Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fascinating, Little-Known Facts About Texas

As many of you know, we are honorary Texans and have been for quite a few years.
We are so proud to be part of the great Lone Star State.
We've been to Texas many times -- San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and many points in between -- and we are also delighted to count many Texns among our dear friends.
The fine web site I Am A Texan ( has cataloged many fascinating facts about Texas. Here are a few of them:
1. From Beaumont to El Paso it's 742 miles
2. But from Beaumont to Chicago it's 770 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , TX July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston was the only hotel in North America built over water. It was later destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
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 US 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 ," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.
Visit I Am A Texan for more Texas lore. 

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