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The Lone Star

The Lone Star

Just wanted to tell y’all something about TEXAS, our new home State. Texas, The Lone Star State, the Republic of Texas, Don’t Mess with Texas.. unique features of Texas include:

  • Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
  • Texas is the only State to have had its own embassies in other countries, apart from United States embassies. The Republic of Texas built two Embassies of the Republic of Texas in the United Kingdom; one in London and another directly opposite of St. James’s Palace in the Court of St. James’s. These buildings still stand today.
  • The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, situated in Houston, is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) center for human spaceflight training, research, and flight control. This is the root of the infamous phrase “Houston, we’ve had a problem” from the Apollo 13 launch.
  • The Texas Medical Center, located in Houston, is the largest medical center in the world and is a leading researcher in various subjects of the medical field. More heart surgeries are performed at the medical center than anywhere else in the world.
  • Texas has the largest number of state parks, state recreation areas, and state historic sites of any state.
  • The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state’s most popular historic site.
  • The lightning whelk is the official state shell.
  • Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • Texas (US) is 18.64 times as big as The Netherlands.
  • Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country. More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
  • A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
  • The Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest assortments of circus stuff in the world (I’m just going to go ahead and skip visiting that one see my my I hate Clowns post)
  • The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
  • Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.
  • Professional sports teams include the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.
  • 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.
  • In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin.
  • The name Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word “tejas” meaning friends or allies.
  • The armadillo is the official state mammal (and official road kill champion of the State)
  • The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was “Houston”.
  • Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
  • Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area and is the largest state of the contiguous United States.
  • The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.
  • More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  • More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
  • Laredo, Texas is the world’s largest inland port.
  • Port Lavaca has the world’s longest fishing pier. Originally part of the causeway connecting the two sides of Lavaca Bay, the center span of was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
  • The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world’s largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.
  • Amarillo, Texas has the world’s largest helium well.
  • The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883.
  • The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely over the water, it was severely damaged during Hurricane Ike causing its closureFlagshipHotelGalvestonTX1970sPCTem


  • Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.
  • People in Texas get information on their Land Patents in Austin not at the BLM in Virginia as the States do.
  • Texans pledge allegiance to both the US and the Texas flag. The pledge to the Texas flag is: Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible

And finally some, why-work-here-as-a-Civil-Engineer facts

  • Texas is the 11th largest economy in the world.
  • There are more Fortune 500 companies that have their home base in Texas than anywhere else in the country.
  • Over 90% of the land of Texas is privately owned.
  • Texas has the longest highway and railroad systems in the nation. It also has the most number of airports of any state in the Union.
  • The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
  • Three of the 5 fastest-growing cities in the country between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas
  • Four of the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth in 2013 are in Texas
  • Houston has the highest ‘effective’ pay check in the country
  • Texas has no State Income Tax
  • Texas is the “Land of the Free” with limited rules and regulations. NH should probably hand over their State motto
  • Texans great people who are unpretentious, down-to-earth and easy to get along with. I love the Texans and I love Texas!!








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