1857 Description of the Stars at Night Deep in the Heart of Texas
It would have been awesome to see the Texas night sky before civilization started to intrude:
"The stars, and especially the nebulae, DO seem to shine more vividly, and to give more light and the firmament appears more effulgent than in any part of the northern or southern hemisphere in which I have been."
------ Frederick Law Olmstead, "A Journey Through Texas," 1857
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.