55 Interesting Facts About Texas

Last updated on February 22nd, 2020

Texas is the 2nd most populous and the 2nd most extensive of the 50 states of the United States. It lies in the South Central region of the United States. Texas attained statehood on December 29, 1845, becoming the 28th state to join the union. Its four bordering states are New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. See the full list of the 50 states and their borders here. Texas (nicknamed: the Lone Star State) has 254 counties. The state’s capital is Austin.

55 Interesting Facts about Texas

1. Before the settlement of the Europeans in Texas, the land was home to Indians of Texas (Native American Tribes).[12]

Sam Houston statue
Statue of Sam Houston, Texas statesman, 70 feet tall dedicated Oct 22,1994.

2. Sam Houston was the first president of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston statue is the largest statue in America that is modeled after a real person. It is 67 feet tall. It was erected in 1994 with 30 tons of concrete and steel. He was actually born in Virginia.[16]

3. The Texas State Fair is the largest in the U.S. It is estimated that almost 3.5 million people attended the fair in 2015.[17]

Texas on map with bordering states.
Texas (in red) on the map with bordering states.

4. Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of John F. Kennedy (the 35th President of the United States, shot dead on 22 November 1963) was arrested in Texas Theater in Texas. [18]

5. The Texas State Capitol Building is taller than the nation’s Capitol building by almost 15 feet and is the sixth tallest state capitol.[19]

6. Texas has the second highest number of professional sports teams. The only state that beats Texas in this regards is California.[24]

7. The highest national speed limit is observed in Texas on a stretch between San Antonio and Austin. Here it is allowed to drive up to 85 miles per hour.[20]

8. A couple from Texas has claimed the Guinness World Record title of the oldest married couple in the world with their combined age of 211.

9. Texas (695,662 km²) is about twice the size of Germany (357,376 km²). And Texas is larger than any country in Western Europe.[12]

10. There are more than 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in Texas.[11]

The Flag of Texas (facts about the flag)

Flag of Texas. Texas fact file

11. The ballon-expendable stent that is used to unclog the blocked vascular vessels during coronary surgery was invented by Julio Palmaz at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The patent for the stent was awarded in 1985 and it was recognized as one of the “Ten patents that changed the world”.[25]

12. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is the oldest soft drink manufacturer in the U.S. The soft drink was invented by Charles Alderton in 1885. Dr. Pepper is one of the top three soft drinks in the U.S. Coca-Cola was introduced in the market in 1886.[10]

13. In 1827, Seven-Eleven opened its first chain in Dallas, Texas. It is also the first convenience store in the U.S. The chain was known as Tote’m Stores until it was renamed in 1946.[9]

14. Frozen Margarita was invented in Texas by Mariano Martinez in 1971.[8]

15. Two doctors namely Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin are credited with the invention of breast implants. In 1962, the first of these implants were done on Timmie Jean Lindsay.

The State Quarter

State quarter Texas

16. The Highland Park Village in Texas is the first planned shopping center in the U.S. It was constructed in 1931.[7]

17. Texas is the second most populous (after California) and second largest state in the U.S., after Alaska.[1]

18. The name Texas has originated from the word taysha, which means “friends” in the Caddo language.[1]

19. Less than 10% of Texas’ land area is desert.[1]

Texas on the map

20. Texas in the earlier times was ruled by several nations including Spain, France, and Mexico.[1]

21. The deadliest natural disaster in United States history occurred in Texas. The Great Storm of 1900, according to some official estimates, killed 8,000 people.[29]

22. Prior to World War II: cattle and bison, cotton, timber, and oil were the four industries that shaped the state’s economy.[1]

23. It is also a hot spot for the second-largest group of fortune 500 companies in the U.S.

24. The Rio Grande is the largest river in Texas.[1]

The Seal of Texas

Seal of Texas

25. Rocks as old as 1600 million years have been recognized in Texas.[1]

26. Texas has the largest state capitol building.[2]

Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol Building Austin, Texas.

27. The famous phrase “Don’t mess with Texas” was coined by an advertising agency that was made responsible with the task to help the state with its anti-litter campaign. In 1980s Texas spent a whopping $20 million a year on cleaning up trash along its highways. The slogan became popular and is since then an unofficial slogan for Texas pride.[2]

28. Austin, Texas was named after Stephen Austin, who established the state’s first American colony. Texas is named after the Indian word “Tejas” meaning “friends” or “allies”.[3]

29. The state’s nickname the “Lone Star State” comes from the fact that it was once an independent country with its own single star flag. The lone star flag adopted by the Republic of Texas in 1839 became the flag of the lone star state when Texas became part of the United States in 1845.[3]

30. Texas is the largest of the 48 contiguous states of the U.S., and the second largest overall, behind Alaska.[3]

31. Texas is the leading producer of oil, natural gas, and sulfur in the country.[3]

32. Two of the United States presidents were born in Texas. Lyndon Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower.[3]

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