State of Texas

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Texas State Facts

  • List of Counties

  • List of Towns

  • Points of Interest

  • Capital: Austin

  • Largest city: Houston

  • Highest point: Guadalupe Peak, 8,751 ft (2667.4 m)

  • Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico, sea level

  • Admission to Union: December 29, 1845 (28th)

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Texas State Information

  • Corn Ranch is a spaceport in Van Horn. Blue Origin’s and the State of Texas’ first human spaceflight launched at Corn Ranch on July 20 2021

  • Texas emits the most greenhouse gases in the U.S.

  • Thunderstorms strike Texas often, especially the eastern and northern portions of the state. Tornado Alley covers the northern section of Texa

  • Texas highway would be the first to allow 85 mph speed limit between Austin and San Antonio.

  • On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island

  • On March 9, 1985, the first-ever Adopt-a-Highway sign is erected on Texas’s Highway 69. The highway was adopted by the Tyler Civitan Club, which committed to picking up trash along a designated two-mile stretch of the road.

  • In Texas, it is still a "hanging offense" to steal cattle.

  • We don’t measure distance in miles, but rather time.

  • Chicken fried steak is not poultry

  • When it comes to BBQ, beef is boss

Texas Points of Interest

Texas Points of Interest

Points of Interest of Texas, Things To Do, Places To Go, People To Meet

Our Story

The state of Texas is the second most populated state in the country and second ranked most extensive state with a total land area of 268,581 square miles. The states name was derived from the Caddo word “Tejas” which has the meaning “friends” and was given by the Spanish to the Caddo people. Texas is bordered by New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana and has a total population of roughly 25.7 million people. The region where present day Texas currently is located was originally known as “Nuevo Reino de Filipinas: La Provincia de Texas” during the period of Spanish rule.

The largest city in Texas is Houston which is also the fourth largest in the United States, while the city of San Antonio is the second largest in the state and the seventh largest in the country. The state capital is Austin which is also another major city in the state. The state has received the nickname the “Lone Star State” which represents the state as a former independent republic as well as a general reminder of how the state struggled for its independence from Mexico.

The geography of the state is diverse and resembles parts of southern and southwestern America. Many people think of desert land when Texas comes to mind however less than 10% of the total land are within the state actually consists of desert. Most of the states residents are located near prairies, forests, grasslands, and coastline.

The major industries in Texas include petroleum and natural gas, cotton and livestock farming, banking, steel, tourism, and insurance. The state has many main bodies of water including the Rio Grande River, Brazos River, and Red River. The highest point of elevation in the state is Guadalupe Peak which sits 8,749 feet above sea level. The state bird is the Mockingbird, the state fish is the Guadalupe Bass, the state flower is the Bluebonnet, and the state tree is the Pecan Tree. Texas has such a wide range of activities for people to enjoy across its large landscape which makes it an ideal state for people to travel to. Many people who enjoy the outdoors frequently visit the state as it offers numerous options as far as outdoor activities as well as a unique and busy city life.

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) center for human spaceflight activities—located in Houston, Texas

Nothing will give you away as a foreigner more than saying pop or soda when ordering carbonated beverages. Those things are called Cokes. It’s a generic term we use. I don’t care if you really want a Pepsi, 7-Up, Mountain Dew, or Sprite. They are all known as Cokes. The only time they’re not called Cokes is when you want a Dr Pepper. The Dr Pepper {don’t ever put a period after Dr} was invented in Waco and thus deserves a certain amount of respect.