Texas Musings ...

  1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles
    Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles

    World's first rodeo was in Pecos... July 4, 1883.

    The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America
    built over water.

    The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the
    first full time coach for Rice University, Houston.

    Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in
    North America.

    Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only
    remaining flock of whooping cranes.

    Jalapeño jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

    The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900 caused by a
    hurricane in which over 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

    The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston."

    El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas.

    Laredo is the world's largest inland port.

    Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world' s largest rose garden with
    over 38,000 bushes with 500 varieties on 22 acres.

    King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island.

    Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S.. rainfall record of 43" in
    24 hours in and around Alvin in July 1979.

    Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, instead of by
    annexation. (This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the
    US flag.)

    A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

    Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

    Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after Dr
    in Dr Pepper.

    Texas has had six capital cities ...
    1. Washington-on-the-Brazos
    2. Harrisburg
    3. Galveston
    4. Velasco
    5. West Columbia
    6. Austin

    The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is
    taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC. (by 7 feet).

    The name Texas comes from the Hasini Indian word "tejas" meaning
    friends. Tejas is not Mexican for Texas.

    The first domed stadium in the U.S was the Astrodome in Houston.

    Does anyone else have any other neat facts about your state?