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BC: The End, Yee- Haw!

FC: Don't Mess with Texas

1: Don't Mess With Texas By: Caroline I. and Madi M. Kee-2 9/2/11

3: " being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage." - loa tzu | Table of Contents a: ATM b: Big Bend Mountains c: Blue Bell Creameries d: Dr. Pepper Museum e: Enchanted Rock f: Fiesta Texas g: Galveston Island Beach h: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor i: Independance j: Jefferson Hotel, Historic Inn k: King Ranch l: Longhorn Caverns m: Mt. Bonnell n: NASA o: Orange p: Port Aransas q: Quitman r: San Antonio River s: Schlitterbahn t: Texas Tech u: UT v: Van Area Oil and Historical Museum w: Walnut Springs x: XIT Historical Museum y: Yorktown z: Dallas Zoo

5: ATM | Texas A&M is located at least 2 and 1/2 hours away heading north east from Austin ,Texas. ATM is the states first institution of higher education. ATM has awarded more than 365,00 degrees since the university opened. Their mascot is Reveille the dog. The first Reveille was a mixed breed adopted by the students in 1931. The US army designed a cadet general jacket (5 diamonds) as a thank you to the University. | University

7: Big Bend's Mountains are located along the Rio Grande River. The highest elevation is Emory Peak at about 7825 ft above sea level. The other peaks in the range are Emory Peak (7,835 feet above sea level), Lost Mine Peak (7,535 feet), Toll Mountain (7,415 feet), and Casa Grande Peak (7,325 feet).They cover about 40 square miles along the Rio Grande River. They are the 3rd highest mountain group in the US. Big Bend's Mountains are also the only mountain range contained in a single national park. | Big Bend' s Mountains | Landform

9: Blue Bell Creamery | The Blue Bell Creamery is located in Brenham, Texas. Blue Bell first opened their doors in 1907. It all started on a hot summer's day when a couple of local farmers decided to start Brenham Creamery Company, and use the excess of butter to make cream. A few years later,they started making ice cream and delivering it to their neighbors by horse and wagon. Then in 1930 they changed their name to Blue Bell Creameries after the Texas wildflower, blue bell. Today Blue Bell's ice cream is ranked one of the top three, best-selling ice creams in the country even though it's only found in 26% of the grocery stores. Blue Bell is only sold in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming. That's why people who have access to Blue Bell say,"It's the best ice cream in the country!" | Recreation

11: The Dr. Pepper Museum is in Waco, Texas. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4:15 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 4:15 pm. If you' re thinking about going to the museum it is $7 for adults, $5 for senior adults and $4 for children. Dr. Pepper is the oldest, most popular manufactuers of soft drink concentrates and syrups in America. Dr.Pepper was first created, manufactured and sold in 1885 in the town of Waco. To widen its appeal across the nation, Dr Pepper called itself "the most misunderstood soft drink," and then in the 1970s it became "the most original soft drink ever, in the whole wide world." In 1977, Dr Pepper's advertising was marked by the famous "Be a Pepper" campaign, followed by "Be You." The newest slogan is "There's just more to it," which coordinates with the importance on the 23 fruit flavors that give Dr Pepper its unique taste. | Dr. Pepper Museum | Recreation

13: Enchanted Rock | This special dome of rock is 425 feet of pure pink granite. Enchanted Rock is located in Fredericksburg. It is one of the oldest landformations in Texas. Tonkowa Indians named it, thinking ghosts fires flickered and at night they herd creepy creaking and groaning noises, which geologists say were created by the rock being heated during the day and contracting with the cold night. Enchanted Rock is not only a legend but also a habitat to many plants and animals. Enchanted Rock is home to rock squirrels, fox squirrels, armadillos, rabbits and other small animals. The plants here vary from bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes to Live oak. | Landform

15: If your looking for some fun, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located in San Antonio. The park has the largest steel roller coaster in Texas, Superman. The highest point on this thrill is 168 feet (almost 16 stories). Their oldest ride is the Wagon Wheel which spins out of control on makes you go vertical while you do some summersaults. The tallest ride you could go on while your there is the Scream. It is 20 stories tall.Six Flags is usually open on the weekends from 10:30 to the latest which is 10. | Fiesta Texas | recreation

