If you haven’t visited Texas, then what are you waiting for? This is where you can chew on fried bubble gum, marvel at the state tree (the pecan tree,) and listen to some of the best bluegrass music in the world. Texas is the Lone Star State, named so for its unique state flag that features just one single star.
Yet, did you know that Texas is the only state in the nation to have 6 different national flags fly over it? The flags were Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, the Republic of Texas, and the United States of America.
Cool Facts about Texas
1 All Fried Up
Texans are willing to fry anything, and some popular choices are butter, pies, okra, and chicken steak.
2 Extreme Country Vibes
Holding true to the South, Texas’s state dance is the square dance, and the state dish is chili.
3 Mighty Mountains
Texas is also home to some 90 majestic mountains, with the highest being Guadalupe Peak.
4 A Fabulous Farmland
There are over 23,000 farms in Texas, spanning some 132,000 acres of land!
5 Austin is a Huge Hotspot
In fact, about 70% of Texans live within a 200-mile radius of this city.
6 Pliers are Outlawed
It is against the law for a person to be in possession of a pair of pliers, but they somehow make do.
7 Roll with the Punches
The southwestern mascot, the armadillo, is the official state animal of Texas.
8 Texas is Batty!
It turns out that this U.S. state contains the most bat species in the entire nation.
9 A Friendly Namesake
The name “Texas” is the Hasinai Indian word for “friends” (tejas.)
10 Texas is Home to the Live Music Capital of the World
The city of Austin is where you must go if you want to experience an awesome concert atmosphere.
11 Texas could have been even larger?
Texas is actually not as large as it could have been, but the Compromise of 1850 stopped the state from expanding into Mexico. Today, Texas is surrounded by the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, and of course the country of Mexico to the south.
12 Texas Hurricanes are serious!
Did you know that Hurricane Ike was a Category 4 storm that hit Galveston, Texas in September 2013? To date, it is the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history! But we know that you “don’t mess with Texas” (that was actually an anti-littering campaign slogan).
Video: 10 Fascinating Facts about Texas
If you want to learn more about the 2nd biggest state in the US, the Lonestar state of Texas, get ready for some hidden gems in this video. Honestly number 4 surprised me the most
Hi I’m Jay. I grew up in Seattle, Washington and live in Los Angeles, California. I have travelled to 23 countries so far and planning to go explore more countries soon! My Favorite trips so far have been to Israel, Japan, Rome, Iceland and Australia. I started this site to share my love of travel with everyone and build a community of like-minded, free thinking, free exploring people.