Texas Facts Every Texan Should Know.
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Beaumont to El Paso - 742 miles
Beaumont to Chicago - 770 miles
The world's first rodeo was in Pecos - July 4, 1883
The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built
The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman, first full time
coach for Rice University in Houston.
Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North
America. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is 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 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.
The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was
El Paso is closer to California than 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 Lightning Whelk.
King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island. (This is familiar to me
since I graduated college in Kingsville, home of King Ranch).
Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U. S. rainfall record of 43" in
24 hours in and around Alvin in July, 1979.
Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, instead of by
annexation. This is why the Texas flag can fly at the same height
as the U.S. flag.
A live oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 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:
5. West Columbia
The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U. S. which is taller
that 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.