Texas, a state in south-central United States, is synonymous with cowboys. Check out some fun and interesting facts about Texas.

Facts About Texas

Texas is a state in south-central United States, which is also known by the name of ‘Lone Star State’. It boasts of a very varied geography, which goes piney woods to semi-forests of oak and cross timbers, into rolling plains and prairie and then, finally to desert in the Big Bend. Being the center of the American cattle industry, most of the people in the outside world think of Texas as something of a cowboy city. Though Texas was never too backward a state, its economic boom started in the early 1900s, with the discovery of oil. Today, the economy of the state has undergone major diversifications and boasts of a growing base in high technology.
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Fun & Interesting Facts about Texas 
  • Texas is also known as the ‘Lone Star State’.
  • Texas is the second largest state of US, in terms of area as well as population.
  • Houston is the largest city in Texas, while Austin is the state’s capital city.
  • Spain was the first European country to claim Texas. In 1836, the state became the independent Republic of Texas.
  • Texas joined the United States in 1845, as its 28th state.
  • Around 70 percent of the population in Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin.
  • As per a law in Texas, people cannot carry around a fence cutter or a pair of pliers that could cut a fence.
  • Austin, the capital of Texas, is considered to be the live music capital of the world.
  • Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas.
  • Central Texas is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of the South’.
  • Guadalupe Peak, soaring to a height of 8,749 feet, is the highest point in Texas.
  • In Houston, it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.
  • In Odessa, the Star of David and the peace symbol are forbidden by the city's dress code, since they are considered to be Satanic symbols.
  • In Texas, it is illegal to curse in front of a corpse or expose it indecently.
  • It is claimed that the smallest Catholic Church in the world that is still in operation is in Warrenton, Texas.
  • Texas is the largest producer of wool in the whole of United States.
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth area is the largest metropolitan statistical area in Texas.
  • In Texas, it is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
  • The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard, in Galveston, is the only hotel in North America that has been built entirely over water.
  • The Hertzberg Circus Museum of Texas boasts of having one of the largest assortments of circusana in the world.
  • The Houston Comets of Texas is the only team in the country to win four back-to-back WNBA championships.
  • The King Ranch of Texas, near Corpus Christi, is even larger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • In Texas, it's illegal to put graffiti on someone else's cow.
  • The longest river in Texas is Rio Grande, spreading over an area of around 1270 miles.
  • The name ‘Texas’ has been derived from the Hasinai Indian word ‘tejas’, which literally means friends or allies.
  • The official state sport of Texas is Rodeo.
  • The state bird of Texas is ‘mockingbird’, while the state flower is Bluebonnet (lupinus).
  • The state of Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  • The Waco Bridge of Texas was the first suspension bridge in the United States.
  • Three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States are in Texas, namely Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

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