Texas websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. Texas contains diverse landscapes, resembling in places both the Deep South and the Southwest. Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
Texas is the second largest U.S. state in both area and population, with an area of 268,820 square miles (or 7.4% of the nation's total area), and with a growing population of 24.6 million residents. Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the United States, while the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the state and the fourth-largest in the nation. Other major cities include San Antonio, El Paso, and Austinthe state capital.
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.
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.
Texas is associated throughout much of the world with the image of the cowboy. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Historically and culturally, Texas is usually considered part of the American South.
In the early 1900s, oil discoveries initiated an economic boom in the state. Texas has since economically diversified. It has a growing base in high technology, biomedical research and higher education. Its gross state product is the second-highest in the nation.
Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.The Heisman trophy is named for John William Heisman the first full-time coach and athletic director at Rice University in Houston.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper. Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.
Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.