Do You Know These 5 Fascinating “Secret” Facts About Texas?
When you think of Texas, you may picture great food, stellar sunsets, or the Alamo. However, truth be told, the Lone Star State is full of lesser-known facts that remain generally unknown by the greater public.
I was checking out Only In Your State and came across some crazy quirky facts about Texas. Since I already knew most of the ones listed, I wanted to look further into "secret" facts that even most Texans don't know. I wasn't disappointed in what I found.
Let's dig deep into some lesser-known "secret" facts about the Lone Star State.
Secret Tunnels in Houston
Underneath the city of Houston, there's a 7-mile-long system of tunnels that connect downtown buildings. While they aren't really a secret, many tourists and even some locals don't know about this underground system, which has shops and restaurants.
In 1961, just outside Amarillo, a B-52 bomber broke apart in the air. The nuclear bomb it was carrying did not detonate, however, it did release a large amount of radioactive debris.
The Dallas Underground is home to a piece of artwork from the 1970s by an artist named Gene Byron. Known as the "Dallas Pedestrian Network," it's an underground walkway system scattered with various artwork. Again, not really a secret, but very cool and unknown to many.
Texas has had its fair share of sightings of the creature known as the Chupacabra. While it's more of a legend seen across Latin America, Texas has become a hotspot for sightings in recent years.
The Texas Navy
Most people already know about the Texas Rangers, but did you know Texas also once had its own navy? When Texas was a republic, it had a small fleet that played a vital role in the fight for independence from Mexico.
When you dig deep into Texas history, you can uncover quite a bit of surprising and lesser-known facts. From underground tunnel systems to a forgotten naval force, the Lone Star State continues to amaze.
Texas is a unique state all its own, including laws on the books that'll leave you scratching your head.