This week’s block is Texas
Here’s some facts about the Lone Star state
Entered Union (rank): Dec. 29, 1845 (28)
Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies.
The armadillo is the official state mammal.
The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state's most popular historic site.
The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.
Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
NASA, in Houston, headquarters for all piloted U.S. space projects
More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.