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Entry from December 24, 2006
Sunflower Capital of Texas & Crossroads of Texas (Hearne nickname)

Hearne bills itself as the “Crossroads of Texas,” in the middle of a triangle formed by Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

Hearne used to be a commercial producer of sunflowers, and sunflowers still grow there. In 1997, the Texas legislature named Hearne “Sunflower Capital of Texas.” A “Crossroads” Sunflower Festival was held in September. The city seems to be promoting the “Crossroads of Texas” slogan and not promoting its “Sunflower Capital of Texas” distinction. There is nothing about sunflowers that can be found on the Hearne Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Hearne, “The Crossroads of Texas”
Thank you for visiting the Hearne Chamber Of Commerce website. Hearne, a people friendly town of 4,690, is in Robertson County. It is conveniently located in central Texas in the middle of a triangle formed by Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Only 25-miles from Bryan-College Station and Texas A&M University, Hearne offers visitors and residents alike an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy Hearne’s peaceful, small town charm.

Known as “The Crossroads Of Texas,” Hearne is nestled at the crossroads of three major highways as well as two major Union Pacific Railroad lines. TX 6, US 79, & US 190 cross in Hearne. The former east-west Missouri Pacific Railroad line converges with the former north-south Southern Pacific Railroad line in Hearne. Union Pacific’s Hearne hub sends crews and trains out in many directions.

Tourism Case Study: Hearne
The Sunflower Capital Located at the Crossroads of Texas
Hearne, located in Texas’ Brazos Valley, was once a major commercial producer of sunflowers. Though no longer a cash crop, sunflowers still abound in the area from late spring through autumn.  Because of the prevalence of sunflowers there, Hearne was designated the Sunflower Capital of Texas during the 1997 legislative session.

Sunflower Festivals Around the World
Hearne Sunflower Festival
events include downtown street dances, entertainment, arts and crafts, and other activities.

Day Trips List
“CROSSROADS” SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL: (Hearne) (979) 279-2351
Held the last Saturday of the month. 

Official Capital Designations - Texas State Library
Sunflower Capital of Texas
House Concurrent Resolution No. 256, 75th Legislature, Regular Session (1997)

Texas Legislature
H.C.R. No. 256

WHEREAS, On September 27, 1997, the citizens of Hearne and Robertson County will celebrate the “Crossroads” Sunflower Festival, and the members of this chamber are proud to recognize this noteworthy event; and

WHEREAS, Hearne, the “Crossroads of Texas,” has long been known for its proliferation of sunflowers, and these magnificent plants have become a vital part of the community’s landscape; and

WHEREAS, The ecological diversity of this region, which also produces cotton, alfalfa, and corn, is well‑known throughout Texas, and in addition to providing beauty, the sunflower produces edible seeds and low‑fat oil; and

WHEREAS, Sunflowers thrive in the sandy soil and mild climate of Robertson County, creating an eye‑catching spectacle for residents and visitors alike; the brilliant orange disks, with their bright yellow rays, sway atop the plants’ towering stalks, rustling in Indian Summer’s warm breezes; and

WHEREAS, This glorious display of color mirrors the positive attitude of the citizens of Hearne, and their embracing this distinctive flower further emphasizes its importance and relevance within this fine community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 75th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby declare Hearne the Sunflower Capital of Texas and commend the organizers of the “Crossroads” Sunflower Festival for their concerted efforts to promote the festival and encourage the planting of sunflowers; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the organizers of the festival as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 24, 2006 • Permalink