Texas Was Once an Independent Nation
Before becoming a state, Texas was an independent nation known as the Republic of Texas for nearly a decade from 1836 to 1845. It’s the only state to have been a decade-long successful self-governing republic before joining the union.
It’s Bigger Than Any European Country
Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S, both in terms of area and population. It’s so big that it’s larger than any European country. If Texas were a country, it would be the 39th largest in the world.
Home to the Live Music Capital of the World
Austin, the capital of Texas, is recognized as the live music capital of the world. With more than 250 music venues, the city hosts several music festivals, including the renowned South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Festival.
Texas Has Its Own Power Grid
Unlike the rest of the United States, which is divided into the Eastern and Western power grids, Texas operates on its own power grid, making it the only state to do so.
King Ranch in Texas is Bigger Than Rhode Island
King Ranch, located in South Texas, is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. It’s one of the largest and oldest active ranches in the United States, with a size of 825,000 acres.
The Name Texas Comes from the Caddo Word for Friends
The name Texas derives from the Caddo Indian word ‘taysha,’ meaning friends or allies. This reflects the state motto of Texas, “Friendship.”
Texas Has the Highest Speed Limit in America
Texas also has the highest posted speed limit in the U.S. On Texas State Highway 130, you can legally drive at 85 miles per hour.
More Wool Comes from Texas Than Any Other State
Texas leads the nation in wool production. The state is responsible for about 74% of the country’s mohair production and has the second largest number of sheep of any state.
The State is Rich in Dinosaur Fossils
Texas is a paleontological hotspot with over 600 dinosaur tracks at the Paluxy River, Glen Rose. The official state dinosaur, Paluxysaurus jonesi, was also discovered here.
Texas is a Major Player in Wind Energy
Texas leads the U.S. in wind power production, contributing to a substantial portion of the state’s electricity generation. It produces more wind energy than most countries in the world.
From being an independent nation to leading in wool and wind power production, Texas boasts a rich and diverse history. Its vast land encompasses everything from thriving urban cities to traditional ranches, fossil-rich lands to impressive wind farms.