17: The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. The Gulf is a Mediterranean-type sea located at the southeastern corner of North America. The northern part of the Gulf is bordered by the United States, the western part is bordered by 5 Mexican States, and the island of Cuba to the southeast. The Gulf measures about 1.5 million square kilometers. There have been over 9 major oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. The five major cities on the gulf coast are Houston TX, Tampa FL, New Orleans LA, Mobile AL, and ST. Petersburg FL. The gulf of Mexico is also a popular place for people to go to the beach. | Gulf of Mexico | Water

19: Mary Hardin is in the city of Belton, Texas. At a the Union Association meeting in 1841, the board recommended creating a Christian School. In 1893 UMHB started the first study program for females in a college. In 1921 they also established the first journalism school for women in America. Today, Mary Hardin enrolls at least 2,700 students and employs more than 320 full time faculty and staff dedicated to creating a higher Christian education. | Mary Hardin- Baylor | University

21: Independence | City | Established in 1876, Independence is a town rich in history. For starters, Independence is the homesite of Baylor University—and Sam Houston and his family lived here in the 1850s. Surrounded by cotton-producing plantations, Independence had become the wealthiest community in Texas and a Baptist stronghold when selected to be the site of Baylor University in 1845. Reaching its peak during the 1850s, the town was recognized as an educational, economic, and religious center.

23: The Jefferson hotel is located in Jefferson, Texas. It was first used (back in steamboat & Southern Belle times) as a warehouse to store cotton in. At the turning of the twentieth century it was changed into a hotel. Not only was it a special historic landmark, but also a lovely haunting sight. Guests who have visited this this blast from the past have reported stories of spooky sights and eerie sounds in the night. | The Jefferson Hotel | Historic Landmark

25: The King Ranch, is located in south Texas between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, is one of the world's largest ranches. The 825,000 acre ranch was founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis. Its land includes portions of six Texas counties, including most of Kleberg County and Kenedy County, with portions extending into Brooks, Jim Wells, Nueces, and Willacy counties. The ranch does not consist of one single contiguous plot of land, but rather four large sections called divisions. The divisions are the Santa Gertrudis, the Laureles, the Encino and the Norias. Only two of the four divisions border each other, and that border is relatively short. The ranch was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. | The King Ranch | recreation

27: Longhorn Caverns | Longhorn Cavern has been a natural landmark since 1971. The 639-acre cavern is one of few river formed caverns in Texas. The earliest records indicate that the Comanche Indians were the first to use the cavern over 400 years before anyone else did. The cavern used as a Confederate stronghold where gunpowder was secretly manufactured during the Civil War.

29: Mt. Bonnell | Mt. Bonnell is one of Austin's oldest tourists attractions making itself known since 1850. It is the highest point within Austin City Limits at 785 ft. Mt. Bonnell has a view of the 360 bridge, Lake Austin, as well as some down town area. There is a legend about Mt. Bonnell explaining why it is one of Austin's most romantic places. According to the legend it was ounce name Antoinette's Leap, after a girl who plumitted to her death to avoid to be captured by indians. | Landform

31: NASA stands for National Aeronautics & Space Administration. One of the NASA station's is located in Houston, Texas. Although NASA may not have put the first man in space, NASA did put the first man on the moon which was project Apollo. NASA had three main projects that include Project Mercury, Project Gemini and Project Apollo. Project Mercury was basically to get a single man in space and orbit around the Earth. Project Gemini was to mainly get 2 people in space, and last but certainly not least was Project Apollo, to land men on the moon. NASA has achieved every one of these projects. Now that NASA has completed all their projects, they are working on new one's which are much more challenging and involve even deeper knowledge of our solar system. NASA is coming up with plans to land humans on Mars, build better space crafts that can go even deeper into space and possibly even have public access to space. NASA is also trying to create aircrafts that are safer, more fuel-efficient, quieter, and much more environmentally friendly. With all the new advancements in technology who knows where we will be in 50 years! | NASA

33: Ozona | Ozana Texas also known as Crockett County was first named in 1875 in memory of the famous, David Crockett, who died in the battle of the Alamo on March 5, 1836. Crockett County is the eighth largest county in all of the 254 counties in Texas. It covers 3,000 square miles of our beautiful Texas. The only town within Crockett Country is Ozona. It's population is 3,500 people. The economy is constant because of the business of oil and gas . The school events also keep everyone involved. There is also a Museum that contains artifacts from 10,000 B.C. that keeps vistors entertained.

