Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 2-13-12 |

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 2-13-12

I think most of you gentle readers know that I was born and raised in Texas and lived the first 45 years of my life in the Lone Star State. I am proud to be a native Texan in the same manner that folks from Colorado are proud to be natives in this beautiful adoptive state of mine. Any one should be proud of their birth place and I think that most folks are. Of course I catch a ration of “you Texans bla, bla, bla” from time to time and I expect it. Texas did lots of braggin’ when they were the largest state in the union until Alaska entered the union. There are some things that I never knew about the old country until recently and I’m about to share them with you now.

Did you know …

El Paso, Texas, is closer to California than to Dallas?

Texas claims the first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas, on July 4, 1883. I know that Deer Trail, Colo., claims to have held the first rodeo.

The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in America built over water.

The Heisman trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full time coach at Rice University in Houston.

The first word spoken from the moon was “Houston.”

King Ranch in south Texas is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by treaty (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas). This allows the Texas flag to fly the same height as our American flag.

A live  oak tree in Fulton, Texas, is estimated to be over 1,500 years old!

Did you know that Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas, in 1885?

The name Texas comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning friend. Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas. (I always thought that it was).

The first domed stadium in America was the Astrodome in Houston.

This is a little weird … the state animal is the Armadillo. They always have four babies and they are always male or female! I had no idea. So there ya have it.

I lived in Texas for 45 years and never knew any of the above. Yes we Texans do brag on occasion, but Texas has a lot of history and it is different in so many ways than some of it’s neighbors.

There are things that I miss about Texas and the thing I miss the most are the friendly people. When you cross into Texas from any bordering state and most likely the first person you meet coming down the road (if they are from Texas) will give you a big wave. Texas has some beautiful country and trust me, it has some ugly country. That country around Sundown, Texas, where I grew up is like lookin’ at Miss Jane Hathaway, Beverly Hillbillies, compared to looking at a Marie Osmond of the Texas hill country. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and most folks around Sundown wouldn’t live anywhere else. They are comfortable there and if they moved to Colorado, most likely no one would wave at them coming home from church. God bless Texas and I hope He finds favor with you and yours.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all!

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