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Texas Facts You May Not Know, but you will find them interesting.

Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles

World's first rodeo was in Pecos ... July 4, 1883

The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built
over water.

The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the
first full time coach for Rice University, Houston.

Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County has more species of birds
than any other area in North America. It is also the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

 

Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900 caused by a
hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston ."

El Paso is closer to California than it is to Dallas.

Laredo is the world's largest inland port.

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world's largest rose garden with over 38,000 bushes with 500 varieties on 22 acres.

The State shell is the Lightning Whelk.

King Ranch is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43" in 24
hours in and around Alvin (a suburb of Houston) in July 1979.

Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, instead of by annexation. (This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US flag.) [Also, written into the treaty is a clause allowing the
State of Texas to secede from the United States by majority vote of the
citizens, becoming a sovereign country of its own.]

A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1,500 years old.

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after Dr in
Dr
Pepper.

Texas has had six capital cities.
1. Washington-on-the-Brazos
2. Harrisburg
3. Galveston
4. Velasco
5. West Columbia
6. Austin

The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller
than the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (by 7 feet)

The name Texas comes from the Hasini Indian word "tejas" meaning
friends.

Tejas is not Mexican for Texas.

The State animal is the Armadillo. **

The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

**An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have
four
babies!
They have one egg which splits into four and they either have
four
males or four females.

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