Everything’s bigger in Texas


More trivia from the state where a boast is said to be merely a statement of fact:
texas-capitol1— The Texas Capitol in Austin, where we’ll stop for a rest day about midway through the bike ride across America, was constructed of Texas pink granite and opened to the public on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1888. Not to be outdone by the federal government, the dome of the Texas Capitol is almost 15 feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.san-jacinto-monument-22
— The San Jacinto Monument near Houston, commemorating Gen. Sam Houston‘s victory over Mexican forces under Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, is among the tallest columns in the world. At 570 feet, it’s about 15 feet higher than the Washington Monument.
— The first word spoken from the moon was “Houston.” On July 20, 1969, after Neil Armstrong piloted the lunar lander to a touchdown on the moon, he uttered these words at 4:18 p.m. EDT: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
Our bike route doesn’t take us through Houston, but I couldn’t resist those last two nuggets of trivia.

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