Other than Alaska, Texas is the largest US state consisting of 268,601 square miles. Texans take pride in this fact and also “live large” as much as possible. Houston, named after Sam Houston, is the largest city in Texas as well as being the 4th largest city in the entire United States of America.
The official flag of Texas is known as the “Lone Star Flag” and consists of three colors; blue represents loyalty, red represents courage and white stands for liberty. During the years 1836 to 1845 Texas was a nation independent from the US. In 1945 Texas was annexed and became the 28th state to join the Union on December 29th.
While the climate is favorable in Texas most of the year, the state experiences about 139 tornadoes every year. The most devastating natural disaster occurring in the state was a Galveston hurricane which killed from 8,000 to 12,000 people in 1900. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the state was 120 degrees in August of 1936, and the extremely cold temperature of -23 degrees occurred in both 1933 and 1899.
The Texas Rangers have statewide jurisdiction and are the first law enforcement agency recognized in North America. Chuck Norris and John Wayne have been granted honorary status as Texas Rangers even though neither of them ever served in that capacity.
Texas still retains some unique laws that make it illegal to indecently expose oneself or swear at a corpse. It is also still a hanging offense to steal cattle, and putting graffiti on another person’s cow carries the same penalty.
Rattlesnakes are common in Texas, and every year the town of Sweetwater holds a rattlesnake roundup in March. Perhaps the residents are hoping to reduce the snake population and make the town a safer place to live.