We’ve told you a lot of cool things about The Lone Star State so far, but we haven’t covered much about the history of Texas. However, you probably didn’t learn the following Texas history facts in school. We dug a little deeper to find the quirky, bizarre, or really interesting tidbits of history in this state that just might surprise you!

Hopefully these facts didn’t make you fall asleep like a lecture from your college history professor…which ones did you find the most interesting? I hope you could learn something from these little glimpses into history! If you did, please comment below and share with your friends!

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.

More to Explore

history of Texas

What are the most popular foods in Texas?

Texas is known for many different types of cuisine, but the most popular dishes in Texas are Tex-Mex and BBQ. Tex-Mex cuisine originated from the Texan people of Texas, blending traditional Mexican flavors with a Texan flare. Characterized by dishes that are heavy on the shredded cheese, meat, and flour tortillas, Tex-Mex can be found in just about any city or town in Texas. While barbecue in general isn’t specific to Texas, Texas does have severe different styles of barbecue, with East Texan barbecue is typically smoked over hickory wood and marinated in a tomato-based sauce and South Texas barbecue is traditionally marinated in a molasses-like sauce.

What is the oldest town in Texas?

The oldest town in Texas is Nacogdoches. Founded in 1779 by Don Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, today the city has a population upwards of 30,000 people but still maintains a small town charm. The earliest settlers to the area with a local Caddo tribe, the Nacodgoche who came to East Texas around 800 A.D. Vistors to Nacogdoches can look forward to beautiful brick-lined streets in the historic downtown district, several antique stores, local restaurants, and lovely nature walks.

What are the most beautiful places in Texas?

From mountains to swamps, the Texas landscape is one of the most diverse in the country. No matter what scenery you’re looking for, Texas has it. One of the most beautiful places in Texas is Jacob’s Well. Located in Wimberley, Jacob’s Well is one of the largest underwater caves in Texas, and the clear spring water makes it a popular swimming hole in the warmer months. Caddo Lake State Park, located on the Texas/Louisiana border, is a beautiful natural oasis that any nature lover would enjoy. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, and it’s teeming with beautiful bald cypress trees, fishing opportunities.

Explore Texas