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Posted by: FRAN BOLTON (ID *****4028) Date: June 22, 2009 at 19:47:34
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Gone to Texas, often abbreviated G.T.T. or GTT, was a phrase used by Americans immigrating to Texas in the 19th century[1] often to escape debt[2], especially in the South and Midwest. It was often written on the doors of abandoned houses or posted as a sign on fences.[3]

The phrase is well known in Texas due to the state government's policy of requiring Texas history courses in grades four and seven. Outside of Texas the phrase is less well known, although it has gained modern currency with the publishing of Gone to Texas! by Randolph B. Campbell, considered to be the most recent authoritative work of Texas's history by scholars.

Fran Bolton

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