1866: New Albany Ledger, October 6 (describing the steamboat Robert E. Lee)She has sixty one staterooms in the main cabin, twenty four extra rooms in the texas for passengers, a nursery for servants and children, and a cabin adjoining the nursery in which are staterooms for fifty passengers.
Origin of texas
- After Texas (from the fact that steamboat cabins were named after states and the officers' quarters were the largest)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the practice of naming cabins after U.S. states, the state of Texas having been recently admitted to the Union.