AMAZING Texas Facts!

shutterstock_188642768One of my favorite parts of my job is researching the weekly newsletter.  I am always amazed at how much information is out there that I had no idea was there! This blog article came across my search ( and I thought it was fun.  It’s always great to have some local color and knowledge when talking to those out of state.  Some of my family is still in the Northeast and trying to explain number 1 and 27 below really blew some minds!  Enjoy a fun read (memorize just a few of these for your next office gathering!) and let us know if there is any way we can be of service to you this week. We are here to help you make The Woodlands home.

Our state is big, it’s wide, and it’s weird. Put those things together and you have a list of some amazing things about Texas.

1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles, Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles.

2. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas.

3. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.

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

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

6. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

7. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

8. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston…”

9. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.

10. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43″ in 24  hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.

11. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

12. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

13. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.

14. Dublin, TX has the oldest and only Dr Pepper bottling company that is still working and producing the original Dr Pepper.

15. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.

16. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).

17. The name “Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .

18. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).

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

20. 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.

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

22. Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.

23. The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.

24. In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos:
Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin.

25. Texas’ largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.

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

27. El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.

28. Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area.

29. More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.

30. The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.

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

32. Laredo is the world’s largest inland port.

33. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world’s largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.

34. Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well.

35. The San Jacinto Monument in LaPorte, TX is listed as the tallest stone column memorial structure in the world, 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

The 13th annual Fall Home and Garden Show

Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands_520x320With the cooler weather, you may be thinking it’s a good time to pursue home-improvement projects to get your home Holiday-ready. There is a great event coming up that focuses on caring and decorating your new home. This weekend is the 13th annual Fall Home & Garden Show here in The Woodlands. The event is held at The Woodlands Marriott and runs both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see trends in home design and landscaping, as well as becoming familiar with local vendors to service your home needs. Visit for details regarding the show. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; 12 & under are free. There is a $1 off show admission from the website. Some of the featured categories are:

• Kitchen
• Bath Showcase
• Live Cooking Demos
• Outdoor Living
• Organic Gardening
• Beer & Wine Tasting
• Farmer’s Market

Looking for a particular vendor to service a specific need? Don’t forget to access our Preferred Partners Guide at We have a great list that we have carefully cultivated from years of relationships to meet your home needs. Additionally, the Destination Guide, also found on our site, provides lists of everything from furniture stores to pet services to local agencies and everything in between. If you need something that you can’t find on our list, let your concierge or our office know and we can research that specific item for you. The heat and the periods of heavy, to no rain provide challenges in how to deal with your outdoor spaces. Below are some wonderful sites that discuss strategies for our climate and how to deal with it!

HoustonBe sure to check out the article starting on page 62 of the July issue, with Kathy Huber, the former garden editor of the Houston Chronicle for some wonderful information specific to our climate.
th_goTuFs29Yvp72rbXZEMIoJXv8h3FR7U8In the July issue of this magazine, they have an article on gardening titled, It’s a Jungle Out There!


Woodlands-Township-LogoThe Woodlands Township offers classes designed to deal with the climate extremes of our area, as well as being mindful of water consumption.
cropped-logo-InterfaithIf you don’t have the space for gardening in your home, you might be interested in community gardening. Interfaith of The Woodlands sponsors a community garden that provides fresh food to the Interfaith Food Pantry. The garden is located at the Alden Bridge Sports Park and is supported by The Woodlands Township and many community volunteers. For more information or to become involved, please email
The-Arbor-Gate-tooReady to plant?  Visit a local garden store like The Arbor Gate for a great selection of plants that are selected to work in our climate.  Check out our OnLocation video for inspiration!


Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Fall Action Guide

shutterstock_305479520With the start of school days looming, so begins our attempt at getting back to some kind of schedule.  While I could go on for pages about all of the things to do in The Woodlands, The Woodlands Township does a wonderful job of offering recreation programs for all ages.  The Recreation Center is not just for kids!  Below are some highlights from the 2015 Fall Action Guide from The Woodlands Township that show the variety of programs offered.

