20 Texas Fun Facts

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Texas cattle and calf population in the year 2019 totaled 13.0 million head on January 1, 2019, up 4 percent from 2018 inventory. Texas ranks first in the nation in the total number of cattle and calves with 14 percent of the total United States inventory.

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Texas is larger than any country in western Europe and the King Ranch in Texas is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

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You can legally shoot BIGFOOT in Texas. Texas law suggests you can shoot Big Foot and turn him or her into the biggest trophy that ever hung above a fireplace, according to Fox News.  Turns out the legendary monster can be considered exotic under the terms of Texas law which states an exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. But would you really want to shoot Big Foot? Unlike the hunted of the past Big Foot might be worth more alive than dead!

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Bugs Bunny’s “What’s Up, Doc?” originated in Dallas. Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery the Looney Tunes animator attended North Dallas High School and introduced the phrase to the rest of the world. Tex said that he did not think much of it because it was a commonly used phrase growing up.

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Devil’s Backbone Highway

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Devil’s Backbone is a breathtaking scenic drive along State Highway 32 and runs for 122 miles on a winding road through the Texas hill country. It is also so haunted that it will send chills down your spine. According to legend, the highway is haunted by Confederate soldiers and Spanish monks. Other spirits that inhabit the road are a Native American cattle herder named Drago, a wolf spirit, a miner’s widow, and a wolf. Finally, is a terrifying ghost that likes to appear on the hoods of the cars driving along Purgatory Road. Road trip anyone…..?  I have a personal story about this one I might share one day…….

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Texas has 350 Miles of Coastline

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Texas has approximately 350 miles of coastline. Popular coastal cities in Texas are Port Aransas, Galveston, and Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is also a very affordable retirement destination. There are many smaller beachside towns in Texas that are worth a visit when you have time which offer the quaint beachside atmosphere you may be looking for. Texas also has islands and peninsulas many of which are small unnamed barrier islands. The most popular are South Padre Island, Galveston Island, Matagorda Island, San Jose Island, Brazos Island, Bolivar Peninsula, and my personal favorite Mustang Island.

Texas has 267,339 Square Miles

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Driving from the farthest point north to the southern tip of Texas is 800 miles as the crow flies.

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Texas is a total of 267,339 square miles with plains, mountains, deserts, forests, beaches, hills, rivers, lakes, swamps, canyons, plateaus, natural springs, wetlands, and prairies.

Bracken Cave has 15 Million Bats

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There are more bat species living in Texas than in any other part of the U.S. Old Tunnel State Park is a 920-foot, abandoned Northern Railway railroad tunnel that was purchased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department near Fredericksburg, TX as a bat sanctuary and is home to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats from May through October. Bracken cave just north of San Antonio on the city outskirts is home to the world’s largest bat colony of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats. One of the most popular urban bat colonies is South Congress Bridge in Austin, TX home to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats from March through November.

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Lyndon B. Johnson and Dwight D. Eisenhower are the only Texas-born US Presidents to date. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, and Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas.

Texas Leads the Nation in Wind-Powered Electricity

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Texas leads the nation in wind-powered electricity generation, crude oil production and crude oil refining.  

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Texas is the only state with a stand-alone electricity grid.

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Texas has records of human habitation dating back over sixteen thousand years.

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Texas’s biggest cultural export to the rest of the United States is its food. Mexican food often referred to as Tex Mex generates more than $40 billion in revenue per year in the US.

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BBQ or Texas barbeque as it is referred to in Texas refers to methods of preparation for barbecue that are unique. Often smoked over hickory or mesquite wood this technique was brought to Texas with its German and Czech settlers in the 1800s. This technique varies from region to region while some regions prefer oak or pecan as the wood to prepare the smoked meat over.

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The oil revolution and subsequent Texas oil boom started in Texas after the discovery of the Spindle Top Oil Field on January 10, 1901.

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Texas State Highway 130 also known as Pickle Parkway has a 42-mile stretch of toll road between SH 45 and I-10 with a posted speed limit of 85 MPH making it the fastest speed limit in the nation.

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There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas.

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Dr. Pepper, a carbonated soft drink, was created in the 1880s by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas.

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The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge built in 1870. It is still used today as a pedestrian crossing over the Brazos River.

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What are some fun facts about Texas?

Texas is the only state to have had six different flags flown over it and Texas is the second biggest state in terms of population and landmass. Some other interesting facts about Texas include that it was once an independent republic, and its largest city is Houston. Other fun facts about Texas include the King Ranch in Texas, which is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island, and the Texas Rio Grande River which forms part of the border with Mexico. Texas has three different climates which include subtropical, desert, and semiarid.

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Editor in Chief, Kay Keeton - Texas Lifestyle Expert. Kay is a designer turned author, marketer, storyteller, and influencer. A sixth-generation Texan, Kay is both an authority as well as being passionate about sharing her home state of Texas's diverse culture and lifestyle. Kay is a content writer and editor of content for various local and national online publications.

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