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Trivia:

  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
  • Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.
  • 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.
  • Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
  • 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.
  • The capitol in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies.
  • The armadillo is the official state mammal.
  • More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
  • 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 has the world's largest helium well.
  • The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
  • Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.

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