Texas is known as the ‘Lone Star State’ in reference to its flag.
Today's Lone Star Flag was adopted on January 24, 1839 as the national flag of the Republic of Texas. The flag was later adopted as the state flag when Texas became the 28th state in 1845. As with the flag of the United States, the blue stands for loyalty, the white represents purity, and the red is for bravery.
What is Texan–style? BIG, for starters, everything is big in Texas. The state of Texas is bigger than some countries, France for example.
It’s naturally bigger:
- Texan jackrabbits have the biggest ears of any rabbit in the world
- Texas has the biggest barrier island in the world
We make it bigger:
- The biggest ranches – The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island
- Lake Texoma is one of the largest man made lakes in America
- The state's cattle population is estimated at around 16 million
- The ten gallon hat!
We build it bigger:
- the biggest religious cross in the western hemisphere at 190ft tall
- the biggest state capital building;
Texas Facts & Figures
Texas is said to have the ugliest state animal in America. The horned toad, which is Texas’ official state reptile. It squirts blood from its eyes when cornered.
Texas has some of the most extreme weather phenomena in the United States. Some of Texas receives no rain at all, but on the 25/26 July 1979, 43 inches of rain fell in Alvin, Texas in 24hours during Tropical Storm, Claudette (although this is an unofficial estimate). The official recorded greatest 24hr rainfall was in Albany, Shackelford County, Texas on 4 August 1979 at 29 inches. The greatest amount of snow to fall in one snow storm is officially recorded to be at Hale Centre on 2 to 5 February 1956 when 33 inches fell.
Texas is famous for its barbeques, a tradition dating back to the days of the open range when a steer was butchered and cooked over an open fire to feed the cowboys. In Amarillo, Texas, one restaurant offers a 72ounce steak free – as long as you can eat it in an hour.
What exactly is a rodeo? 'Rodeo' means 'round up' in Spanish, and the shows date back to the 1700s when the cowboys used to perform tricks for entertainment. When barbed wire fences closed the open ranges, the roundups stopped, but people still wanted to see cowboys perform their tricks. Almost every Large town and city in Texas holds rodeos today where you can see calf roping, livestock shows, bull riding, bucking broncos, barrel racing and livestock shows. The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos on the 4 of July 1883.
Texas has a larger population than any other state in America bar California with around 20 million Texans. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fastest growing region of Texas with more than 5 million people.
People say that “Dallas is where the East peters out; Fort Worth is where the West begins.” Fort Worth’s nickname is 'Cowtown' dating from when it was the end of the Chisholm Trail for cowboys and millions of cattle. Fort Worth was a rough place back then. One especially rough area of town was called 'Hell’s Half Acre' where outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent their time.
Who are the Dallas Cowboys? They are the famous American Football Team with all the pretty cheerleaders!