We have good number of our visitors asking “what is texas famous for?” or “what makes texas famous?” So we’ve compiled the top 10 reasons why Texas is famous.
The Alamo – Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and 180+ Texians including battled for 3 days against 6000+ members of the Mexican army. Granted, they lost and all the Alamo defenders were killed but it inspired the rest of Texas to fight Mexico for independence. The phrase “Remember the Alamo” was the rallying cry that the Texians, led by Sam Houston, used to defeat General Santa Anna and the Mexicans.
BBQ – Texans love their BBQ. So much so that four styles of Texas BBQ have become popular around the different geographic region. In East Texas, the beef is cooked slowly over hickory and marinated in a sweet, tomato-based sauce until the mean is basically falling off the bone. Central Texans prefer that the meat be rubbed with spices and cooked over indirect heat from pecan or oak wood. Out in West Texas the meat is cooked over direct heat from mesquite wood giving it a somewhat bitter taste. The South Texas style features thick, molasses-like sauces that keep the meat very moist.
Football – This quote from Legendary Cowboy’s Coach Tom Landry say is it all, “Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest.” It isn’t uncommon in Texas to spend $20m on a high school football stadium and pack it with 40,000+ fans for a Texas high school playoff game.
Black Gold, Texas Tea – It all began on Jan. 10, 1901 when the Lucas No. 1 well blew at Spindletop near Beaumont spewing mud, gas and oil more than 100 feet into the air. With that dramatic fanfare, Texas’ economy was wrenched from its rural, agricultural roots and flung headlong into the petroleum and industrial age. Oil profoundly changed the culture of the state, and it continues to affect most Texans’ lives in ways that may not be obvious to the casual observer.
Texas Longhorn – Commonly seen while driving along Texas back country, the Texas Longhorn known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to 7 feet. The Longhorn also serves as the official Texas State Large Mammal, official symbol for Fort Worth as well as the mascot for the University of Texas at Austin.
Size – As the 2nd, largest state in both size and population, the state of Texas encompasses 268,820 square miles. The size of the state and the bigger-than-life attitude of some of its inhabitants has led to the saying that “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Another common term, “Texas-Sized” is used to describe something that is large compared to other objects of its type.
JFK Assassination – On Friday, November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m CST, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas governor John Connally, and the latter’s wife Nellie, in a Presidential motorcade. For more information, visit the 6th floor museum in Dallas.
Chili – Texans love their chili almost as much as BBQ. Some people believe that it all started back the 1840’s as Texas cowboys pounded beef fat and dried beef with chili peppers and salt to make trail food then later boil it to make a dish they called chili. Some say cowboys planted oregano, chiles, and onions along their well travelled trails then harvest the spices, onions, and chiles on their way back and combine them with beef to create a chili recipe called “Trail Drive Chili”.
Don’t Mess with Texas – The slogan began as a statewide advertising campaign in 1986 to reduce littering on Texas roadways and quickly became a Texas cultural phenomenon. While officially a trademark of the Texas Department of Transportation, “Don’t Mess with Texas” is frequently cited example of pride in Texas culture.
The Heat – Texas actually has a very diverse climate but generally the eastern half of Texas is humid subtropical and the western half is semi-arid. However it is all hot and humid with average temps in the high 90’s for June, July and August.