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Miscellaneous Information

  • There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas.
  • Texas has 6,300 square miles of inland lakes and streams, second only to Alaska.
  • Tallest point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak at 8,751 feet.
  • The coastline of Texas stretches 624 miles along the Gulf of Mexico and is home to 600 plus historical shipwrecks.
  • The Texas Indian population ranks sixth among the states, with approximately 65,000.
  • Texas was annexed to the United States as the 28th state on December 29, 1845.
  • Texas has approximately 11,500 historical markers, 700 local history museums, and more than 2,000 sites listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
  • The present Texas Constitution was ratified on February 15, 1876.
  • The Battle of the Alamo, lasting nearly two weeks, ended on March 6, 1836, with the deaths of all it's defenders (numbering about 190). The Mexican army of Santa Anna numbered 4,000. Among those killed were Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie and William B. Travis.
  • The King Ranch was founded by Richard King and grew to 825,000 acres.
  • Rodeos were first held in Pecos, Texas. They were a contest to show off the skilled used in cowboy's everyday work.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre never happened in the Lone Star State. The movie was loosely based on a situation in Wisconsin.
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth airport is larger than New York City's Manhattan Island.
  • The smallest Catholic church in the world still in operation claims to be in Warrenton, Texas. Measuring 12 feet by 15 feet, the church seats 15 and is only open once a year.
  • The written test for University of Texas at Austin campus police in the 1960s asked applicants the shape of their excrement to test their ability to be observant.
  • To combat the deadly killer bee, the Harris County Fire Department has 11 trucks equipped with soapy water sprayers that do nothing but respond to killer bee calls. Currently, the Austin Fire Department will only deal with emergency situations involving killer bee attacks in progress.
  • To be elected in the State of Texas, one must believe in a supreme being.
  • According to one inside source, the majority of men who attend meetings at the Austin Men's Center have beards.
  • There is a petrified buffalo hairball at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco.
  • There's a ghost on the 5th floor of Austin's Driskill Hotel.
  • Fort Creek, Texas was hotter than hell in 1855. So was San Antonio in 1996!
  • Texas has 64 national champion trees, meaning they are the largest specimens of their species in the country. They include cedar elm, persimmon, eastern red cedar, and yaupon holly. They are all extinct now.
  • One of the lenses at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory has a nick in it because a worker got mad at something and shot at it.
  • The world's largest oatmeal cake was baked in Bertram, Texas during Labor Day weekend in 1991. The 33-layer cake stood more than 3 feet tall, weighed 333 pounds, and served 3,333 people.
  • In Texas, you could have been jailed for giving out or discussing information on birth control 50 years ago.
  • In Waco, Texas, out of the five magazines with the top market share, Modern Maturity (the publication of the American Association of Retired Persons) is number one. The remaining four are men's magazines.
  • For $150 you can become a licensed dead animal hauler in Texas.
  • According to one geographer, digging straight down from Austin will not get you to China, but to Iraq.
  • In Texas, it's illegal to put graffiti in someone else's cow.
  • People who moved to Lockhart, Texas in the 1950s are still considered by natives of the town to be newcomers.
  • Early Spanish missionaries in Texas hoped to encourage the spread of European values by offering flannel underwear to Native Americans.
  • In the mid 1980s, the employee cafeteria at Motorola in Austin had to stop serving food that contained poppy seeds because people showed false positives for opium when they were drug tested. Since then, the company reintroduced poppy seeds and added Valium and several anti-depressants to a list of things not to bother testing for.
  • In 1964, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson gave out poinsettias as Christmas presents. In 1967, Lyndon gave Lady Bird a yellow wool dress and matching jacket for Christmas.
  • The cave of Sonora, Texas are the third best in the United States.
  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state's highways and roads.
  • The only place in the world where they make Dr. Pepper according to the original formula is in Dublin, Texas.
  • The movie "Paris, Texas" was banned in the city of Paris, Texas shortly after its box office release.
  • The first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos, Texas in his coon skin underwear.

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