2004 debut album entitled Music to Haul By.
- Travis Burns – Rugby League player
- Peter Hitchener – Nine News Melbourne weekday presenter
- James Blundell (singer) spent quite a bit of time around the area and his first self-titled album has his song Texas on it.
- Jack Potter – Australian actor and entertainer
- Nadia Wilkinson - Local
Texas has a public library, museum and cultural centre, swimming pool, bowling club, golf course, showground and a racecourse.
At 2013 Texas is serviced by two petrol stations. The Shell Branded service station sells both regular and premium (greater than 95 octane) unleaded petrol. The BP service station, whilst not displaying BP signage does accept BP account cards. The BP does not sell premium unleaded.
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- "Texas Post Office". Climate Averages for Australian Sites. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
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- "Texas State School". Texasss.eq.edu.au. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Texas". Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 12 May 2013.