When you think about Texas, cowboys, firearms, oil, and the best barbeque in the world will come to your mind. While a trip to Texas is guaranteed to provide many of those things, there may be some surprises along the road.
Following are some fascinating facts about the Lone Star State, ranging from its vast history to a few surprising information in the Lone Star State that would blow you away!
Texas Was Once An Independent Country
Texas was once an independent country for a short time. This was a ten-year era after Texas gained independence from Mexico, from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846. The state was called the Republic of Texas throughout its liberty period, and it even had its flag. In every aspect, it was an independent nation.
Texas was admitted to the United States of America on December 29, 1845, and has become the Texas you know and love today.
It Is Where Dr Pepper Originated
One interesting fact about Texas is that it was home to Dr Pepper, one of the iconic drinks in the US. In 1885, Charles Dalton, the creator of Dr Pepper, invented the drink in Waco, a city in Texas. This drink’s recipe is still a secret and, up to this day, is separated in two halves and kept inside safety boxes of two different banks in Dallas, Texas.
The Six Flags Over Texas Theme Park
In Texas, there is a theme park called Six Flags Over Texas. Within the park, there were six divisions. The six sections’ inspiration was the six countries whose flags have soared over Texas throughout its colorful history.
The flags represent the six countries, the Republic of Texas, Mexico, France, the Confederate States of America, Spain, and the United States of America. You may see these six flags on the reverse of the Seal of Texas.
The Deadliest Natural Disaster in US History Happened In Texas.
The Great Galveston Hurricane, a category four hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas, was the deadliest in the United States. With a storm surge of 2.4–4.5 meters (8–15 feet), the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 killed approximately 6,000 to 12,000 people.
Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,200 lives, was the second deadliest hurricane in the history of the United States.
Texas Has Its Own Electrical Grid That Separates To The Rest Of America.
In the United States, there are three existing electrical grids: one is for states in the eastern Rocky Mountains, another for states located between the Pacific and the Rocky Mountains, and a third for Texas. During WWII, they created the Texas electrical grid to ensure that all Texas companies generating essential war supplies could survive.
The Designer Of The Texas Flag Is Still Unknown To The Public
Dr. Charles B. Stewart drew an early version of the Texas flag, but no one knows who originally designed it. When the government approved the flag, they used Stewart’s illustration, although the origin of its design is still unknown.
Texas Is Bigger Than Any European Country.
Texas is so large that it beats the land area of every country in Europe. Texas would have been the 40th biggest country in terms of land area if it were an independent country.
Texas is the second-largest state in the United States, following Alaska, measuring 696,240 square kilometers or 268,820 square miles.
The State Is Also The Home Of Frozen Margaritas
Mariano Martinez is an entrepreneur and inventor from the United States. In 1971, he came up with the idea of putting a margarita through a soft-serve ice cream maker in Dallas, Texas. As a result, Martinez created the world’s first frozen margarita. He then converted a Slurpee machine to make margaritas and called it “The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine.”
It is worth noting that Texans love their fair share of frozen margaritas.
Texas Has The “Helium Capital of The World”
Amarillo, a city in Texas, is home to the USA’s National Helium Reserve, a massive underground storage facility with over 90% of the world’s recoverable helium supply. Several failed attempts to duplicate helium led scientists to assume that the gas did not exist on Earth.
You Can Find the Largest Bat Colony In Texas
A sinkhole on the edge of a beautiful limestone hill in southern Texas known as the Bracken Cave is a site to the world’s biggest known bat colony, with more than 20 million bats, far beyond Mexico City’s whole human population. Bracken Cave is also one of the biggest concentrations of mammal populations in the world. Also in Texas, around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, lies the world’s largest urban bat colony.
Caddo Lake Is The Single Natural Lake In The State
In the entire state, there is only a single natural lake. The fact that Texas has only one natural lake is general knowledge among Texans. Caddo Lake is situated in East Texas and spans the Texas/Louisiana state boundary. However, some believe that Caddo is simply Texas’ largest natural lake and that there are a few more, the most of which are smaller in size.