History UsefulNotes / OtherCitiesInTexas

23rd Oct '17 10:35:12 PM spiritsunami
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Seaport city, and hometown of the [[PlaysGreatEthnics ever multiracial]] Lou Diamond Phillips (bet you didn't know he was Asian). Also notable for its significant Mexican-American population, and for being the hometown of slain Tejano singer {{Music/Selena}}.

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Seaport city, and hometown of the [[PlaysGreatEthnics ever multiracial]] Lou Diamond Phillips (bet you didn't know he was Asian). Also notable for its significant Mexican-American population, and for being the hometown of slain Tejano singer {{Music/Selena}}.
{{Music/Selena}}. Home to a branch campus of the aforementioned Texas A&M



Due to its elevation, it's also a lot ''colder'' than what most people think of when they think of Texas, regularly getting snowfall in winter.



A small city located roughly halfway between Dallas and Austin on I-35 in the middle of the "Texas Triangle" between [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, and Austin/San Antonio, this town has had...a rough history, to say the least. In 1916, a black man named Jesse Washington was accused of raping and murdering a white woman, tried and convicted in a [[KangarooCourt trial that lasted all of one hour]], and was subsequently ''hung, castrated, and burned alive for two hours'' in front of the Town Hall. People took pictures and sold pieces of his charred corpse as souvenirs during and immediately after his death; the public images outraged most of the United States. In 1953, Waco was destroyed by the eleventh-deadliest tornado in US history (with a death toll of 114[[note]]tied with the tornado that hit another Texas town, Goliad, in 1902[[/note]]), which stalled its economic growth while cities of similar size like Austin boomed. Forty years later, it was doomed to have its name forever associated with the name of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, a group of disfellowshipped members of disfellowshipped members of the Seventh-Day Adventists (long story) who got into an armed standoff with the ATF and FBI at their compound right outside the city at Mount Carmel[[note]]The compound and the Branch Davidians still exist to this day, however finding it is rather hard, as there aren't clear markings/signs around the city to locate it, it's difficult to identify thanks to a series of fires destroying some of the remaining compound buildings in the late 90's, and for obvious reasons, the surviving Davidians aren't fond of outsiders poking around the area.[[/note]], making the word "Waco" a rallying cry for {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s for years; the raid was noted as being the reason why Oklahoma City bomber Timothy [=McVeigh=] would plot his attack on the Murrah Building (intentionally carried out on the second anniversary of the siege). [[TheWoobie Poor town.]] Also, regardless of one's views on the man, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's "ranch", the "Western White House", is located a couple dozen miles outside the city. On the positive side, Creator/SteveMartin's from here, and Baylor University has claimed the title of being the oldest continuously operating university in the state of Texas (established in 1845). The HGTV series ''Series/FixerUpper'' is based here as well.

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A small city located roughly halfway between Dallas and Austin on I-35 in the middle of the "Texas Triangle" between [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, and Austin/San Antonio, this town has had...a rough history, to say the least. In 1916, a black man named Jesse Washington was accused of raping and murdering a white woman, tried and convicted in a [[KangarooCourt trial that lasted all of one hour]], and was subsequently ''hung, castrated, and burned alive for two hours'' in front of the Town Hall. People took pictures and sold pieces of his charred corpse as souvenirs during and immediately after his death; the public images outraged most of the United States. In 1953, Waco was destroyed by the eleventh-deadliest tornado in US history (with a death toll of 114[[note]]tied with the tornado that hit another Texas town, Goliad, in 1902[[/note]]), which stalled its economic growth while cities of similar size like Austin boomed. Forty years later, it was doomed to have its name forever associated with the name of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, a group of disfellowshipped members of disfellowshipped members of the Seventh-Day Adventists (long story) who got into an armed standoff with the ATF and FBI at their compound right outside the city at Mount Carmel[[note]]The compound and the Branch Davidians still exist to this day, however finding it is rather hard, as there aren't clear markings/signs around the city to locate it, it's difficult to identify thanks to a series of fires destroying some of the remaining compound buildings in the late 90's, and for obvious reasons, the surviving Davidians aren't fond of outsiders poking around the area.[[/note]], making the word "Waco" a rallying cry for {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s for years; the raid was noted as being the reason why Oklahoma City bomber Timothy [=McVeigh=] would plot his attack on the Murrah Building (intentionally carried out on the second anniversary of the siege). [[TheWoobie Poor town.]] Also, regardless of one's views on the man, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's "ranch", the "Western White House", is located a couple dozen miles outside the city. On the positive side, Creator/SteveMartin's from here, and Baylor University University, established in 1845, has claimed the title of being the oldest continuously operating university in the state of Texas (established in 1845). Texas. (They've had a rough history, too, most recently with a sex scandal.) The HGTV series ''Series/FixerUpper'' is based here as well.
9th Oct '17 6:04:08 PM nombretomado
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Combined with Austin's rich creativity-friendly culture, this has led to it becoming especially known as a hotspot for VideoGame developers: ''Creator/RetroStudios'' (known for the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' series) is based in this city. A number of other AAA game developers have Austin branches, as well, including such names Creator/BioWare, ElectronicArts, and BlizzardEntertainment.

