It turns out there are many hidden facts about Texas that many of us never get to learn, but photos from the state sure help to show there is plenty to be explored.
Born to ride
If there are two things that many of us think of when imagining Texas, it’s probably ponies and pickup trucks. The two often go hand in hand, but some people have put their heads to the test and come up with the perfect way to transport their ponies.
If you see a tiny horse in the back of a truck, then the chances are you’re driving down a highway in Texas. Traveling in an open-top trailer certainly is one way to make sure this pony doesn’t get too hot while moving to their new field.
Hiding in plain sight
One of the best things about having a family? Learning they share the same hobbies and having someone else to spend time with as you do the things you love. Some people can think of nothing better than a hunting trip. It can be a great chance to get out in nature while spending time with the ones that you love.
We never knew that camouflage clothes came in such small sizes, but now there is room for everyone around the campfire.
Some states have sports they love to share with the world. Texas’ offer? Rodeo. Not only is it a unique sport, but only a few states across the nation still enjoy hosting the sport.
It’s not until we get to see one of these rodeos in action that many of us realize just how dangerous it really is. Believe it or not, but there is a lot of skill that goes into one of these rides as people are also judged and scored on their form and technique.
A unique tradition
Homecoming can be an important and exciting time in many of our lives. Thankfully, the people of Texas know how to push things one step further. Not only do they have huge dances, but people also get the chance to show off their homecoming mum.
State high school students get giant flower corsages that are often made up from trinkets, feather boas, and silk flowers as people try to incorporate the teen’s personality. Mums are given by family members, friends, or by the person’s date.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’ve jumped off your horse only to find that you’re suddenly flooded with the urge to jump up on the table and dance? So it’s not just us? It turns out that it’s such a problem in this Texan town, that management has been left with no choice but to put up a polite sign to ask people to think before they dance.
It might be time to leave the spurs at the showdown and stick to the dancing shoes instead if you want to take center stage.
Food glorious food
There is a reason that Texas barbecue has become a popular flavor all around the world: there’s nothing quite like the smokey taste of the grill. Sadly, nowhere else will ever be able to step up and recreate the flavors in the same way.
If you want to enjoy the real taste of a Texas barbecue, then it could be time to head to the state and try one for yourself. Amazingly, they all differ across the state, with each location using its own combination of flavors to bring the food to life.
Best of both worlds
Many of us picture bright sunshine and unbearable heat when we think of the state. While they might have some of the hottest summers in the nation, Texas is also subject to rapidly changing temperatures all within a matter of days.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Texas is a freezing -23 Fahrenheit, while the warmest it has ever been is 120 Fahrenheit. While they might not have both happened in one week, Mother Nature sure knows how to take this state on a ride.
Boots are made for walking
There are few fashion trends that ever make it across the world. That is until cowboy boots came along. Of course, they were once used by bandits across the nation, with Texans opting to wear them as a fashion statement. That’s not all.
They are so prevalent in Texas, that cowboy boots were officially named as the state’s footwear in 2007. There is no limit to the number of styles, patterns, and colors on the market. If you’re looking for a cowboy boot, then the chances are that Texas has it.
Plenty of tacos
Tacos might have initially come from Mexico, but it seems as though the food has also spent a lot of time in Texas, too. It’s no exaggeration that Texans can eat tacos for every meal as breakfast tacos are a popular treat across the state.
Taco trucks are typically found on most streets as everywhere offers their own spin on the meal. The best bit? Mexican and Texan food are both so popular that the state has combined the two into their own cuisine: Tex-Mex.
Disrupting the peace
Having good manners is something that most people try to have, but what about when it comes to driving? It seems as though many people lose all control as they want to be where they are heading immediately with no one standing in their way.
Many cities are filled with car horns as everyone wants to shout at everyone else. That is until you get to Texas. The state likes to drive friendly, and they want everyone else to practice being a little kinder to people, too.
A love of sport
It can almost feel as though there is no reason to be if there is no football in Texas. In fact, the sport is so popular that many people spend their nights watching college football games in the build-up to the professional matches.
As if that wasn’t enough, some small towns completely shut down when their team is out on the road. Many towns have their own football stadium while others spend their entire lives perfecting their skills in the hopes of playing alongside the greats.
