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From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

Take A Sneak Peek At The Newest State Park In Texas

Aug 8, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Texas will soon have a new state park – and it’s a little more than an hour west of Fort Worth.

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is 4,400 acres. It’s a gorgeous slice of land in the rolling woodland near the town of Strawn, population 700.

It won’t open for at least a few more years, but locals are excited about the park’s potential.

A public hearing last week featured Texas Parks and Wildlife employees and attracted a big crowd. Locals had lots of questions. 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department faces a $4.6 million shortfall following a difficult period of wildfires and drought. Bill Zeeble has more on the Department's plan to improve the bottom line.

Parks and Wildlife Director Carter Smith says the Department has faced tough times before in its 88-year history.

Smith: But certainly now, this is a particularly daunting one. We have a very real and urgent and critical need, But fortunately we don't think it's an insurmountable one.