The people of Texas will never completely get over the fact that, for a little while there, Texas was its own dang nation. (Nor should they. Come on, it’s pretty cool.)

The folks at Wide Open Country noticed something really cool the other day.

There it is (source: Flickr/Epaki)

If you drive roughly 20 minutes from Carthage (yes, the same Carthage in which the Bernie Tiede case took place) into the area called Deadwood (no, not that Deadwood), it is entirely possible you will spot a piece of rock that represents the final remaining boundary marker for the Republic of Texas, a tiny bit of international land in the middle of the U.S.

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As Wide Open Country notes, “The Republic of Texas (currently) exists within a 10-by-9 foot plot of land with a Texas historical marker in the middle....The Republic of Texas boundary marker was erected in 1841, four years before Texas joined the United States.”

The east side reads “U.S.,” the west side is designated “RoT” for Republic of Texas.

That is pretty awesome.

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