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    Waterloo became Austin
    Washington-on-the-Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, Columbia and Houston served as capitals of the Republic of Texas. In 1839, the Capital Commission selected the "site of the town of Waterloo, on the north bank of the Colorado" as the permanent capital and the place was renamed Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin.

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    San Jacinto Monument

    The 567.31-foot San Jacinto Monument is world's tallest masonry column. Battle of San Jacinto is the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. The monument honors all those who fought for independence of Texas from Mexico. The star at the top of the monument weighs 220-tons

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    ... and the Oscar goes to
    Oscar, the Academy Award statuette, was unofficially named after a Texan, Oscar Pierce, whose niece worked for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her off-the-cuff comment that the gold statuette 'looks just like her Uncle Oscar' went viral and the name got stuck.

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    Oath in Dallas

    President Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in to office as President on Air Force One while it was on the ground at Dallas Love Field Airport

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    Father of Texas
    Texas capital, Austin, is named after the father of Texas, Stephen Fuller Austin. He led the first successful colonization of the Texas by bringing 300 families (“The Old Three Hundred”) from the United States to the region in 1825.

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    Texans in the White House
    Two Texas-born Americans became presidents. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, in 1890. Lyndon B. Johnson was born near present-day Johnson City, Texas. Two more presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, though born in New England, claimed Texas as their home state.

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    Deadliest disaster
    Galveston, Texas, an island city located about 50 miles southeast of Houston, was hit by a Category 4 hurricane on September 8, 1900 killing an estimated 8,000 people. It is the deadliest natural disaster in recorded U.S. history

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    Rio Grande
    Rio Grande, the 1,896 miles (3,051 km) long river on the border between Texas and Mexico, is the longest of all the rivers that flow through Texas. The Colorado River is the longest river in Texas totally contained within the State’s borders.

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    Largest city Houston (2.3 million) List
    Largest metro Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington (7 million) List
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    Population 28 million (rank: 2) List
    Population density 105 per mile2 (rank: 26) List
    Life expectancy 78.5 (rank: 30) List
    Median age 34.4 years (rank: 3) List
    Area 268,581 mile2 (rank: 2) List
    Median household income $56,473 (rank: 25) List
    Statehood December 29, 1845 (28th state) List
    Mean elevation 1,700 ft. (520 m) List
    Highest point Guadalupe Peak 8,751 ft (2667 m) List
    Coastline 367 miles List
    International border 1,241 miles (rank: 2) List
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