H.C.R. No. 84
         WHEREAS, Citizens of Texas have long enjoyed a reputation for
  developing original and imaginative ideas that have been embraced
  by individuals throughout the nation and beyond; and
         WHEREAS, One such innovation is the domino game 42, a very
  popular pastime that was created in the Lone Star State; and
         WHEREAS, According to research conducted in 1985 by
  journalist Christopher Evans of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the
  game, also called "Texas 42," dates to 1887 and was developed by two
  enterprising boys in the North Texas town of Trapp Spring, known
  today as Garner; and
         WHEREAS, There, 12-year-old William A. Thomas and
  14-year-old Walter Earl one day found themselves in deep trouble
  with their parents when they were discovered in a barn hayloft
  playing the card game auction whist, which is similar to the modern
  game of bridge; card games were considered sinful in the boys'
  devoutly Baptist families, and William and Walter were disciplined
  for their actions; and
         WHEREAS, The punishment did not end their love of whist,
  however, and they went on to devise a similar four-player game that
  used dominoes instead of cards; because there was no prohibition
  within their faith against playing dominoes, William and Walter
  were able to show their friends how to play, and their invention was
  soon taken up by other local residents; the activity later became
  popular in Fannin County after the Thomas and Earl families moved to
  the town of Windom; and
         WHEREAS, Through the decades, the boys' creation spread far
  and wide and became known as 42, an entertaining contest of skill
  and chance that is enjoyed by countless people the world over; the
  game is a true Lone Star original and a testament to the ingenuity
  and fun-loving nature of Texans, making it a most fitting symbol for
  our state; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate 42 as the official State Domino
  Game of Texas.
  King of Parker
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 84 was adopted by the House on May
  13, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.C.R.
  No. 84 on May 27, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 130, Nays 6, 3
  present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 84 was adopted by the Senate, as
  amended, on May 25, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED:  __________________