35: Experts believe the islands along the Texas coast began life as submerged sandbars about 4,500 years ago. The first known human occupants of the island were the Karankawa Indians. The Island was first called Wild Horse Island because of the wild horses called "mesterios" brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800s. The town of Mustang Island was called ropesville by the 1850s but changed its name to Tarpon by 1899 because of all of the fish caught in its waters. There are about 3,480 people live in the town of Port Aransas and there are about 5,000 visitors per year. | Port Aransas

37: Quitman | Quitman was established in 1850 and named after John A. Quitman, a governor of Mississippi. Quitman is home to the actress, Sissy Spacek. Quitman is also has Wood Country Courthouse, the most photographed landmark in Wood County. For outdoor recreation Quitman has crystal clear lakes as well as shopping. Quitman also has events like their Dogwood fiesta and Old settlers reunion. | City

39: The San Antonio River is a major waterway that originates in central Texas in a cluster of springs in north central San Antonio. The river is approximately four miles north of downtown and follows a southeastern path through the state. Eventually it feeds into the Guadalupe River about 10 miles from San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. The river is 240 miles long and crosses over 5 Texas counties. | San Antonio River | Water

41: Schilitterbahnn | There are three Schilitterbahnn locations in Texas. One in New Braunfels, one on South Padre Island and one on Galveston Island. Schilitterbahnn now has a new exhibit called Shipwreck Harbor on the Galveston Island location. The Falls is now open on the New Braunfels location. Schilitterbahnn pumps 72 degrees spring water from the Comal River. The ride Master Blaster was voted "Worlds Best Waterpark Ride" for the ninth time in 2006. | Water

43: Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923. TTU has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two thirds of Texas. The university is the major institution in the region larger that 46 of the nations' 50 state. It is also the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school. | Texas Tech | University

45: University of Texas | University | The University of Texas, or UT, was established in 1883 in Austin Texas. The 423.5 acre university is about .25 miles away from the Texas capitol. UT has a staff of more that 16,00 people and an alumni of over 65,000 people. Some people who went to school at UT are Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, Micheal Dell, founder of Dell computers, and Angus G. Wynne, founder of all Six Flags'. Most people remember UT by their football team...the Texas Longhorns. In 2008, ESPN ranked the Texas Longhorns 7th most prestigious college football programs since 1936.

47: With the discovery of oil in Van, Texas by the Pure Oil company on October 14, 1929 W.T. Jarman Lease, the community became an oil boom town. By December 14, 1929 three more wells were being drilled and completed. It was necessary to build a camp with houses to house the 118 field and office employees. This camp was called Cook Camp. Among the other buildings that were built was the "Cook Warehouse," a sheet metal building where the museum is now located. This building served as an oil field warehouse from 1930-1966. | Van Area Oil and Historical Museum | Historical Importance

49: At 45 miles long and up to 4 miles wide, 37 square miles of coverage, and 225 miles of shoreline, Texas' Lake Whitney is quite a big lake. It is located about 30 miles north of Waco and 65 miles southeast of Fort Worth, and is known as "The Getaway Capitol of Texas". Lake Whitney's clear, blue waters and its diverse shoreline of woods, sandy beaches, and stony bluffs make it one of the most popular recreational lakes in Texas. | Lake Whitney | water

51: XIT Historical Museum | This museum contains exhibits of the XIT Ranch, the largest ranch in the world in the 1880's, and the ranching equipment. THe XIT ranch was about 3 million acres of land.This museum also has rotating exhibits on numerous amounts of hats, guns and tons of other historical importance artifacts. The XIT museum is located in Dalhart, Texas. They even have a new exhibit, The Art Gallery. It includes artists paintings throughout the century. It even contains documents and old newspapers dating back to the 1800's! The museum is sponserd by the Dallam-Hartley County Historical Association, and makes a great field trip for kids! | Historical Importance

