Whether you love, hate or hail from the Lone Star State, there's no denying that Texas has a distinct identity and personality--keys to a thriving brand.

Here, we track its boot-shape footprints through the years.

According to Texans, the world's first rodeo takes place in Pecos (disputing Coloradans, who say their state held one 14 years earlier).

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is now the largest rodeo in the world.

Blue Bell Creameries, manufacturer of the second-best-selling ice cream in the U.S.--is founded.

Director and screenwriter Wes Anderson is born (and subsequently, so is hipster culture) in Houston.

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