Texas Facts You May Not Know, but you will find them interesting.
Beaumont to El
Paso : 742 miles
to Chicago : 770 miles
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.
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
has had six capital cities.
5. West Columbia
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.
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.