Y’all seem to love our Texas history quizzes, so we’ve rounded up some more Texas trivia for round three. Let’s see how well you know Texas. If you haven’t taken round one or round two, we recommend checking those out as well.
Write down your answers and scroll to the bottom to see how well you did.
1. Dr Pepper was invented and first served in Waco, Texas in which year?
2. The Rio Grande is the longest river in Texas. Name the second longest river in Texas.
c. Red River
3. In 1845, Texas joined the United States as the ____ state.
4. Before they were known as the Houston Astros, what was Houston’s baseball team’s name?
a. Colt .45s
5. The state Capitol building in Austin was built with red granite quarried from which city?
a. El Paso
b. Marble Falls
6. In which city and year was a World’s Fair held in Texas?
a. Dallas, 1952
b. Fort Worth, 1966
c. San Antonio, 1968
7. Which city is considered by historians to be the oldest in Texas?
8. Which fish is the official state fish of Texas?
a. Red Snapper
b. Guadalupe Bass
c. Striped Bass
9. True or False: The Dallas Cowboys play their home games in Dallas.
Bonus: Do you know the state dish of Texas?
1. 1885, (b) One of the oldest soft drink brands in America, Dr Pepper was first invented in the early 1800s by Charles Alderton who worked at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. It wasn’t until 1885 that the soft drink was officially served. Dr Pepper began nationally marketing the beverage “with the most unique flavor” in 1904, when they took the drink to the World’s Fair in St. Louis.
2. Red River (c) The Rio Grande River, which flows 1,896 miles from the base of Canby Mountain in Colorado to south Texas where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, is the longest river in Texas. The Red River is Texas’ second longest river, running 1,360 miles from Oklahoma through Texas and Louisiana.
3. 28th (a) Texas joined the United States of America as the 28th state on December 29, 1845.
4. Colt .45s (a) In 1962, the team known today as the Houston Astros took the field as the Colt .45s for their first official baseball game in Houston, Texas on Colt Field. They beat the Chicago Cubs in an 11-2 victory. It wasn’t until 1965 that the name changed to the Houston Astros and they began playing at the Astrodome, the country’s first domed stadium.
5. Marble Falls (b) The original Capitol building was to be built completely out of local limestone sourced from an area roughly ten minutes outside of Austin; however, people started to notice discoloring in the limestone and it was discovered that there was quite a lot of iron present. Once this problem had been discovered, a change of plan was in order and, consequently, the owners of Granite Mountain near Marble Falls donated enough sunset red granite to complete the building.
6. San Antonio, 1968 (c) The World’s Fair, also known as the HemisFair, was held in San Antonio, Texas from April 6 through October 6 in 1968. The fair was held in 1968 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio, which was in 1718.
7. Nacogdoches (a) Considered to be the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches was founded in 1779 by Don Antonio Gil Y’Barbo. Today’s quaint little town is booming with history and stories from years past, beginning with the Caddo Indians, who settled in the area around 800 A.D. Over the course of its history, Nacogdoches had nine different flags that flew over the area (that’s three more than the rest of Texas).
8. Guadalupe Bass (b) Texas designated the Guadalupe Bass as the official state fish in 1989. Found only in Texas, this fish is native to the fast moving streams in the central Hill Country and can be found in the Guadalupe, Colorado and San Antonio rivers. A small but powerful fish, a typical adult is around 12 inches long and one pound in weight.
9. False, The Dallas Cowboys play in AT&T stadium, which is located in Arlington, Texas.
Bonus: Chili, You may think the official state dish is barbeque, but you would be wrong. While we know barbeque is definitely a regular meal for any true Texan, the official state dish is chili. If you haven’t tried our famous Venison Chili at the Armadillo Palace, come on over for lunch and dinner, and enjoy a cup or bowl.