Sunday, September 06, 2009

Texas v. California - Who really is the "Biggest"?

This morning when I opened my Twitter account, I noticed that two of my Texas friends were bantering and the conversation ended with " Well, everything IS bigger in Texas."

This reminded me of along standing family rivalry (and one of my mother's pet peeves).  See, 90% of my extended family (from both sides) was either born in Texas, currently live in Texas or both.  Now my mother is a proud California native.  When I was a child, we spent several of our two week summer vacations traipsing around Texas visiting relatives.  Sometime during each of these trips, someone would mention how BIG things are in Texas.  This of course, would send my mother off on how things were actually BIGGER in California.  (This eventually moved into which state was better, or had more, etc.)  I don't remember exactly how these "sparing matches" ended but I'm sure that there was no clear winner.  (Although, my mother would defiantly claim she was the victor!)

So in honor of my Texas v. California family rivalry, below are some facts about each terrific state courtesy of, and .  I leave it up to the reader to decide the final score!


Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world's largest rose garden with over 38,000 bushes with 500 varieties on 22 acres.

Texas has more land farmed than in any other state.

Texas has nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.

More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.

Laredo is the world's largest inland port.

Amarillo has the world's largest helium well.

Texas has more counties (254) than any other state

The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. that is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (by 7 feet).

The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport is larger than New York City's Manhattan Island! But Denver International Airport is the largest in the USA and second largest in the world in terms of size over 53 square miles… Also has the longest commercial runway at 16,000 feet!)

Texas is the first state to have 5 straight Miss USA winners 1985, 86. 87, 88 ,89.  Texas also has the most Miss USA winners (8)

Texas has more miles of paved streets than the former Soviet Union!

The land area of Texas is larger than all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined, extending 801 miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west.

The World's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on 4 July 1883

Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900 caused by a hurricane in which over 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.


California also has the highest and lowest point in the contiguous United States -- Mt Whitney and Death Valley, respectively. (This would be the lowest point on dry land.)

The highest waterfall in the USA is in California's Yosemite National Park. It is 2,425 feet high (739 meters).

Located in Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is the largest of it's kind in North America.

The Hollywood Bowl is the world's largest amphitheater

The hottest and driest place is Death Valley, summer temperatures reach around 115 on average.

San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

Fresno, California is the raisin capital of the world.

Castroville California is the artichoke capital of the world.

Los Angeles County, California is the most populated county in the country.

San Bernardino County in California at 20,105 square miles, has the largest land area of any county in the country.  (Four boroughs of Alaska are each larger, but, of course, they are not "counties". )

California is home to the largest tree (the Giant Sequoia), the tallest tree (the Coastal redwood which is even taller than the Statue of Liberty), the oldest tree (the Bristlecone Pine) and the only indigenous palm in North America (the California Palm).

The City of Los Angeles, California is known simply as Los Angeles at the present time, but in the past, it had a much longer name. We're including it here for information's sake as a city with 12 words and 55 words!
El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola)

The highest bridge towers in the world are still the art-deco towers of the Golden Gate Bridge at 750 feet, completed in 1937. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge across San Francisco Bay and completed in 1936 still holds three world records: 1) the largest diameter bore tunnel which is the double-decker vehicle tunnel through Yerba Buena Island in the Bay connecting the two halves of the bridge; 2) the world's largest toll booth - 18 lanes; and 3) still the world's longest and highest bridge over ocean-navigable waters - the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco is the most popular city in the world for tourists, and has held that record for the last 25 years. Paris is second.

The largest wine producing region in the world, in both quantity and revenue, is now Sonoma County around the city of Santa Rosa, in the Northern California Wine County north of San Francisco. Sonoma County has recently surpassed its neighbor, the famous Napa Valley in adjacent Napa County, California.

The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.

Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference.

California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.

California has the largest economy in the states of the union.

Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other states.

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