The Woodlands Township Recreation Center is located on Research Forest Drive, west of Gosling Drive.  At this location, there are sports fields, Bear Branch pool, a skate park, a dog park and an inline skating hockey rink, just to name a few amenities.  Many of the programs operate from this location – while others are held in a variety of parks and facilities throughout town.

Outdoor Concerts

Concert-in-the-ParkIn the fall months, The Woodlands Township will sponsor 4 outdoor concerts at Northshore Park on Lake Woodlands Drive.  These events are free and run from 5:30-7:30pm

• September 13: The Spicolis (80s Rock)
September 20: Matt Mason (Texas Country)
This night is also the 5th Annual Family Sidewalk Chalk Competition, which starts prior to the concert.
October 4: Russell Boyd (Variety Piano Man)
October 11: Gary Michael Dahl Band (Jazz)
This night also features the 2nd Annual Jack-O-Lantern Challenge.

Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated all weekend at Waterway Square.  Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, from 6-9pm, you can enjoy live music, children’s activities and fireworks.



RivaRow046Kayaking on Lake Woodlands is great for novices and experts.  Riva Row Boat House offers classes, private lessons and group outings, or you can just show up on a Sunday afternoon and take a kayak out the water.  They will often offer discounts through Groupon or AmazonLocal, so be sure to check that out as well.

For Kids

As you would expect, there are great options for preschoolers and kids, including venues to host a birthday party.  Several Fridays during the fall the recreation center will offer a kids night out. Kids Night Out is for ages 4-10 and is offered once a month on a Friday.  The Gorilla Hole is for 5th and 6th graders and runs during 6 Fridays in the fall from 7-9:45pm.


But aside from i9 sports and tennis, the Recreation center offers classes for dance, engineering, art, tai chi, cooking, just to name a few! There is certain to be something for every kid (big and little) at the Recreation Center.

For Adults

Rec Center_thumbThere are tennis groups, aquatic programs, 7v7 soccer, flag football and softball leagues.  Get a group together, get active and have some fun! What about wilderness survival or fly fishing?  The Recreation Center has that covered too!  Not to mention, there is a wonderful fitness room, complete with cardio machines, free weights and resistance machines. You can sign up for a daily rate of $6 or get an extended monthly membership for $10/month.  You can’t get a better deal than that at any other fitness center around town!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

August is…


August is National Golf Month. While I don’t want to encourage anyone to get heat stroke, you can find a few, slightly cooler options Close-up of Golf Club and Golf Ballaround town. I would encourage you to check out Shankz Black Light Mini Golf or Top Golf in Spring. We have OnLocation videos of both spots that you can check out to get a flavor for what these places are all about. You can visit for the video on Shankz or to see about Top Golf!

imagesAugust is also National Water Quality Month. Water is a precious resource in Texas, especially in these hot months of summer. If you hadn’t already noticed, it is also hard to get a cool shower in the summer! Around here, the WJPA, or The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency  reports on water quality in The Woodlands – and set watering restrictions. For more information, visit

Some other days that are worth noting this month include:

Freddys-Frozen-Custard-Steakburgers-FacebookAugust 8National Frozen Custard Day – Visit a Culver’s or Freddy’s near you.

August 20National Lemonade Day – Nothing quenches your thirst on a hot day quite like lemonade! Chick-Fil-A makes their lemonade fresh in store every day – in images-1both a sugar-sweetened and Splenda-sweetened versions. A fresh spin is their new Lemon-Freeze which is lemonade and ‘IceDream‘ blended…Yum! Let’s face it – making lemonade is not that hard – so check out this link and make your own at home!

August 22-2313th Annual Fall Home and Garden Show in The Woodlands. This is an event not to be missed!  Hours are 9am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.  There is something for everyone with a home project, whether it be renovation, painting a room, outdoor cooking or just to shop for a great throw pillow!  Make sure you get all of the details on this event and check it out, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

College-Colors-DayAugust 28National College Colors Day – Support your favorite school or alma mater and wear those colors proud! A number of local companies embrace this one – and its fun to see how people show off their collegiate pride!

Do you wonder where I find all these holidays you didn’t even know about? Visit for a list of fun calendar items!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor