Texas Fun Facts & Trivia

The only place in the world where they make Dr. Pepper according to the original formula is in Dublin,Texas.  Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state’s highways and roads.

Rodeo is the official state sport of Texas, though High School Football is more popular.

In the mid 1980s, the employee cafeteria at Motorola in Austin had to stop serving food that contained poppy seeds because people showed false positives for opium when they were drug tested. Since then, the company reintroduced poppy seeds, and added Valium and several antidepressants to a list of things not to bother testing for.

Early Spanish missionaries in Texas hoped to encourage the spread of European values by offering flannel underwear to Native Americans.

People who moved to Lockhart, Texas in the 1950s are still considered by natives of the town to be newcomers.

In 1964, Austin writer John Morthland became the first person in America to interview the Rolling Stones. John, who was a high school junior in San Bernardino, California, interviewed the band when they arrived for the maiden U.S. tour for his school’s paper.

There are stalactites and stalagmites in the breezeway at the University of Texas Law School.

For $150 you can become a licensed dead animal hauler in Texas.

Fifty years ago, you could have been jailed for giving out or discussing information on birth control.

The world’s largest oatmeal cake was baked and built in Bertram, Texas during Labor Day weekend 1991. The 33-layer cake stood more than 3 feet tall, weighed 333 pounds, and served 3,333 people.

Texas boasts the largest of all the state capitol buildings, constructed of 15,000 carloads of pink granite.

Dallas’ corner of Elm and Houston streets has a sordid history. The building completed there in November 1898 was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in May 1901. By the fall of 1901 it was rebuilt. In that same building 62 years later, Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President Kennedy from the sixth floor.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s Snickers bars are made in Waco at the M&M/Mars plant.

Will Rogers’ father and uncle were boyhood friends of Sam Houston. Their half sister, Will Rogers’ aunt, was also Sam Houston’s Indian wife.

In Texas, it’s illegal to put graffiti on someone else’s cow.

In Houston it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.

The World’s largest parking lot is located at DFW Airport.

In Odessa, Texas the star of David and the peace symbol are forbidden by the city’s dress code because they are considered to be Satanic symbols.The 1850 census recorded 213,000 people in Texas. In 1900, there were three million people, and by 1990, the population was more than 16 million.  Today, approximately 18 million people live in Texas, only slightly outnumbering its 15 million cattle.

Three existing Indian reservations are in the state: the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, located between Livingston and Woodville in East Texas; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Tigua IndianReservation) near El Paso; and the Kickapoo Reservation in Maverick County. Most Native Americans in Texas live outside reservations. Texas’ Indian population ranks sixth among the states, with approximately 65,000.

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The Battle of the Alamo, lasting nearly two weeks, ended on March 6, 1836, with the deaths of all its defenders – about 190.  The Mexican army numbered 4,000-5,000 during its final charge.

According to newspaper accounts, the first powered airplane was flown in Texas nearly forty years before the Wright Brothers version in 1903.  Inventor-pilot Jacob Brodbeck powered the plane with coil springs and reached treetop heights before crashing into a henhouse killing several chickens and scaring many children in 1865.

Texas has approximately 11,500 historical markers. Marker subjects include historic courthouses, frontier forts, Spanish missions and presidios, cemeteries, churches, individuals, historic homes and buildings and Texas independence battle sites. More than 700 local history museums, 40,000 recorded archeological sites and more than 2,000 sites in Texas are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

In Texas, it is illegal to curse in front of or indecently expose a corpse.

According to one report, more popcorn is sold in Dallas, Texas than anywhere in the U.S. (The average American eats 42 quarts of popcorn a year.)

Waco, Tx, 1939

Waco is one of only two cities in the U.S. that has a radio station whose call letters spell out the name of the city.

There’s a Texas law that forbids people from carrying around a fence cutter or a pair of pliers that could cut a fence.

Lubbock, Texas is the largest city in the United States that is dry.

The Amarillo airport has the 3rd largest runway in the world and is designated as an alternate landing site for the space shuttle.

The smallest Catholic church in the world still in operation claims to be in Warrenton, Texas. Measuring 12 feet by 15 feet, the church seats 15 and is only open once a year.

Forty percent of the farm-grown catfish in the United States is consumed by Texans.

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