53: Yorktown | City | Yorktown, Texas was established in 1848 by Captain John York (famous Indian fighter) and Charles Eckhardt. Yorktown was named after Captain York and his grave lies only seven miles outside the city. The first house ever built in Yorktown was in May 1848 and was constructed by John Frank and Peter Metz.Yorktown is Dewitt county's oldest town. The city is found in Dewitt County, the wildflower capital of Texas, and is very close to San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Yorktown is known for their annual Western Days also known as Ziegfest.

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55: Dallas Zoo | The Dallas Zoo is obviously the Dallas Zoo is located in Dallas, Texas. As you walk up you are greeted by this 67.5 ft tall statue, the tallest statue in Texas. The Zoo's main goal is to save all endangered species and and create an environment where kids are aware of the animals around them. A cool thing they have there is that you can adopt an animal from the exhibit and the money helps provide a habitat and also it helps creates a good, strong lifestyle for them. Some of the profit even goes to their participation in the SSPs or the Survival Species Plan which helps save endangered animals across the globe! If you donate you would get a certificate of the animal you adopted, a full color picture of him/her, a report with info on the animal you adopted and an exclusive invitation to their annual adoption party. | Recreation

56: KEY: Water: landforms: Historical Importance: Gulf Of Mexico Big Bend Mountains NASA San Antonio River Enchanted Rock Jefferson Hotel Schlitterbahn Longhorn Caverns Van Area Oil Museum Lake Whitney Mt. Bonnell XIT Historical Museum Cities: Recreation: Universities: Independence Blue Bell Creameries A & M Ozona Fiesta Texas UMHB Port Aransas King Ranch Texas Tech Quitman Dr. Pepper Museum UT Yorktown Dallas Zoo

57: C | Z | K | F | E L M | O | Q | P | Y | G | S | R | W | B | N | X | J | V | U | T | H | A

58: A cite: Texas A&M University - College Station, TX. Web. 13 Sept. 2011. . B cite: "Big Bend National Park (U.S. National Park Service)." U.S. National Park Service - Experience Your America. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. . C cite: Blue Bell Ice Cream. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. . D cite: Dr Pepper Museum - Home. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. E cite: "TPWD: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area." Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. . F cite: "Six Flags Fiesta Texas Park Info." Six Flags. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. . G cite: "GulfBase - General Facts about the Gulf of Mexico." GulfBase - Resource Database for Gulf of Mexico Research. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . H cite: UMHB: The University of Mary Hardin Baylor - Belton, TX. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . I cite: Welcome to Independence, Texas. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . J cite: The Historic Jefferson Hotel in Jefferson Texas. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . K cite: "The Legacy." Kign Ranch. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . L cite: Longhorn Cavern State Park :: Eco Tours :: Cave :: Texas Hill Country :: Spelunking. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . M cite: "Mount Bonnell." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . N cite: NASA - Home. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . O cite: Welcome to Ozona, Texas! Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . P cite: Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau | Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Texas Beach Vacation Destination. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . Q cite: Quitman Chamber of Commerce. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . R cite: "The San Antonio River Walk :: Official San Antonio Visitor Information: VisitSanAntonio.com." San Antonio Texas Official Vacation and Visitor Information. San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. :: | Citations:

59: VisitSanAntonio.com. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . S cite: Waterparks, Schlitterbahn. Schlitterbahn Waterparks - America's First Family of Waterparks. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . T cite: Texas Tech University. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . U cite: Home | The University of Texas at Austin. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . V cite: "Van Zandt County Genealogical Society." RootsWeb.com Home Page. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . W cite: "Lake Whitney." Visit USA - Best Hotel Rates, Beaches, Rivers, Cities, Mountains, Lakes, Parks and Pictures. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . X cite: XIT Museum. Web. 18 Sept. 2011. Y cite:Web. 18 Sept. 2011. Z cite: The Dallas Zoo. Web. 18 Sept. 2011.

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