Ten true facts you may not know about the Lone Star State.

1. Texas is as large as the combined area of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois. It is 17 1/2 times as large as Massachusetts. Its greatest length is about 903 miles, greatest breadth 864 miles (about as far as from New York to Chicago); Texas includes 267,339 square miles or 7.4% of the nation's total area.

2. More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.

3. The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969, was "Houston."

4. 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.

5. Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

6. The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883.

7. Texas has approximately 11,500 historical markers. Marker subjects include historic courthouses, frontier forts, Spanish missions and presidios, cemeteries, churches, individuals, historic homes and buildings and Texas independence battle sites. More than 700 local history museums, 40,000 recorded archeological sites and more than 2,000 sites in Texas are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

8. Texas ranks number one in the United States in the production of oil, natural gas, cattle, sheep, wool, rice, watermelon, and cotton.
Texas is also one of the top producers of forest products in the United States, with the second most forested acreage in the South.

9. Texas leads the nation in the sale of pick-up trucks.

10. Texas has more churches than any state in the union, with 16,969 and growing....

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