Texas is known as the Lone Star State and is famous for its barbecues, live music, high temperatures and more. It is home to famous people, monuments, experiences and pride. If we had to reduce it to a few things that make Texas famous, we would say size, pride, food, history and the long horns. Here are 15 of our favorite things that attract more than 7 million visitors to Texas every year.
The Alamo, located near San Antonio, is a Spanish mission and fortress renowned for its role in the Texas Revolution. In 1835, a group of 180 volunteer soldiers from Texas, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, fought against 600 members of the Mexican Army and bravely defended the fort for thirteen days before being defeated and killed. The defeat became a rallying cry for other battles in Texas and the phrase “Remember the Alamo” was adopted. The Alamo is visited by 2.5 million people every year and remains a symbol of the state's struggle for independence and freedom. On Friday, November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 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 entourage. The assassination of JFK provoked a reaction of pain and panic across the country, as well as conspiracy theories that are still debated to this day. Texans love a good slogan, and even though they all say “Remembering The Alamo” they also love to warn visitors “Don't mess with Texas”.The slogan began as a state advertising campaign in 1986 to reduce garbage on Texas highways and quickly became a Texas cultural phenomenon. It's officially a trademark of the Texas Department of Transportation but “Don't Mess with Texas” has become a frequently cited example of pride in Texas culture. The NASA Space Center is a science museum in Houston that displays space artifacts, spaceships, space capsules and many others.
Each of the exhibits teaches visitors about the history of NASA and the various projects they have carried out over the decades. The exhibitions and galleries are not the only ones in this space center; it also hosts films and presentations including a 20-minute live presentation of life on the International Space Station and a 25-minute presentation on how rocket propulsion works and how it is achieved. If you're someone who loves the warmth of the sun then one of the best things about Texas is its warm climate. The climate of Texas is described as arid in the west and humid in the east. The state is known to be one of the hottest in the country and its capital Houston is the hottest in August with 94.5 °F (34.7 °C).Descended from the first groups of cattle introduced to the New World long-horned cattle from Texas are known for their 100-inch horns that show both cows and bulls from end to end.
Initially there was not so much thought of cattle since at that time tallow was preferred to lean meat. That all changed in 1917 when a Texas Longhorn named Bevo was adopted as a mascot for the University of Texas at Austin. This began a chain of events in which the image of the animal began to appear at school particularly with their athletics team which also adopted its name. A local expression is “Everything is bigger in Texas”; in fact, the state capitol building is larger than the United States Capitol building in Washington D. C.
This saying certainly holds true when it comes to size; at 268 820 square miles (more than 600 000 square miles) it is second only to Alaska and larger than several countries including France and Germany. Due to its large size Texas has a variety of climates and landscapes. In addition to deserts with which it has been associated it also has forests swamps mountains and plains. Texas has held an unofficial title as being country's top wool producer for several years; this industry dates back to 18th century when missionaries and soldiers brought them from Spain for ranches they established there although they were originally intended to be source of food with minimal shearing. It wasn't until Spanish sheep were raised with American and European cattle that industry expanded although it wasn't until mid-19th century that it really took off.
One many things most people know that Texas is famous for is Alamo which is arguably most important historic monument in state. It is place where more than 150 Texans including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie fought against Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna. The defeat death defenders led residents other parts Texas fight for their independence with slogan “Remember Alamo” as their war motto; residents consider Alamo be symbol their independence freedom. Since beginning 20th century when Texas oil boom occurred state has been center oil manipulation; Texas cities, including Dallas El Paso Austin among 50 hottest cities country.
This monument Texas known John Wayne movie but has much more history than that; chili official dish state so you can be sure residents taking this food seriously. Although Davey Crocket other Texan soldiers perished lost battle loss soldiers Mexican Army allowed Texas finally win war Battle San Jacinto. In North Texas Dallas home many international companies famous television show same name.