Dear ones, welcome to the 03.2020 edition of Where Bloggers Live. Talking about the Lone Star State this month! This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! I mean, who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? Over the next few months, a group of 7 bloggers will be sharing their work spaces, their homes, towns and today…our states!
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The Lone Star State
I am betting when I say the Lone Star State most Americans know to which state I am referring. Probably almost better than they recognize the motto of any other state. Except maybe their own. As they like to say ’round here, I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could, 11.1988, to be exact. And I had lived in Texas once before, earlier, from 08.1984-05.1985. And cried then when I had to leave.
On that November day in 1988, when we drove into El Paso after driving 700+ across the state of Texas from Texarkana to El Paso, about the furthest point west in the state, I felt at home instantly. Like I should have been in El Paso all my life. Shame it took 30 years to get here but you can be sure, I am here to stay.
Our state has it all. Big cities like Dallas and Houston, quaint towns like Galveston, San Antonio and Waco. Texas is divided into 7 regions that offer something for everyone. The far west is Big Bend Country, Gulf Coast of Galveston and South Padre, Hill Country where the state flower, the bluebonnet, grows volunteer in abundance. There’s the rich oil country of the Panhandle Plains, the far east, heavily forested Piney Woods, Prairies and Lakes near Dallas, and South Texas Plains bordering Mexico. If you don’t like the geography in one part of the Lone Star State, just drive a bit. You are bound to hit another region you might like better.
Planning This Post
As I was planning this post, I stumbled upon this post on a friend’s father’s Facebook page. Amazing the stuff you can find on social media!
I give you the Lone Star State of Texas as shared by Michael Bray.
10 Fun Facts About Texas
Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas:
1. Port Arthur to El Paso : 889 miles. Port Arthur to Chicago: 770 miles. It is 799 miles from my doorstep in El Paso to my sister’s house in Spring, Texas outside of Houston.
2. Brownsville to Texline (north of Amarillo): 956 miles. Texline to Canada: 960 miles. Amarillo is the Spanish word for Cia’s favorite color – YELLOW.
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas. So sad to me because my daughter Brennyn lives in Ft. Worth, just west of Dallas. I could probably see her more and fly more cheaply to see her if she lived in California!
4. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. Cattle are lead down the stockyard streets of Ft. Worth daily.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. It was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The hotel was demolished in 2011 and replaced by the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier opened in May, 2012. We have vacationed a handful of times on Galveston Island. Our favorite area is Pointe West, where we usually rent a large beach front home for a long weekend.
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas . The Dallas Cowboys have been known as America’s (football) team since 1978. My son-in-law, Mustafa, is the most faithful Cowboys fan ever.
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America. The state bird is the mockingbird. I really do not like birds at all.
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America ‘s only remaining flock of whooping cranes. We had my granddaughter Cady’s second birthday in Galveston and decorated with flamingos, her favorite bird. Which has nothing to do with whooping cranes. But is a bird I can tolerate.
10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and surrounding areas on in 08.2017. It was a Category 4 hurricane that left 250,000 people without power. It remained in Houston for four days. Harvey broke the US record for rainfall from a single storm, dumping 51 inches of rain in parts of Texas. [source]
10 More Facts
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was ” Houston ,” but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time. “Apollo 13” is a 1995 movie that was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It starred Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon and was directed by Ron (Opie) Howard.
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43″ in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979. El Paso averages 9″ of rain a year. We’ve had more than 1.5″ this month. Most unusual.
14. Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states. The Texas flag celebrates its 181st birthday this year.
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old. Another very old Live Oak remains standing at the site of the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio.
16. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper. Waco is also the home of Magnolia Market Silos. The girls, their girls (including Cami who was in her mommy’s tummy) and I visited Magnolia last summer. It was HOT.
17. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston , Velasco, West Columbia and Austin. The United States has had 9 capitals. Washington D.C. and 8 others.
18. The name ‘ Texas ‘ comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning “friends”. Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas.
19. The state mascot is the armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females. Glad I’m not an armadillo. I have 2 daughters that did not split in any fashion.
20. The Ysleta Mission, located in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo within the city limits of El Paso, is recognized as the oldest continuously operated parish in the State of Texas. I visited the neighboring Socorro Mission last summer. It was originally completed in 1691. However, the Rio Grande has breached its banks and flooded the mission twice.
If you have never visited Texas, I would like to invite you to do so. There is so much here to see, to enjoy. And folks don’t come any better than Texans. Well, Tennesseans are close.
Not only would I like to invite you to visit Texas, but would like to encourage you to hop by to visit the states my sweet blogging sisters are sharing in their posts.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Girls, could I ask you to send up a good thought or prayer for my mama. Heading to Kentucky tomorrow morning, Friday the 13th, to be with mom. She is hospitalized again with pneumonia. We are looking at having to move her again. Just praying she recovers. My sister, Valerie, was able to get to Kentucky today. My brother, Kevin, has been in Las Vegas for a convention and will be back in Lexington on Sunday. PC has been sick with what I was worried was the flu but apparently is just sinusitis. Lauren’s baby Cami is sick, too. It is just a difficult time for our family.
Thank you for visiting. For your support and prayers. May have limited Internet access and little time for blogging and blog reading. But will check in when I can.