50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Texas State to Know Story

By Andrew Sayles

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Texas State to Know Story

These 50 interesting and fun facts about Texas state will show you just how historical...

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Texas Fun Facts

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Texas is the second-largest state in the US

Texas is the second-largest state in the US behind Alaska and is the largest in...

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It has three cities with over a million people

According to the 2020 census, there were ten US cities with populations of over a...

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Texas was an independent country from 1836-1845

Before Texas became a US state, it was a sovereign country from 1836-1845. Most US...

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The Texas state nickname is the Lone Star State

The nickname "Lone Star State" is a tribute to the Texas state flag. It contains...

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The state flower of Texas is the bluebonnet

The lovely bluebonnet was named Texas' state flower in 1901, beating other iconic blooms like...

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The state's official song is Texas, Our Texas

The song "Texas, Our Texas" became the official state anthem in 1929. Initially, the piece...

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Texas is the state with the second-highest population

Texas is not only large in size but also high in population. It is the...

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Caddo Lake is the state's only natural lake

Caddo Lake is found on the border of Texas and Louisiana and is the only...

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Texas has its own energy grid

Texas has vast natural resources within its borders and is famous for its ubiquitous oil...

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Juneteenth began in Texas

On June 19th, 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, a proclamation...

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Texas has many official animals

Yet another of the fun facts for Texas is it has eight different state animals...

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The pecan is the state tree of Texas

The pecan tree was declared the Texas state tree in 1919, thirteen years after a...

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Texas is the birthplace of two US presidents

Two influential 20th-century presidents were born in Texas. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison...

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It has 12 over million cattle

Though nationwide cattle numbers have been dropping over the years, Texas still rings in at...

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The Texas State Capitol building is the country's largest such building

For more fun Texas facts, take a look at its state capitol building. Its 360,000...

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Interesting Facts About Texas

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Texas is home to the highest speed limit in the country

Though relatively populous overall, vast expanses of Texas are sparsely inhabited deserts and ranchlands. Resultingly...

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Big Bend National Park protects a unique desert ecosystem

Big Bend National Park is found in the desolate Chihuahuan Desert shared by Mexico and...

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park contain Texas' highest peak

The Guadalupe Mountains in western Texas make for more interesting Texas facts. They mark the...

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park contains the "Grand Canyon of Texas"

The centerpiece of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in northern Texas, the Palo Duro Canyon...

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NASA Johnson Space Center was originally called the Manned Spacecraft Center

The NASA Johnson Space Center near Houston was still called the Manned Spacecraft Center when...

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Texas has the sixth-longest coastline in the US

The Gulf Coast of Texas is the region where the Lone Star State meets the...

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Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca accidentally became an anthropologist

Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca was a 16th-century Spanish explorer who led one of the...

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Dr Pepper comes from Texas

The origins of the famous soft drink Dr Pepper provide some intersting facts on Texas...

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Texas' name comes from the word "friend"

Though there is some debate as to the origin of the name "Texas," most agree...

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The world's first rodeo was held in Texas

Rodeos have very practical origins, deriving from the skills needed to encircle, herd, or isolate...

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Facts About Texas History

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Many Native American groups inhabited Texas

The territory now recognized as the state of Texas was once home to dozens of...

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Texas has been part of six different nations

Texas has had a complicated history since European colonization. It has been claimed as part...

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The Battle of the Alamo was fought during the Texas Revolution

From 1835-1836, US colonists and Hispanic Texans called Tejanos fought the government of Mexico for...

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Sam Houston served as governor, senator, and president of Texas

Before moving to Texas, Sam Houston was a US representative and governor of Tennessee. However...

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Texas joined the United States in 1845 and seceded in 1861

After ten years of lobbying for annexation by the United States, Texas officially became the...

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Weird Facts About Texas

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JFK's assassination in Dallas remains mysterious

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas...

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The streets of downtown Fort Worth are still filled with cattle

Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., seventeen Texas Longhorns are herded through the...

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The motto of Texas' capital city is "Keep Austin Weird"

Far from a dull administrative center, Austin, Texas, is one of the country's most vibrant...

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Texas is a leading producer of wine

An unexpected fact about Texas is that it's a leading producer of wine in the...

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Texas has some very strange laws

Every place has some strange legal holdovers from forgotten times, but Texas has some of...

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Cool Facts About Texas

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Tex-Mex cuisine originated here

Tex-Mex cuisine was developed by Texans of Mexican or Spanish heritage called Tejanos. It has...

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The state capital Austin is also the world's live music capital

In addition to the motto "Keep Austin Weird," the Texan capital also markets itself as...

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There is a massive bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin

Bats have adjusted well to Austin's urban environment. One of the coolest facts about the...

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The Caverns of Sonora operators delight in their creative naming

The Caverns of Sonora are a National Natural Landmark found in a 100-million-year-old limestone formation...

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Frozen margarita machines got their start in Texas

In 1971, Mariano Martinez invented a concoction that has kept Americans hungover for decades. He...

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Funny Facts About Texas

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There's a ranch in Texas bigger than Rhode Island

King Ranch is the largest ranch in the United States, covering 1,289 square miles. Its...

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Cars, not crops, sprout at Cadillac Ranch

While most Texas farmland is for livestock or crops, there is one ranch near Amarillo...

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The catchphrase "What's up, Doc?" comes from Texas

Many people think that the catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?" was unique to Bugs Bunny, but...

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The world's largest convenience store is in Texas

A store in New Braunfels, Texas, called Buc-ee's, is the record holder for the world's...

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Texas has an Eiffel Tower replica wearing a giant cowboy hat

This is one of the strangest state facts about Texas, so you're excused for initially...

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Scary Facts About Texas

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The deadliest natural disaster was in Galveston, Texas

In 1900, the Great Galveston Hurricane struck the Texas gulf coast, killing between 6,000 and...

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The Devil's Waterhole only sounds scary

The Devil's Waterhole in Inks Lake State Park sounds much scarier than it is. It's...

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The Alamo ghost stories attract enthusiasts and skeptics

Stories of paranormal activity at the Alamo are as old as the historically failed defense...

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Texas is home to many deadly creatures

The wildlife in Texas cannot be taken lightly, with highly venomous western diamondback rattlesnakes, lurking...

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was real, sort of

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was presented as real but was only loosely based on the...

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Conclusion

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