Nobody asked for them, but here are some little known Texas facts. I know ya'll just can't wait to read them!
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.
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 "Houston."
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.
King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island.
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 allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US 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 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 Spanish for Texas.
The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.
The State animal is the Armadillo. 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.
Didn't Six Flags also get it's name from the Six national flags which have flown over Texas? I seem to remember hearing something to that effect when I worked at the Houston location.
I should scan my photo with Gov Bush out at Brazoria State part just outside of Houston. It was pretty cool!
You are correct, my friend. That is the origin of the theme park name, Six Flags. Also, Continental Airlines was bought out by Texas International Airlines. Just think, the world could be flying on TI had they decided to keep the name. Also, there is strong evidence that the first flight was actually in Texas many years before the Wright Bros. flight in 1903. But becuase of a lack of interest, the inventor destroyed the plane and burried it. There are people searching for it and if found, it would prove a Texan was the first man to fly and over Texas soil. Texas gave up 3 million acres in the panhandle to pay for the building of our state capitol. We were land rich and money poor at the time. That's the size of 3 Rhode Islands. The first microchip was developed in Texas also. (It's not bragging if it's true.)
The United States Flag
The United States flag has flown over Texas from 1845 to 1861, then again from 1866 to the present.
The Texas Flag
The Texas state flag once flew over Texas as its national flag when Texas was an independent country from 1836 to 1845, after winning independence from Mexico, but before joining the United States.
The Confederate Flag
Between 1861 and 1865, the Confederate flag flew over Texas, as it was a state in the Confederate States of America.
The Mexican Flag
Texas was part of the Republic of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, after Mexico won independence from Spain.
The French Flag
Between 1685 to 1690 France maintained a colony in Texas, and the French flag flew over the state.
The Spanish Flag
The Spanish flag flew over Texas for three centuries, between 1519 and 1821, after Spanish explorers claims Texas in the name of their king.