Texas is the only state that was a country prior to becoming a state.
The Constitution of 1845, which was the resolution that allowed Texas into the Union, stated that Texas had the right to divide into 4 states in addition to the original Texas. That legal right still remains true.
There has been 6 flags to fly over Texas. The Spanish, French, Mexican, Confederacy, United States, and Republic of Texas. The Spanish controlled Texas from 1519-1685 and 1690-1821. The French from 1685-1690. The Mexican from 1821-1836. The Republic of Texas from 1836-1845. The United States from 1845-1861 and 1865-present. The Confederacy from 1861-1865.
In the Texas state song, the word "boldest" replaced the word "largest" after Alaska became a state.
The state capitol building is the largest state capitol building in the country.
There are actually five state flowers of Texas. Before 1971, there were debates over which variation of bluebonnet was the actual state flower. (Only two variations were known at that time). In 1971, the state legislature solved this confrontation by making both variations and "any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded" the state flower. Currently five variations of bluebonnet are known: lupinus subcarnosus, lupinus texensis, lupinus Havardii, lupinus concinnus, lupinus plattensis. There are also several colors of state flower. Blue, white, pink, lavender, and maroon being the primary colors, with several other minor variations found in nature.
The people of Texas usually call themselves Texans. However, Texian was generally used in the early period of the state's history.
Texas is the only state whose state flag flies as high as the United States flag.
Red Adair fireman oil well fires, Houston
Alvin Ailey choreographer, Rogers
Mary Kay Ash cosmetics entrepreneur, Hot Wells
Steven Fuller Austin founding father of Texas, Austinville,VA
Gene Autry singer, actor, Tioga
Kathy Baker actress, Midland
Clyde Barrow outlaw, Telico
Carol Burnett comedienne, San Antonio
Cyd Charisse actress, dancer, Amarillo
Henry Cisneros politician, San Antonio
Denton A. Cooley heart surgeon, Houston
Joan Crawford actress, San Antonio
Robert Dennard inventor, Terrell
Dwight David Eisenhower U.S. president, general, Denison
A. J. Foyt auto racer, Houston
Larry Hagman actor, Fort Worth
Ben Hogan golfer, Dublin
Buddy Holly musician, Lubbock
Howard Hughes industrialist, film producer, Houston
Jack Johnson boxer, Galveston
Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. president, Stonewall
Michael Johnson olympic sports, Dallas
George Jones singer, Saratoga
Janis Joplin blues singer, Port Arthur
Tommy Lee Jones actor, San Saba
Trini Lopez singer, Dallas
Mary Martin singer, actress, Weatherford
Roger Miller singer, songwriter, Fort Worth
Spanky McFarland actor, Fort Worth
Audie Murphy actor, war hero, Kingston
Willie Nelson singer, Abbot
Chester Nimitz admiral, Fredricksburg
Sandra Day O'Connor jurist, El Paso
Roy Orbisonsinger , Vernon
Buck Owens singer, Sherman
Bonnie Parker outlaw, Rowena
H. Ross Perot philanthropist, Texarkana
Katherine Anne Porter author, Indian Creek
Wiley Post aviator, Grand Saline
Dan Rather TV newscaster , Wharton
Robert Rauschenberg painter, Port Arthur
Tex Ritter singer, Murval
Eugene Wesley Gene Roddenberry screenwriter, El Paso
Tabitha Soren TV journalist, San Antonio
Rip Torn actor, director, Temple
Ernest Tubb country music, Crisp
Tommy Tune dancer, choreographer, Wichita Falls
Kathy Whitworth golfer, Monahans
Dooley Wilson actor, musician, Tyler
Babe Didrikson Zaharias athlete, golfer, Port Arthur