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Texas History Quiz, Part Two

It looks like y’all enjoyed our first Texas History Quiz, so we’re rounding up some more Texas trivia for part two. Let’s see how well you know Texas, folks.

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Write down your answers and scroll to the bottom to see how well you did.

1. Gruene Hall is:

a. The biggest library in Texas
b. The oldest dance hall in Texas
c. A German restaurant in New Braunfels

2. Blue Bell is manufactured in what Texas town?

a. Wimberley
b. Lubbock
c. Brenham

3. “Don’t Mess With Texas” originated from:

a. A statewide anti littering campaign
b. A George Strait song
c. A statewide don’t drink and drive campaign

4. In what year did the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the US cause an estimated 8,000 deaths in Galveston?

a. 1900
b. 1929
c. 1901

5. What is Texas’ largest county, in terms of area?

a. Harris
b. Brazoria
c. Brewster

6. What is Texas’ largest county, in terms of population?

a. Dallas
b. Harris
c. Travis

7. True or False? The Texas State Capitol building in Austin is nearly 15 feet taller than the National Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

8. What is the official sport of Texas?

a. Football
b. Baseball
c. Rodeo

9. The Astrodome in Houston was the first domed stadium in the country. The structure opened in what year?

a. 1965
b. 1979
c. 1945

10. Which one of these famous people is not from Texas?

a. Barry White
b. Sam Houston
c. Matthew McConaughey
Answers:
1. The oldest dance hall in Texas (b)
Gruene Hall was built in 1878 and officially the oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall in Texas. The 6,000 square foot dance hall has a high pitched tin roof and boasts the same original layout complete with side flaps for open air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. If you haven’t had the pleasure of two-stepping there, add it to your bucket list.

2. Brenham (c)
The official ice cream of Texas, Blue Bell, started as the Brenham Creamery Company by making butter from excess cream brought in by the local farmers. A few years later, the creamery began making ice cream and started delivering it to their neighbors by horse and wagon. In 1930 the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after our favorite native wildflower, the bluebonnet.

3. A statewide anti littering campaign (a)
While “Don’t Mess With Texas” has many meanings today, it originated from a campaign fromTexas Highway Commission to prevent littering across the state highways.

4. 1900(a)
The hurricane of 1900 made landfall in Galveston on September 8, 1900.

5. Brewster (c)
Brewster county is in West Texas, where Big Bend National Park is. Brewster It is more than three times the size of the state of Delaware and consists of more than 500 square miles.

6. Harris (b)
Harris County contains Texas’ biggest city, Houston. Population is more than 4 million making it the largest county in population in the entire Lone Star State. It is also the third most populous county in the United States.

7. True
Texas is one of the few states to have a taller Capitol building that the National Capitol. Everything is bigger in Texas. Right, folks?

8. Rodeo (c)
While Texans do love their football, the official state sport is the rodeo. In 1997 the Texas Legislature declared rodeo the state’s official sport. Only 258 days until the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back, y’all.

9. 1965 (a)
The Astrodome, known as the eighth wonder of the world, opened in April 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. Harris Country leaders and businessmen broke ground for the stadium in January of 1962 in true Texas fashion, using Colt .45s, but the stadium did not open until three years later in April of 1965.

10. Sam Houston (b)
While most Texans consider Sam Houston a true Texas legend, he was not a native to the Lone Star State. Sam Houston was born in 1793 in Virginia and did not come to Texas until 1832.

Barry White was born in 1944 on Galveston Island. He was a soul singer and record producer who later died in 2003.

Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas in 1969. He is a well-known actor who still loves and lives in the Lone Star State.

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5 Responses to Texas History Quiz, Part Two

  1. Vicky June 24, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Only missed the Brewster one.

  2. George Strait June 24, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Harris, Brazoria, Brewster, Dallas, and Travis are all counties, not countries…which is also mispelled.

    • Goode Company
      Goode Company June 24, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      We appreciate you making us aware of our typos. We’ve made the correction.

  3. Shirley B Fraley June 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Well, raised & born in Texas but missed 2 – largest county and official sport.

  4. Jean Getchell July 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    For George, misspell! ;))

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