The History of Texas isn’t exactly short but the Longhorn state certainly has some interesting facts in its past. Here’s a quick tour of a dozen things you didn’t know about the history of Texas from us here at Pollard Used Cars of Amarillo.
- Notorious bank robber Jesse James chose not to rob a bank in McKinney, Texas because he was a fan of their chili. You read that right. He liked their chili.
- A time capsule is buried in Amarillo and contains a bank account passbook from 1968. The account had an initial deposit of $10 nearly 40 years ago.
- Texas doesn’t need federal approval to split itself into five states.
- The Oscar statuette is named after Oscar Pierce, a Texan whose niece works for the Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood.
- Jalapeno pepper jelly hit shelves in 1978 and originated in Lake Jackson, Texas.
- The United States War Department brought camels to Texas for use in the Indian Wars in the 1850s. They did this twice and many of them lived well into the 1920s.
- Texas entered the United States by treaty. Most states enter by annexation.
- Despite its name, Slaughter, Texas has never had a homicide.
- Sam Houston, a famous Texan, was born in Virginia. The term “honorary” goes a long way here.
- The Kincaid Rockshelter outside of Uvalde is the oldest construction in North America. It was originally buried under layers of dirt. It has been traced back to the Clovis people who settled in what’s now Texas, more than 13,000 years ago.
- The San Jacinto Monument in La Porte is 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument, making it the tallest stone column memorial in the world.
- Despite its intense summer heat, the lowest temperature in Texas was -23 degrees. It was recorded in Tulia in 1899 and Seminole in 1933.
There definitely is a lot of history in Texas, and all of us at Pollard Used Cars of Amarillo, TX are proud to be a part of it.