Special thanks today to Laura Topaz who gave me a great little book with tons of Texas facts in it.
Cowboys seem to be the national sex symbol. And while you’ll find them in several western states like Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, the legend of he cowboy is still tied to Texas. No wonder women keep saying, “God Bless Texas.” And it’s not surprising that Texas produces more cattle than any other state. Texas is also tops in the hay department. Gotta feed those cattle. And the Dallas-Forth Worth region has more horses per capita than any other similar-sized area in the country. Maybe in the world.
So. Ready for some more mind-boggling facts about the state where I live and the cowboys we love? Here we go.
June 20th is officially Audie Murphy Day in Texas. During WW2 the Texas native earned every decoration of valor the United States had to offer, plus five more from Franc and Belgium, for a total of 33. Hook up with Netflix and watch an Audie Murphy movie. I recommend To Hell and Back.
You don’t want a Texan to say you’re “ugly as homemade soap.”
Today the spiciest thing found at the Texas State Fair is probably the chili. It used to be the sideshows. Until the middle of the 20th century you could see such peep shows as Corinne the Apple Dancer and one year even stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
You might be a Texan if you aren’t surprised to find movie rentals, ammunition, chewing tobacco and bait in the same store.
During Fiesta San Antonio every year a highlight is the Lucky Duck Race and Festival. 20,000 rubber ducks are dropped into the San Antonio River and “race” to the finish line downstream.
Buying a ranch in Texas doesn’t take much—just find one you like, shake hands with the owner and pony up several million bucks. Or several hundred million, depending on the size.
I’ll bet the people in Austin and El Paso are happy. The FBI named them two of the safest cities in the U.S. Third and fourth lowest crime rates. And while Texas cities may be booming, more than 80 percent of the land in Texas is still rural. That’s where we get all our sexy cowboys. And it’s why I can look out my window and see them ride by.
The Devils Rope Museum, about 75 miles east of Amarillo, is dedicated to the history of barbed wire. Some maintain it was the tool that tamed the west.
Okay! Pay attention now!
Since Texas is, according to one state agency, a “whole other country,” it has holidays no one else has and not everyone can pronounce. Do you know how to say San Jacinto Day, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteeth, Diez y Seis de Septembre.
Tell me what this last holiday celebrates. I’ll pick a winner and award a Wild and Wicked Cowboys messenger bag.
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