41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Texas
There's no place like the Lone Star State!
2. Texas was its own country from 1836 until 1845, when it finally agreed to join the United States.
3. Three of North America's ten largest cities are in Texas—Houston (#4), San Antonio (#7), and Dallas (#9). Sorry Austin (#11).
4. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
6. It's completely legal to shoot and kill Big Foot if you see him (or her) in Texas.
7. In 2005, the town of Clark formally renamed itself to DISH, TX, as part of a deal for every resident to receive free basic television and DVR services from DISH Network.
8. In Norwegian slang, "Texas" means "crazy."
9. In 1942, the BBC banned the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in factories, as the clapping portion of the song was seen as a hazard around heavy machinery.
10. The term Maverick comes from the name of a badass Texan from the 1800s known as Samuel Maverick.
14. Six Flags amusement parks owe its namesake to Texas state history.
First opened 1961 in Arlington, Six Flags was named after the six flags that have flown in ownership over Texas—the United States, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, France, Spain, and Mexico.
19. The deadliest natural disaster in American history took place in Texas.
In 1900, a Category 4 hurricane struck the shoreline of Galveston, killing at least 8,000 people and destroying over $20,000,000 in property—which would be somewhere around $700,000,000 in today's market.
28. The oldest law enforcement agency in North America are the Texas Rangers.
29. Honorary Texas Rangers include Chuck Norris, John Wayne, Will Rogers, and former President George H.W. Bush.
30. It's illegal to let a camel run loose on the beaches of Galveston.
31. Texas boasts more than 72,000 miles of highways.