The Lone Star State, Texas, has had a colorful history. Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present. It is the leading producer of wool. The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870, it is still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
One of the most famous Texans in history, Sam Houston, was actually born in Virginia. He served as the Governor of Tennessee before moving to Texas. Texas joined the soda movement with Dr Pepper in 1885. It also holds the world’s largest inland port, located in Laredo.
There is much more to learn about Texas. Many of the facts are main stream, but there are a few that are not out there in the eye of everyone.
- Port Lavaca has the world’s longest fishing pier. Originally part of the causeway connecting the two sides of Lavaca Bay, the center span of was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
- Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
- The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state’s most popular historic site.
- Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.
- The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842.
With so much in the past, and present, it is very hopeful for the people of Texas. Moving down to the Lone Star State could be a great move for you and the family.