Quick pit stop
Many of us have been to drive-ins. After all, all those hours on the road can lead many of us to want to stretch out legs and grab a bite to eat. So what about when you pull up and find there are no spaces left thanks to everyone’s horses?
It might not have been something that many of us have had to deal with, but it might not be too far from reality for people living in Texas. Sure, there is room for cars too, but the horses often get priority parking at most establishments.
No time to waste
It’s not just parking that can be an issue for people in Texas. It turns out they might have a smelly trip around the drive-thru too if they get stuck behind a local. Why? It turns out that horses are allowed just about everywhere a car is.
If you’ve ever been riding your noble steed and worried about how you will get your frappuccino, then you could have been living in the wrong state this entire time. It seems as though most people in Texas don’t think twice about the issue.
A special delicacy
It might not actually be a pie, but Frito pie is a delicacy found across Texas. In fact, it’s so popular and delicious that many people will do whatever they can to get their hands on the stuff. All you need to do is find a bag of Frito chips to start.
Then, simply tip open the bag and add in chili, cheese, beans, salsa, sour cream, and jalapeños to bring the bag to life. The choice is yours, but the more flavors you have, the more you’re learning to embrace a Frito pie.
King of the road
While most of us might think the best way to get from one place to another is in our car, it turns out that the people of Texas have another idea that might prove we’ve been doing it wrong our entire lives. Yes, cows are just as great.
As well as having low fuel costs, some also come with built-in bag holders for when we’ve been to the grocery store. To top it off, we’re sure that most people would leave you alone when they saw those horns coming toward them.
No snow? No problem
Fun in the snow is something that many of us long for, but what happens when your state is more sand than snow? Have no fear; the people of Texas have the perfect answer that means you no longer have to miss out on the fun.
All it takes are a few tumbleweeds and some caps to create the ideal heat alternative. The best bit? Unlike typical snowmen, these ones won’t melt in the heat as soon as the temperature starts to heat back up.
The perfect combination
Sometimes, it can be tough to fit all those errands into our busy day. We’re meeting Becky for our nails at 2, need to repair our chainsaw by 3, and somehow need to find the time to get ready for a night on the town by the time the sun goes down.
There’s no way that we’ll ever be able to fit it all into our busy schedule, right? That’s where we could be wrong. Thankfully, Texas is one step ahead of the game yet again with their all in one beauty parlor, repair shop, and nightclub. Thanks, Texas.
Built for all terrain
If you visit Texas, then the chances are you’ll need to be prepared for any terrain that stands in your way. We won’t always be lucky enough to be greeted with smooth sidewalks.
If you find yourself in need of an all-terrain vehicle, then it could be time to talk to this man. It appears as though he’s put all his skills to good use and built his own wheelchair alternative. No longer will he have to worry about getting stuck while searching for those hard-to-find golf balls.
Best of the best
There’s one way to know that you’ve been to Texas: you’ve been to Whataburger. The fast-food chain is found in Texas, where they show off their hamburger skills on a daily basis. There’s no hamburger quite like a Whataburger burger.
It turns out the chain is so popular that some teens have even used the chain as the background for their senior pictures! Many Texans will argue this is the best hamburger in the nation, but we’ll leave that to In-N-Out fans to decide.
A subtle clue
Sure, adding a Texas plate to your vehicle might give people a clue that you’re from the state, but it’s not enough. Many people want the world to know they’re a Texan through and through without having to look too hard.
This person has the perfect answer. It took a subtle pair of longhorns to turn this car from drab to fab. Longhorns have long been associated with the state. Now, this car owner can show off their love of Texas and the University of Texas at Austin football team.
Fields of blue
There is a good reason that bluebonnets are found just about everywhere in Texas: they are the state’s official flower. These blue wonders appear in the springtime and help to bring the landscape to life for many weeks.
Families and friends everywhere love to head to the fields for photoshoots and picnics as they make beautiful backdrops. The fields typically line highways as the people of Texas are proud to show off their flower to anyone making their way to the state.
Be right back
Many of us are used to seeing dogs tied to posts as their owners head into stores, but what about when we see another kind of four-legged beast waiting for someone to come back?
Yes, it seems that someone needed to leave their horse for a minute or two. While many of us would worry about what was going on if we saw this on the street, it seems as though it’s just another day for the people of Texas.
