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  • The capital of Austin opened on May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the Capitol of the Nation in Washington, D.C.

  • Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas, which means friends or allies.

  • The armadillo is the official state mammal.

  • Texas has the country's first domed stadium. The structure was built in Houston and opened in April 1965.

  • The Houston Comets are the only team in the country to win four consecutive WNBA Championships. 1997-2000 Cynthia Cooper remains the only player to win the WNBA Championship MVP.

  • The worst natural disaster in the history of the United States was caused by a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900.

  • The first word spoken on the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.

  • Texas largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.

  • Texas has three of the ten most populous cities in the United States. These cities are Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

  • El Paso is closer to Needles, California than to Dallas.

  • Texas covers 267,339 square miles or 7.4% of the total area of ​​the country.

  • The cattle population of the state is estimated at 16 million.

  • In Texas, more land is farmed than in any other state.

  • Texas has more bat species than any other part of the United States.

  • Laredo is the largest inland port in the world.

  • Port Lavaca has the longest fishing pier in the world. Originally a part of the dam that connects the two sides of the Lavaca Bay, the central axis of Hurricane Carla was destroyed in 1961.

  • The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in the world. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 species of roses in a 22-hectare garden.

  • Amarillo has the world's largest helium fountain.

  • The first rodeo of the world took place on 4 July 1883 in Pecos.

  • The flagship hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely above the water.

  • The Heisman trophy is named after John William Heisman, the first full-time coach and sports director at Rice University in Houston.

  • Brazoria County has more bird species than any other comparable area in North America.

  • The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining herd of crying cranes.

  • Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.

  • Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.

  • The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It's where Texan defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase that was created by Remember the Alamo. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas Freedom and the most popular historic site in the state.

  • The lightning snail is the official state shellfish.

  • Texas is the only state to fly the flags of 6 different nations. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States and the United States.

  • Although six flags flew over Texas, there were eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, USA 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present

  • The King Ranch in Texas is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

  • From July 24 to 26, 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, and contributed more than $ 600 million in damages. Claudette produced the United States' 24-hour rainfall record of 43 inches.

  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.

  • Edwards Plateau in West Central Texas is the country's best sheep farming area.

  • Texas is the only state that is contracting to the United States instead of being territorially annexed.

  • The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.

  • Texas has the largest herd of white-tailed deer in the country.

  • A live oak tree near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.

  • Sam Houston, probably the most famous Texan, was born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.

  • Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

  • The first offensive action of the Texas Revolution took place on 9 October 1835 in Goliad, when local colonists conquered the fort and the city.

  • On Dec. 20, 1835, the first Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was hoisted.

  • The Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest ranges of Circusana in the world.

  • The capital of Austin is located on the Colorado River in southern Texas. The capitol building is made of pink Texas granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas from 1840-1842.

  • Austin is considered the capital of live music in the world.

  • Texas is the home of Dell and Compaq computers, and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the South.

  • Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Houston Astros, the Houston Comets, the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Rangers.

  • Dr. Pepper was invented in 1885 in Waco. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure Imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period according to Dr. med. in dr. Pepper.

  • The first suspension bridge in the US was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still used as a pedestrian crossing over the Brazos River.

  • In 1836, five locations served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. In 1837, Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston. In 1839, the capital was relocated to the new city of Austin.

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