What You Should Know About Texas!



1. FROM WHERE DOES THE STATE NAME "TEXAS" COME?

  • The name Texas comes from Tejas, an Indian word meaning friendly.

    2. WHAT IS THE STATE MOTTO?

  • Friendship.

    3. WHAT IS THE STATE NICKNAME?

  • The Lone Star State.

    4. WHAT IS THE STATE BIRD?

  • The Mockingbird.

    5. WHAT IS THE STATE TREE?

  • The Pecan tree.

    6. WHAT IS THE STATE FLOWER?

  • Bluebonnet.

    7. WHAT IS THE STATE GEM?

  • Topaz.

    8. WHAT IS THE STATE STONE?

  • Petrified Palmwood.

    9. WHAT IS THE STATE FOOD DISH?

  • Chili.

    10. WHAT IS THE STATE SONG?

  • "Texas, Our Texas"

    11. WHAT IS THE STATE FISH?

  • The Guadalupe Bass.

    12. WHAT IS THE STATE GRASS?

  • Sideoats Grama.

    13. WHAT IS THE STATE SHELL?

  • The Lightning Whelk.

    14. WHAT IS THE STATE ANIMAL?

  • The armadillo.

    15. WHAT IS THE STATE LARGE ANIMAL?

  • The longhorn.

    16. WHAT IS THE STATE INSECT?

  • The Monarch butterfly.

    17. HOW MANY FLAGS HAVE FLOWN OVER TEXAS EXERCISING ACTUAL DOMAIN OVER OR STAKING MAJOR CLAIMS TO THE STATE? CAN YOU NAME THEM?

  • The proverbial "six flags" that have flow over Texas are those of Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The Confederacy, and The United States.

    18. WHERE IS THE STATE CAPITAL LOCATED?

  • Austin.

    19. OUT OF WHAT MATERIAL WAS THE TEXAS STATE CAPITAL BUILDING IN AUSTIN CONSTRUCTED?

  • Texas pink granite.

    20. WHAT DISTINCTION DOES THE TEXAS STATE CAPITAL BUILDING HOLD OVER ALL OTHER STATES?

  • It is the largest, containing some 8.5 acres of floor space and nearly 500 rooms.

    21. WHO IS THE PRESENT GOVERNOR OF TEXAS?

  • Rick Perry!

    22. FOR APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY STRAIGHT-LINE MILES DOES THE STATE OF TEXAS EXTEND, NORTH TO SOUTH?

  • 800 miles; 801 to be exact.

    23. WHICH IS THE LARGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS? HINT, HINT: IT ENCOMPASSES 6,233 SQUARE MILES, AN AREA LARGER THAN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT.

  • The largest county is Brewster county in West Texas.

    24. WHAT FOUR (4) STATES BORDER TEXAS?

  • Louisiana on the East, Arkansas on the Northeast, Oklahoma on the North, and New Mexico on the West.

    25. WHAT WATERWAY FORMS THE LONGEST SEGMENT OF THE STATE'S BOUNDARY?

  • The Rio Grande forms the longest segment of the boundary.

    26. WHAT IS THE LARGEST CITY IN TEXAS BY POPULATION?

  • Houston.

    27. THE RIO GRANDE IS THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE STATE. WHAT RIVER IS THE SECOND LONGEST?

  • The Red river.

    28. OF ALL THE STATES IN THE UNITED STATES, TEXAS RANKS SECOND IN VOLUME OF INLAND WATER. WHICH STATE RANKS FIRST?

  • Alaska.

    29. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST DAM IN TEXAS?

  • Mansfield Dam on Lake Travis is the highest at 266 feet.

    30. TEXAS FARMS AND RANCHES COVER ABOUT WHAT PERCENT OF THE STATE'S LAND AREA?

  • Farms and ranches cover about 132 million acres, nearly 80 percent of the State's land area.

    31. HOW MANY INDIAN RESERVATIONS CAN BE FOUND IN TEXAS?

  • Two! The Alabama-Coushatta Indian reservation between Livingston and Woodville in East Texas, and the Tigua Indian reservation in El Paso. The Kickapoo Indians occupy a 125-acre site near Eagle Pass that has not been designated as a reservation.

    32. IN THE 1860'S, WHAT OUTNUMBERED PEOPLE IN TEXAS 9 TO 1?

  • Longhorn cattle.

    33. WHAT IS THE STATE SONG OF TEXAS?

  • Texas our Texas

    34. WHAT STATE IN THE UNION HAS THREE CITIES INCLUDED IN THE NATIONS'S TEN MOST POPULATED CITIES?

  • Texas (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio)

    35. WHAT IS THE MOST NORTHERN, SOUTHERN, AND WESTERN TOWNS IN TEXAS?

  • Texoma, Brownsville, and Anthony

    36. WHAT FAMOUS CIVIL WAR GENERAL SERVED AS AN OFFICER IN THREE DIFFERENT NATIONS?

  • A.S. Johnston served as an officer in the Republic of Texas Army, the United States Army, and as a general in the Confederate States Army was mortally wounded at the battle of Shiloh.

    37. WHO WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT HAD SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF TWO STATES?

  • Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee and later Texas.

    38. WHICH CIVIL WAR UNIT SUFFERED THE HIGHEST PERCENT OF CASUALTIES DURING ONE BATTLE?

  • The 1st Texas suffered 82.4% casualties during the battle of Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862.

    39. WHAT IS THE DAVIS MOUNTAINS, JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, AND FORT DAVIS ALL NAMED AFTER?

  • Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America who wrote, "Soldiers of other states have their reputations to gain. The sons of the Alamo have theirs to maintain."

    40. HOW MANY U.S. PRESIDENTS WERE BORN IN TEXAS?

  • Two-Dwight D Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson

    41. WHERE WAS THE LAST LAND BATTLE OF THE CIVIL WAR FOUGHT?

  • Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas May 12-13, 1865 (more than a month after Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia).

    42. WHAT IS DOCUMENTED TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST HUMANE CIVIL WAR P.O.W CAMP HAVING THE LOWEST FATALITY RATE, NORTH OR SOUTH?

  • Camp Ford near Tyler, Texas.

    43. WHICH BATTLE WAS THE MOST LOP SIDED VICTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR?

  • The battle of Sabine Pass, Sept 8, 1863 46 men of the Jeff Davis Guards, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery defeated a Union force of 5,000 infantry, two gunboats, and 200 sailors.

    44. WHICH BATTLE DID TEXAS WIN IT'S WAR OF SECESSION AGAINST MEXICO?

  • San Jacinto

    45. OVER WHICH RIVER DOES THE HIGHEST BRIDGE IN TEXAS SPAN?

  • Pecos River

    46. WHAT WAS THE DEADLIEST NATURAL DISASTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY?

  • The 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston killing between 6,000 and 8,000 residents.

    47. WHILE TEXAS WAS A REPUBLIC, HOW FAR DID IT'S PAN HANDLE REACH?

  • Into modern day Southern Wyoming

    48. WHICH WEST TEXAS UNIVERSITY IS NAMED FOR THE ONLY CONFEDERATE GENERAL WHO WAS BORN IN IOWA?

  • Sul Ross University

    49. WHICH TEXAS GOVERNOR WAS BORN IN CONNECTICUT?

  • George W. Bush Jr.

    50. WHAT IS THE SMALLEST INCORPORATED TOWN IN TEXAS?

  • Round Top, population in 1990, 81

    51. WHICH STATE IN THE UNION HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF PRO SPORTS TEAMS?

  • Texas



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