A serious crime
It turns out there could be more to the phrase “don’t mess with Texas” than many of us ever believed. It appears as though they weren’t talking about their rodeo skills or their hunting knowledge.
No, Texans want to keep their streets clean. Of course, most states want to make sure they’re looking after the environment and look the best they can at all times, but Texas takes it so seriously, that littering could cost you a whopping $2,000. That’s certainly one way to show people who’s boss.
Meal with a twist
It appears as though Texas loves to announce things as official. Yes, chili was handed the title of the official food of the state back in 1977. If that’s not dedication to a meal, then we’re not sure what is. However, Texas chili has a difference.
This is made with beef and chili paste while leaving beans and tomatoes off the menu. Bowl o’ Red is yet another argument for many that beans should be left out of the dish. A spoon of this could be enough to convert the rest.
Prepared for all weather
Being so far south means that Texas usually has pretty mild winters. However, like any state, the climate can often be unpredictable and leave many of us wondering what to wear. Perhaps Texans have the best idea to be prepared for any weather?
It’s not uncommon to see people dressed for the cold in pretty unusual ways. This usually means adding a jacket and winter hat over shorts and sneakers – even in the middle of January. At last, we’re ready for anything.
Some small hints
It’s one thing to show the world you love your state by wearing a jumper with your state on the front or having state license plates, but it’s another to make sure that your meals are all shaped like the state.
This person knows what’s up. Serving these up to your partner’s family while you’re out of state can be one way to show that you’re still dedicated to Texas. It might be subtle, but we’re sure that everyone will get the point as soon as the syrup comes out.
There’s no other way to say this: summer in Texas is hot. In fact, it’s so hot that many people feel like a vacation to the sun might be the perfect winter getaway. The middle of a Texas heatwave can see the temperature stay above 100 Fahrenheit for days on end.
It’s usually not long before people in Texas need to learn how to keep cool. Perhaps that’s why so many people try to make their own pool? Team that with a cold beverage or two and hopefully, it won’t be long before things start to cool off.
Claim to fame
While there might be plenty of other ways to keep cool in a heatwave, there’s one that has proved to be a fan favorite with many people all around the world. Of course, we’re talking about ice cream. As if that wasn’t enough, Texas has its own claim to fame.
Blue Bell Ice Cream was founded in the city of Brenham back in 1907. The company now has more than 60 flavors on offer and was even the first in the world to mass-produce cookies and cream flavor ice cream.
Pedal to the metal
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but what about faster? There is a good reason the state hosts annual NASCAR races. It turns out that many people across the state have a need for speed, and they’re willing to push things to the limit.
Apparently, that even means upping the speed limit to 85 miles an hour on some highways. Most states stick to 65 miles per hour, meaning all those Texan highways are about to disappear just that little bit faster.
A grand celebration
The last Friday of September marks a huge moment for everyone living across Texas as the state holds the annual State Fair of Texas. This is a 24-day event that sees Dallas transform into a whole new place in a matter of hours.
It’s thought to be one of the best state fairs across the nation as thousands of people arrive each year. From deep-fried coca-cola to deep-fried Twinkies and everything in between, this sure is the place to be for fried food and cars.
Cooking up a great
Remember those breakfast tacos? Yeah, we weren’t lying. It appears as though Texas has found a way to make this meal perfect for all times of the day. This meal is popular all across the state, and many have their favorite place to find the food.
Cheese, potatoes, and eggs are usually all added to tacos before people top the meal with whatever else they like. Feel like a little salsa and guacamole? Feel free to make that breakfast taco your own!
It’s not unusual for people all across the nation to spend their weekends soaking up local bands and enjoying a night of dancing. However, it’s not every day that you get to spend the night listening to country music.
That is until you head to Texas. Many local places feature everyone from local start-up bands to more prominent names in the music industry. Heading to one of these concerts can be a great way to experience an authentic taste of Texas.
Written in the clouds
It appears as though it’s not just the people of Texas who love the state – even the clouds seem to have something to say about it! Not all of us get to see shapes up in the clouds every day, but someone was lucky enough to capture this moment.
The clouds started to part until they were left with a shape that looked just like Texas itself. It can be tough to argue with the sky, and we’re not sure that you’d get very far if you tried.
