The sesquicentennial edition of the Texas Almanac, the official almanac for 2006-2007, is a wonderful reference resource on the state of Texas. The first almanac was published in 1857, and this edition of the almanac covers the usual topics. This one includes color photos of all kinds of scenes in Texas, including buildings, landscapes, people, and other items of interest.
The almanac starts out with basic information on Texas such as its historical flags, state flower, state bird, etc. There is an historical summary and a special section for this edition on the Spanish missions in Texas - descriptions and history of the missions and some photos are. Other information includes Texas environment, recreation, state parks, education, state government, obituaries, health statistics, historical documents like the Texas declaration of independence and its constitution; state agencies, state office holders, past and present, and many other items of note.
A major section of the almanac is devoted to the counties of Texas. A map of each county with an inset color map of Texas shows where in Texas it is located; some county entries have a color photo. Each county entry includes physical features, economy, history, race/ethnicity, vital statistics, recreation, minerals, agriculture, county seat and other towns, and other statistics. The almanac ends with a pronunciation guide and an index.
This is a colorful and interesting book recommended for anyone who loves or is interested in Texas. It is also a good reference book in public and academic libraries.