Peeps in Michigan have appropriated the Texas Star - I'm not going to give them any grief over it though because there's a cool story behind the, ahem, "theft".

Texas is, of course, the "lone star state". We have a single star on our flag and the star emblem represents ... well, flat out means ... Texas to most. El Paso even has a giant one on the side of the mountain. (It could, occasionally, back in the day, also be a cross by the way.)

There's also a huge cross ... not a crucifix ... on another of El Paso's mountains, just so you know. You can read about it here.

Anyway, back to the Texas star and the Michigan-ers. Or, is it Michigan-ians? (That kind of stuff keeps me up at night, I swear.) Anyway, moving on ...

What's Up With Michigan And The Texas Star?

Michigan isn't really "stealing" the star. In fact, from a historical perspective, they actually had it first. Their "barnstars" date back to the 18th century whereas Texas didn't even become a state until about halfway through the 19th century. (It was 1845 if you care.)

Barnstars were brought here, mostly, by German immigrants. The reason they painted 5 pointed stars on their barns was a good luck thing, a superstition that actually could mean more than just good luck.

What Do "Barn stars" Represent?

Depending on what color they are, that question has several answers ...

Here is What 5 Barnstar Colors Represent

Did you know that colored stars on a barn have meaning? The next time you see one, remember these colors, and you'll know what each star represents



Meaning of the 5 Points on a Texas Star

You're probably familiar with the 5 points on a Texas star and here is what they mean.

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins


Michigan's Border Is A Cannabis Hotspot For Out-of-State Travelers

Michigan was the first state in the Midwest to legalize marijuana and borders three states - Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin - where weed is either illegal or limited, resulting in many people crossing over to get their product from Pure Michigan. Here are the number of stores in these border towns. Population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Gallery Credit: Tommy McNeill

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