Texas Fun Facts

Ten things you didn’t know about Texas (that you can learn at YES)!

Ten things you didn’t know about Texas (that you can learn at YES)!

When you think of someone from Texas, do you automatically picture a character from a Western movie, riding a horse? Well, brace yourself, because there is a lot more to Texas than stereotypical history. Here are a few fun facts about Texas that you may not have known:

  1. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and includes 50,000 head of cattle and more than 2,000 miles of fence.
  2. The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas, on July 4, 1883.
  3. Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.
  4. Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
  5. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
  6. Texas possesses three of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States. These cities are Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
  7. The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million, almost as many cattle as people.
  8. More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  9. The capitol building in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  10. Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of being taken over by the United States without choice.

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Come experience Texas for yourself at YES — the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar — in Amarillo, June 16-18. The deadline to register is right around the corner — April 29. If you’re lucky, we may even show you where we park our horses!

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12 thoughts on “Texas Fun Facts”

  1. Your forgetting some:
    11. Texas is the headquarters of NASA Space Center.

    12. Texas has the world’s largest medical center.

    13. Texas has the world’s first domed stadium.

    14. Texas has always been in the top 10 states for football, it’s a ‘no duh Texas is top ten!’

    15. Texas flag is the only flag allowed to fly as high as the American flag!

    16. Texas was it’s own country once :3

    17. Texas’s state bird is the Mockingbird, which makes me think of the book ‘Hungergames’, and how the main character’s district symbol is the Mockingjay. So I think of Texas like that 🙂

    18. Houston is in the top 5 most populated cities in the U.S.

    19. Texas has Buc-ees, and the original Schlitterbahn waterpark ( SchlitterBahn is a world famous waterpark for having the worlds longest water ride, and America’s fastest water ride!)

    20. The Mexican food, steaks, and other meaty dinners in Texas is the best in the world. Even better than Mexico.

    — just thought I’d add some Texas pride! No brag, JUST FACT!–

  2. Sorry Jacob, #15 is incorrect. The federal government has established what is known as “Flag Code”. The federal flag code prescribes that when the U.S. national flag is flown along with state flag(s), the national flag should be given the position of superior prominence. This has been a decades’ old myth that us Texans like to believe is true! 🙂

  3. I went to Texas in 1960 as a field exchange student, A&M College, Bryan Texas. At the fresh age of 18, from my home, Rhodesia in Africa, the eldest of 4 children raised on a ranch, I was sent by my farther to learn the cattle business, which I did. This adventure certainly made me a working cowboy. After cowboying for two years (which included six months with a feedlot in Central Valley, California)and rodeoing some, I returned to my home ranch a very enchanted sole, homesick for the wonderful Texas people and life style. In 1983 I, my wife and family left for Texas with a dream of making ourselves a new home. There’s a lot more to tell-but not now. Texas is certainly vibrant and friendly. I now own a ranch in South Africa and breed ,train and use Quarter Horses with great passion. I still communicate with dear friends from the ’60s and participate in developing Western riding here, with the help from Texas based trainers. I helped get Polocrosse started in Austin. The Hill Country was our patch where our three daughters attended school. I miss it all very much. Clint Whitehead

  4. Number 10 is incorrect. Texas was added to the Union by a simple Act of Congress, not a treaty.

  5. I am born and raised here in Texas. And proud of it. But about number 10, we are the only state that can leave the united states. If we please do to so, but from what I understand rick Perry won’t allow it -.-

  6. Dr Pepper was actually invented in Virginia and the man who made it moved to Texas to market it.

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