The home of many greats
Many sports lovers from around the world know the Houston Astrodome has made history as the world’s first domed, multi-purpose sports stadium. Believe it or not, but it has been standing since 1965 and has seen many great teams over the years.
In fact, it’s deemed to be so impressive that many people often refer to it as the eighth wonder of the world. The Astros used this stadium as their home for many years until they moved to Minute Maid Park in 2000.
One of the greats
It turns out that Texas has been able to produce some of the greatest athletes in many sports, including basketball. That’s right; James Harden might have been born in California, but he now calls his spot on the Houston Rockets his home.
James is one of the most prolific scorers on the court, meaning that he’s a valuable asset to any team. To top it off, the Houston Rockets have also welcomed the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming over the years.
A delicious appetizer
It appears as though Texans have been able to take many meals and make them their own. Queso is no exception. This Mexican-inspired food has become a huge hit across the state as many long for a bowl of chili con queso.
The meal is a bowl of melted cheese mixed with chili pepper for a little extra zing. Then, we get the joy of devouring every mouthful with tortilla chips to dip. Could life get any better? Our mouths are certainly watering at the thought of this dish.
A rich history
The Battle of Alamo saw Texans fight for their independence from Mexico back in 1836. It saw many soldiers lose their life, but it could have all been for nothing. Texas had been granted independence two days before the battle.
However, the defenders never heard the news and thought there was nothing left to do but fight. The Alamo still stands strong in San Antonio as thousands of visitors arrive every year to learn about the rich history of the state for themselves.
Beating their record
San Antonio is home to many impressive things, including their basketball team, The Spurs. Believe it or not, but in May 2015, The Spurs had the highest winning percentage of any other NBA team. That’s quite the title.
By May 2017, that title excelled to having the highest winning percentage of any franchise in a major professional sports league in North America. They have won 22 division titles and only missed out on the playoffs four times in their career.
Making the finals
If you want to find one of the most popular teams in the NFL, then it might be time to head to Texas and find yourself a spot at a Dallas Cowboys game. The team have been part of the NFL since 1960 and have been dominating the field ever since.
Amazingly, they have had 190 consecutive sold-out games, both home and away, since 2002. The best bit? They have won the Superbowl five times, meaning they are tied with the San Francisco 49ers.
A list of jobs
There is a good reason the Dallas Cowboys earned their name: Texas has long been related to real-life cowboys. Many people conjure up images of people wearing cowboy hats and galloping on horses as they chase down the latest train.
However, modern cowboys have a long list of duties that keep them occupied. Many run ranches where they are in charge of rounding up and caring for the animals, while others perform various other ranch jobs and partake in rodeos.
Room to grow
Amazingly, it turns out that 95% of the Texas land is privately owned with the majority of it being used for ranches. In fact, now some of these ranches have grown so large that they dominate thousands of acres of land, but what caused the increase?
There were many laws stopping people from owning too much land, but early ranchers looked for legal loopholes to make sure they had the most land they could afford to support their cows and earn the big bucks.
Feeling sky high
Many cities across the nation are known for their unique weather. Los Angeles has become famous for the city’s sun, while Seattle has earned a reputation for the rain. To top it off, New York is a place for the cold while Chicago is known as the Windy City for a good reason.
While there are many places to enjoy clear, blue skies across America, Texans often claim the sky above their state is the bluest in the world. It sure is something to boast about, especially as the state is often greeted to warm weather.
A place to party
If there’s one thing that many Texans enjoy, it’s heading down to a honky-tonk. These are the places to be if you want to enjoy country music and dance the night away with your friends. That’s not all.
Honky-tonks also play a unique style of music for their guests. Many honky-tonks across the state have been the beginning for many great country stars over the years, such as Mike and the Moonpies, Turnpike Troubadours, and Dwight Yoakam. Now, they are a great place to enjoy traditional swing dancing all evening.
A state of music
It seems as though Texas has seen many musical legends come and go over the years. Willie Nelson has been releasing hit after hit since the mid-’50s, and even helped to pioneer the beginning of outlaw country music.
Buddy Holly was also one of the leading rock and roll figures after he came onto the scene in the 1950s. Tragically, Buddy Holly lost his life in 1959, but his hits have continued to inspire musicians across the world ever since.