A few things about Texas

Published on 28 July 2023 at 11:13

Texas was the 28th state in the USA - it was admitted on December 29, 1845.
State abbreviation = TX
State Capital = Austin
Largest City = Houston
Area = 268,601 square miles (Only Alaska is bigger than Texas)

President Dwight D Eisenhower was born in Denison on October 14, 1890 - he was the 34th US President, served from 1953 - 1961.

President Lyndon B Johnson was born near Johnson City on August 27, 1908 - he was the 36th US President, served from 1963 - 1969. 

Main Rivers in Texas - Rio Grande, Red River, Brazos River
Highest Point - Guadalupe Peak @ 8,749 feet above sea level
Number of counties - 254

The Caddo Indians of Eastern Texas called their group of tribes the "Tejas" - meaning "those who are friends". 

State Nickname - The Lone Star State
State Motto - Friendship
State Song - "Texas, Our Texas"
The State bird - Mockingbird
State mammal, large - Texas longhorn
State mammal, small - Armadillo
State mammal, flying - Free-tailed Bat
State insect - Monarch Butterfly
State reptile - Texas horned lizard
State fish - Guadalupe Bass
State shell - Lightning Whelk
State flower - Bluebonnet
State plant - Prickly Pear Cactus
State tree - Pecan
State grass - Sideoats grama
State shrub - Chinese Crepe Myrtle
State fruit - Red grapefruit
State vegetable - Sweet onion
State fiber - Cotton
State dinosaur - Pleurocoelus
State stone - Petrified Palmwood
State gem - Texas blue topaz


The population of Texas is about 26 million. In people. 
In cattle - add another 14 million!
And in deer - add 2.5 million. 
Oh, and 200,000 alligators! 

70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin. 

The most populous county in Texas is Harris County in southeast Texas with 4.1 million residents. 
The least populated county in Texas and in the United States is Loving County, with 83 residents. 

Texas has 215 cities with a population of 10,000 or more.
24 cities with a population of more than 100,000 residents. 

El Paso, Texas is closer to Needles, CA @ 516 miles away than it is to Dallas, TX @ 571 miles away. 

The King Ranch near Corpus Christi is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Includes 50,000 head of cattle and more than 2,000 miles of fence. 

The State Capitol in Austin stands largest among all the states. 

The San Jacinto Monument near Houston is among the tallest columns in the world.
At 570 feet, it is about 20 feet higher than the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia. 

41 counties in Texas are each larger than the state of Rhode Island. 

The Dallas/Ft. Worth airport (DFW) is larger than New York City's Manhattan Island.

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