Texas is one of the most well-known states worldwide, bordering on Mexico and hosting many tourists yearly. Whether you’re from the Lone Star state yourself or just wish to know more about it, below are a few interesting facts about this American state.
The Lone Star State
You may have heard Texas being called the Lone Star state, but do you know why? This nickname comes from the struggle it faced to become independent from Mexico and to represent that Texas is an independent state now. There are many interesting Texas Independence Day facts to help you understand more about the great importance of this day for Texan citizens.
Unfortunately, Galveston, Texas is home of the worst natural disaster to ever be recorded in the United States. The hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900 had more than 8,000 deaths recorded. Texas is also home to the most tornadoes in the United States every year.
There are still some strange laws in Texas, including the fact you can be hung if you steal cattle or paint graffiti on another man’s cow. You may also be in trouble with the law if you swear or indecently expose yourself in front of a dead body. The strangest one goes to Galveston, where it is illegal to have a camel running around untethered on the beach.
There is a popular song about Luckenbach by Waylon Jennings you may have heard of, released in 1977. After this song was released, it became so popular that so many road signs were stolen from Luckenbach, so much so that the government had to stop making them.
The Home of Dr Pepper
Texas is the home of Dr Pepper, being invented in Waco in 1885. Even though the true story behind its name is unknown, there is actually no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper, although it is often misspelled this way.
Texas is home to the most airports in the country and boasts the world’s third largest airport runway in the world at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, which is also interestingly an alternate landing site for the space shuttle. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is also the home of the world’s largest car park. Texas doesn’t like to do things by half.
The 28th State
Texas was the 28th state in the United States, admitted into the Union in 1845. Another fact not very well known is that Texas is the only state to enter the Union by treaty rather than territorial annexation.
Amarillo has a few fun facts, including a song written about this city called “Is this the way to Amarillo?”. Every year, Amarillo is host to the largest calf fry cook-off in the world. If you didn’t know, calf fries refer to bull’s testicles. It is also home to around 90% of the world’s helium, which is located deep beneath this Texan city.
Texas is the home to many more interesting facts and strange laws that make the state what it is today.