Interesting Facts about Texas...even if you are not from Texas

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Mortgage and Lending with CMG Financial

Good morning all,

I was fortunate enough to receive this from a friend via email.  I found it quite interesting.  You may have seen this before, but it is worth looking at again. 

This is my first post to the group.  I am glad to be here.   By the way, has anyone else had issues accessing AR over the past few days?

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Why We Love Texas
Pep, Texas 79353
Smiley, Texas 78159
Paradise, Texas 76073
Rainbow, Texas 76077
Sweet Home, Texas 77987
Comfort, Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the Sun?
Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side, Texas 77423
Want something to eat?
Bacon, Texas 76301
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout, Texas 75789
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice, Texas 75155

And top it off with:
Sweetwater, Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Detroit, Texas 75436
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Denver City, Texas 79323
Klondike, Texas 75448
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis, Texas 79245
Miami, Texas 79059
Boston, Texas 75570
Santa Fe, Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
Reno, Texas 75462


Feel like traveling outside the country? Don't bother buying a plane ticket!
Athens, Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75080

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse, Texas 75791


We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth, Texas 79031


And a city named after our State!
Texas City, Texas 77590


Exhausted?
Energy, Texas 76452


Cold?
Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas


Like to read about History?
Santa Anna, Texas
Goliad, Texas
Alamo, Texas
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Robert Lee, Texas


Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670


Men are from Mars, women are from
Venus, Texas 76084


You guessed it. It's on the state line.
Texline, Texas 79087


For the kids...
Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560


Other city names in Texas, to make you smile.....
Frognot, Texas 75424
Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Hogeye, Texas 75423
Cactus, Texas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest, Texas 76886
Kickapoo, Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone, Texas 75488
Telegraph, Texas 76883
Whiteface, Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079


And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore, Texas 75662


And our favorites...
Cut n Shoot, Texas
Gun Barrell City, Texas
Hoop And Holler, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas and, of course,
Muleshoe, Texas


Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas...
If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas;
If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas;
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas;
If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas;
If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas;
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas;
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas;
If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas;
If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas;
If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas


Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas
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
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston
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 U.S. 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"
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979
14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. 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 U.S. Flag, and may 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 U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet)
20. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas
21. 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.).
22. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.


Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas:
(1) Just one God
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff


Now that's kinda plain an' simple don't ya think?

 

 

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Rainer
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Nancy Robertson
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Hi, Monica!  That was a fun walk through Texas!  I actually have family in Kermit!  A few years ago, Kermit the Frog came to town and it was a big deal.  LOL

P.S.  I've had problems accessing AR the past few days and today none of the members' photos are showing up.

Jun 10, 2008 03:29 AM #1
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Linda Box Taylor
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Thanks for the interesting facts about Texas. 

I've had problems logging into AR in the past week.  No problems today so far.

Jun 10, 2008 06:59 AM #2
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Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Hello Monica,  I love this post and Foxworthyy was right on and I did know each on of his Texas tails. There are a number of towns that could be added to each list, even Buck Naked in Parker County.

Jun 12, 2008 02:43 PM #3
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

This is a great post and took you much time to gather all this information. I would love to copy this information if it is OK.

Come join the Texas Birthday Club so we can celebrate your big day when it rolls aroud. Ummm I wonder if there is a Rolls, Texas.

 

 

Jun 12, 2008 02:56 PM #4
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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Monica....  You should have titled this post "Everything you ebver wanted to know about Texas but didn't know that you wanted to know!"  Great information and fun too!  Thanks for sharing it!

Jun 12, 2008 04:12 PM #5
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
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Nice post, Monica,     Don't leave out San Diego, TX.  That's for our friend Bill Roberts :)

Jun 12, 2008 04:22 PM #6
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