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Davy Crockett


"You'all can go to hell. I am going to Texas." 

-- Davy Crockett after serving three terms as a Tennessee congressman.



Texas' official dance is the square dance.


The all American meal, the hamburger, was created in Athens, Texas.


Davy Crockett had another distinction in Texas, besides dying at the Alamo. He also served three terms as a congressman in Tennessee. Before leaving he informed his peers, "You'all can go to hell. I am going to Texas."


It is illegal to milk another person's cow.


General Sam Houston carried two books with him throughout his campaign for Texas liberty, "Gulliver's Travels" and "Caesar's War Commentaries".


Six flags have flown over TexasTexas is the only state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it.  They are:  Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States and the United States.


In 1921 a hurricane deposited twenty-three inches of rain on Texas in one day.


Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.


The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.


Of the nation's ten largest cities, three are in Texas (Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio).


Texas today is also home for about 2.5 million deer and 200,000 alligators.


The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was "Houston". 


The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.


The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely over the water.




El Muerto Headless HorsemanIn the South Texas Brush Country, the ghost of a Headless Horseman, referred to as El Muerto, is said to continue to roam.


Lubbock doesn't have any storm drains.


The written test for University of Texas at Austin campus police in the 1960s asked applicants the shape of their excrement to test their ability to be observant.


The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a recipe for making beer that can be used at home.


A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state.  The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.


Texas State representative, Jim Kaster, introduced a bill that all criminals must notify their victims in advance of their crimes and remind them that use of deadly force is authorized.


To combat the deadly killer bee, the Harris County Fire Department has 11 trucks equipped with soapy water sprayers that do nothing but respond to killer bee calls. Currently, the Austin Fire Department will only deal with emergency situations involving killer bee attacks in progress.


The oldest human skeleton ever found in the Western Hemisphere was discovered in 1953 near Midland, Texas . It was first believed that the skeleton, the remains of a 30-year-old woman, was 10,000 years old.  However, the latest estimates are that it is much older.


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.


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


Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo, TexasThe Big Texan Steak Ranch Restaurant in Amarillo serves a 4½ pound steak for free, if you can eat it in an hour.


Franklin Mountains State Park, in El Paso County, is the largest urban park in the nation at over 24,049 acres, covering some 37 square miles, all within the city limits of El Paso.


You can be legally married by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife three times.


Texas has a total of 6,300 square miles of inland lakes and streams, second only to Alaska.


Texas has four national forests – Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine and Sam Houston; and two national parks – Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains.


Route 66 ProductsThere were more than 70 World War II prisoner-of-war camps in Texas, more than any other state.  Primarily the camps housed German solders, but also held Italian and Japanese prisoners.


Texas has 90 mountains a mile or more high, with Guadalupe Peak in West Texas at 8,751 feet being the tallest.


According to archaeologists, the site of one of the oldest areas of human habitation in North America is near Lubbock, Texas. Located in the northeastern part of Lubbock County, the site dates back to the Clovis period some 12,000 years ago.


In Texarkana owners of horses may not ride them at night without taillights.


The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in San Antonio trots out thousands of dead animals and dead animal parts for your enjoyment.   The museum features a 4,000-antler chandelier and a chair made for Teddy Roosevelt out of 62 pair of buffalo horns. This massive assemblage of Texas-style stuff also includes a dead baby giraffe, a bottle cap collection, portraits made from rattlesnake rattlers and a large Indian chief silhouette "drawn" in sheet metal with a .22 caliber rifle.


The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in the State of Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.



Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated April, 2015.


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