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23 Fun Facts About Texas That Every Texan Should Know

By Edited May 25, 2015 0 0

Texans have a reputation for being proud and boastful, not only about being from Texas, but also about how much bigger everything is in Texas.  Here are 23 fun facts about Texas that will put the other 49 states to shame.

Texas was the 28th state admitted into the union. Texas was granted statehood on December 29, 1845 almost  10 months after Florida became a state and nearly one year before Iowa officially became a state.

Texas is the larges state in terms of land mass in the contiguous United States. Alaska is the state with the largest total landmass.

Texas makes up over 7% of the landmass of the United States.

Austin is the capitol of Texas but Houston is the largest city in Texas. Houston, Texas is the fourth-largest city in the United States with a population of over 2 million people.

The capitol building in Austin is seven feel taller than the nation’s capitol in Washington, DC.

Austin Texas is known as the live music capitol of the world, not to be confused with Nashville, Tennessee which is the country music capitol of the world.

In the business world, Texas is sometimes referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south because of the tech businesses and many fortune 500 companies based in Texas. In all, 52 Fortune 500 companies are headquarted here. Nearly half of which are located in Dallas.

Fossils of 25 Of the over 700 species of dinosaur known to man have been found in the Lone Star State.

According to legend the hamburger originated in Texas. This claim is not without dispute.

Texas is over 260,000 square miles but only has one natural lake, Caddo Lake which spans 4 cities in Texas and 2 cities in Lousiana. Incidentally, there have been several Big Foot sightings  near Caddo Lake.

Because Texas is the only state that fought for its own independence from foreign rule it is the only state that can legally fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. Flag. This law has been on the books since Texas gained statehood in 1845 and is still widely practiced throughout the state even into the 2000s.

Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885. Dr. Pepper was produced Texas from the time it was invented up until 2011.

The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge which was built in 1870. The Waco Bridge spans the Brazos River.

The largest medical complex in the world is the Texas Medical Center of Houston which covers over 1,000 acres.

The Rattler is thefourth tallest wooden roller coaster in the world and is located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio.

Texas has the most counties than other state in The Union. There are 254 counties.

DFW International Airport is the larger than the Island of Manhatten.

The highest recorded temperature in Texas was 120° in 1936 and 1994. The hottest temperature recorded on Earth is 136 degrees.

The lowest recorded temperature in Texas was -23 in 1899 and 1933. The coldest temperature recorded on Earth is -128 degrees.

Now that you've read these amazing facts about Texas you can start planning your next family vacation to Texas.

 

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