Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
The Alamo is
located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to
Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo
originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas
liberty and the state's most popular historic site.
whelk is the official state shell.
Texas is the
only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over
it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas,
Confederate States, and the United States.
flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes
of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish
1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845,
United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865,
United States 1865-present
The King Ranch
in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
period of July 24-26, 1979, the Tropical Storm Claudette
brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas,
contributing to more than $600 million in damages. Claudette
produced the United States 24 hour rainfall record of 43
More wool comes
from the state of Texas than any other state in the United
in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the
Texas is the
only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of
The state was
an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.
A coastal live
oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The
tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in
Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before
coming to Texas.
Caddo Lake is
the only natural lake in the state.
offensive action of the Texas Revolution occurred in Goliad
on October 9, 1835 when local colonists captured the fort
On December 20,
1835 the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed
in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was
Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest
assortments of circusana in the world.
city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in
south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas
pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of
Texas in 1840-1842.
considered the live music capital of the world.
Texas is home
to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often
referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.
sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks,
Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston
Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.
Dr Pepper was
invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles
west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its
product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge.
Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian
crossing of the Brazos River.
In 1836 five
sites served as temporary capitals of Texas:
Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco:
and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in
1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of
The capitol in
Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands
seven feet higher than that of the nation's Capitol in
from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or
is the official state mammal.
Texas has the
first domed stadium in the country. The structure was built
in Houston and opened in April 1965.
Comets are the only team in the country to win four
back-to-back WNBA championships. 1997-2000 Cynthia Cooper
remains the only player to win the WNBA Championship MVP.
natural disaster in United States history was caused by a
hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. Over 8000 deaths were
The first word
spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.
three of the top ten most populous cities in the United
States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
El Paso is
closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.
267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation's total area.
cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.
More land is
farmed in Texas than in any other state.
More species of
bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United
Laredo is the
world's largest inland port.
Port Lavaca has
the world's longest fishing pier. Originally part of the
causeway connecting the two sides of Lavaca Bay, the center
span of was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
Municipal Rose Garden is the world's largest rose garden. It
contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of
roses set in a 22-acre garden.
the world's largest helium well.
first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in
North America built entirely over the water.
trophy is named for John William Heisman the first full-time
coach and athletic director at Rice University in Houston.
has more species of birds than any other comparable area in
Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only
remaining flock of whooping cranes.
jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in