I think Sniper sums it up very well, you need to be a part of the culture to feel that special pride about whatever place.
I travel all over the country and there's beutiful scenery in every state
Absolutely. And I fully admit that Texas doesn't really have any spectacular scenery like the Rocky Mountains or other breath-taking views. I was just pointing out that Texas is not all flat and barren like you see on old westerns. West Texas is like that, but there's a lot more to the state.
What I love about Texas is the combination of rugged landscapes and rugged, independent people. I consider Texas to be the center of western culture, with our history of the cowboy lifestyle. And I do feel blessed to live here, even though I can't claim to be a real cowboy. But my family history in this State goes back to the 1800s. One of my relatives was one of the original founders and cowboys of the Chisolm Trail, driving cattle from Texas up to Kansas, fighting Indians, the whole nine yards. I wish we could reclaim that lifestyle here in Texas, but alas, there is no such thing as open country anymore. We do, however, still retain a strong cultural bond with the past and we value a simple life, toughness, and a hard work ethic. I know there are other places in the USA that have similar values, but not with the Texas twist that we have here.