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New plate pays for parks

Written by , published July 3, 2014

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has introduced its first new conservation-themed specialty license plate design in a more than a decade. Sales of the plate, which depicts a campfire and tent under a starry sky, help fund state parks. The camping plate won the department’s online survey last year, garnering more than 6,000 votes.  

The new plate is available for a yearly fee of $30, not including normal registration fees, and $22 of the plate’s annual fees go directly to TPWD. Since its debut a month ago, the plate has already sold an estimated 364 copies.

But this isn’t the only license plate featuring travel in Texas. Here are five more plates spotlighting destinations throughout the state:

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The heavyweight of the group is the license plate featuring Big Bend National Park. Approximately 2,270 vehicles are registered with this plate, raising nearly $600,000 for the park’s improvement and maintenance since the design’s debut in 1998.

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This San Jacinto plate supports the funding of the San Jacinto Texas Historic District through the Texas General Land Office, for the beautification and development of the San Jacinto Monument and surrounding area. Join the 103 other folks with this plate, and you’re taking Texas history with you wherever you go.

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An estimated 85 Texas vehicles are registered with the El Paso Mission Valley plate design, which funds efforts by the Texas Historical Commission to preserve the historic Socorro and Ysletta missions, and the San Elizario Presidio Chapel along El Paso’s Mission Trail.

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You’ll find nearly 7,000 animals across 64 acres at the Fort Worth Zoo—and a few more on its license plate. Support the zoo’s lions, tigers, and bears with this plate, and you’ll join the 42 others registered with the design in the state.

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Your car probably can’t hit 200 miles per hour, but you can still feel like a professional driver with the official license plate of the Texas Motor Speedway. Featuring the speedway’s logo and a checkered flag, this plate is proof that you like to go fast. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to find other NASCAR fans with this plate—it’s registered to 83 different vehicles in Texas.

All images courtesy of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The plates featured in this article, plus hundreds more are available for purchase here.

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