Where Does the “Heart of Texas” Truly Lie?

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You know how the song goes, “The stars at night, are big and bright (clap, clap, clap, clap) DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!” The song goes on to declare the “sage in bloom” to be “like perfume” and the “prairie sky” that is described as “wide and high”…DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS. All of this begs the question: Where is this “Heart of Texas”?

Geographic Center of Texas

Geographic Center of Texas

Photo: Flickr/Nicolas Henderson

The funny thing is, the location of the geographic center of Texas largely depends on who you ask. For instance, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors(measuring by satellite the exact distance between the state’s four borders) places the “geodetic” center of Texas 18.5 miles west-southwest of Eden. On the other hand, the Texas Almanac says that the state’s “geographic” center lies about 15 miles northeast of Brady (on private property) in northern McCulloch County. As a result, Brady bills itself as the official “Heart of Texas.” Folks there even put up a “heart” monument on the courthouse grounds. Adding to the confusion, the town of Rochelle boasts the Heart of Texas Park but a historical marker declaring the geographic center of the state is located in another spot entirely, between Brady and Brownwood.

So, while no one seems entirely certain where the real, geographic “heart of Texas” lies, it’s very obvious to residents and outsiders alike that the heart of Texas is alive and well in its residents and communities and in the true melding of cultures that create one, unique and purely “Texan” culture. In fact, some might argue that the real, “heart of Texas” isn’t a place at all, so much as it is a feeling that lies in its people.

An Ego as Big as Texas

texan culture
Photo: Flickr/Andy

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