Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas...

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1.      Beaumont to El Paso:  742 miles


2.      Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles


3.      El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas


4.      World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883


5.      The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.  Destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008!


6.      The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas


7.      Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

 8.      Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.


9.      Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.


10.  The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

 11.  The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969 was “Houston”, but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.


12.  King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.


13.  Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43” in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.


14.  Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union), instead of by annexation.  This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states.

 15.  A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.


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


17.  Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885.  There is no period in Dr Pepper.


18.  Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.

 19.  The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in DC (by 7 feet).


20.  The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument.



 21.  The name ‘Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning “friends”.  Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.

 22.  The State Mascot 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.


23.  The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston.

Previous “Texas” Posts:
- Only in Texas
- You may live in Texas if...

As always, a little Texas humor is brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard of Coldwell Banker United, your NW Austin Real Estate Consultant

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie,  Now I know more then I did before about your state.  I know it will be useful sometime for me.

Nov 28, 2012 08:43 AM #1
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Dorie ....great info could make this into a series ...Have a great night in Austin! Another might be ....Did you know that Rob Thomas lived in Austin TX 1984-1986
Nov 28, 2012 08:51 AM #2
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


Who could resist the Austin area after that great information?

Nov 28, 2012 09:18 AM #3
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Dorie,   I thoroughly enjoyed this blog, great information!

Nov 28, 2012 09:48 AM #4
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

These are very little-known facts indeed, Dorie.  Who would believe that El Paso is closer to California than Dallas.  Wow.

Nov 28, 2012 09:59 AM #5
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Dorie-Great info on our state. Jalapeno jelly is not something I've tried and I didn't know it originated in Lake Jackson.

Nov 28, 2012 10:13 AM #6
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Great trivia Dorie. I love the armadillo .. they are so interesting.

Nov 28, 2012 12:18 PM #7
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Dorie, I used to live in Dallas and enjoyed this very much. I did know some of these but others were even more cool.
Nov 28, 2012 01:25 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Dorie.  Great facts.  #21 surprised me.  I suffered under the misconception that Tejas was Texas:(

Nov 28, 2012 07:22 PM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Quite a few of those facts were quite surprising.  Thanks for the info Dorie.

Nov 28, 2012 07:29 PM #10
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dorie, I knew Texas was HUGE, but I don't think the size really hit home until your mileage comparisons at the beginning!  That's a LONG drive to go east-west in your state!

Nov 28, 2012 07:34 PM #11
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Good morning Dorie,

Those are indeed great facts about your great state.  I had no idea about many of them....(all of them)

Nov 28, 2012 07:45 PM #12
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience
Dorie, This a very good reminder of the rich history Texas has. Thanks for sharing all this interesting facts.
Nov 28, 2012 07:50 PM #13
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Wow, those are some amazing pieces of information, most of which I had no idea about. Thank you for sharing this post with all of us.

Nov 28, 2012 08:39 PM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, what a cute post, and loved reading all about Texas.   Would not have thought El Paso was closer to CA than Dallas!

Nov 28, 2012 11:12 PM #15
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