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Combined with Austin's rich creativity-friendly culture, this has led to it becoming especially known as a hotspot for VideoGame developers: ''Creator/RetroStudios'' (known for the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' series) is based in this city. A number of other AAA game developers have Austin branches, as well, including such names Creator/BioWare, ElectronicArts, Creator/ElectronicArts, and BlizzardEntertainment.
9th Oct '17 3:32:13 PM Scorpion451
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!La Grange
-> Just let me know if you wanna go
-> to that home out on the range.
--> ''La Grange'', '''Music/ZZTop'''

A real life QuirkyTown that can't seem to stop getting attention [[WeirdnessMagnet for the oddest reasons]]. For instance, somebody went and made a play and a film about [[Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas that little "restaurant" that used to be just outside town]]. ZZ Top described the town as one of their favorite places in the world[[note]]only partly because of that chicken place[[/note]], so much so that they wrote a song about it. You might have heard it once or twice.
7th Sep '17 9:26:06 AM Rytex
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Texas's second-largest city as of the 2010 Census (passing Dallas), and the seventh-largest in the US, though the metropolitan area is much further down the list. It's billed as Texas's premier tourist destination there's Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, the Riverwalk, and of course, [[RememberTheAlamo the Alamo]][[note]]What surprises most tourists about the Alamo usually winds up being either the fact that it's right in the middle of downtown - seriously, it's right across from a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, a wax museum, and a Häagen-Dazs, and it's literally possible to walk out of the Riverwalk Mall and accidentally stumble across it, or that the shrine (the proper name for the Alamo itself; the Alamo is used officially to refer to the compound with several other buildings inside of it) is a lot smaller than most people would imagine. [[Film/PeeweesBigAdventure It also has no basement.]][[/note]]. It also is or was at one point considered the sweatiest city in the US. Historically speaking, there's still quite a bit of Mexican influence in the town. San Antonio also has a huge military presence - at one point it was the home of four Air Force bases (Lackland and Randolph are still active, Brooks has been closed and Kelly was absorbed into Lackland) and an army post (Fort Sam Houston). If you were in the Air Force and not an officer, you very likely started out at Lackland. Also notable for the San Antonio Spurs, who generally put up a good team year in and year out, and for being the home of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Creator/MichelleRodriguez, [[Music/DyingFetus Kevin Talley]], Creator/SummerGlau, and if you count people conceived in San Antonio, Music/MarilynManson - which makes it ten times more awesome. The city is located about eighty miles (roughly an hour and a half driving time depending on traffic) southwest of Austin, meaning that the two cities are sometimes conflated together and between San Antonio's tourist spots and Austin's, well, [[BuffySpeak Austin-ness]], it makes life a lot easier for tourists looking to go to a lot of Texas' big attractions.

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Texas's second-largest single city as of the 2010 Census (passing Dallas), and the seventh-largest in the US, though the metropolitan area is much further down the list. It's billed as Texas's premier tourist destination there's Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, the Riverwalk, several Spanish missions, new Braunfels just up the road, and of course, [[RememberTheAlamo the Alamo]][[note]]What surprises most tourists about the Alamo usually winds up being either the fact that it's right in the middle of downtown - seriously, it's right across from a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, a wax museum, and a Häagen-Dazs, and it's literally possible to walk out of the Riverwalk Mall and accidentally stumble across it, or that the shrine (the proper name for the Alamo itself; the Alamo is used officially to refer to the compound with several other buildings inside of it) is a lot smaller than most people would imagine. [[Film/PeeweesBigAdventure It also has no basement.]][[/note]]. It also is or was at one point considered the sweatiest city in the US. Historically speaking, there's still quite a bit of Mexican influence in the town. San Antonio also has a huge military presence - at one point it was the home of four Air Force bases (Lackland and Randolph are still active, Brooks has been closed and Kelly was absorbed into Lackland) and an army post (Fort Sam Houston). If you were in the Air Force and not an officer, you very likely started out at Lackland. Also notable for the San Antonio Spurs, who generally put up a good team year in and year out, and for being the home of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Creator/MichelleRodriguez, [[Music/DyingFetus Kevin Talley]], Creator/SummerGlau, and if you count people conceived in San Antonio, Music/MarilynManson - which makes it ten times more awesome. The city is located about eighty miles (roughly an hour and a half driving time depending on traffic) southwest of Austin, meaning that the two cities are sometimes conflated together and between San Antonio's tourist spots and Austin's, well, [[BuffySpeak Austin-ness]], it makes life a lot easier for tourists looking to go to a lot of Texas' big attractions.


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During the 2011-2015 drought, Wichita Falls became known as the town that recycled toilet water, thanks to Creator/JimmyFallon sharing it on [[LiveActionTV/TheTonightShow his late show.]]
25th Jul '17 7:17:43 PM Mujaki
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Home to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] and the [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLights Dillon]]'' [[Series/FridayNightLights High School Panthers]]) and was also the boyhood home of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Their economy is driven by the oil industry, so it follows the oil booms and busts. As such, they were hit hard during the 1980s, when the easily-accessible oil started to get tapped out, but in recent years they have have had a resurgence, with new finds and drilling techniques leading to more oil production, as well as the development of natural gas and wind energy. This has produced a vastly expanding economy and an exploding population in both cities. The downside of this is that the housing market is through the roof, with individuals with high-paying jobs barely able to keep a roof over their heads. In addition, the traffic has substantially increased on roads that were not intended to handle that amount. From 2012 to 2013, traffic fatalities increased over 300%. On top of that, the region is currently in a severe drought, so more people puts additional strain on nearly depleted reservoirs. Odessa itself has the dubious honor of being [[http://www.mrt.com/news/article/Odessa-named-most-dangerous-city-in-Texas-7399052.php the most dangerous city in Texas]] and has twice ranked as ''[[WretchedHive the murder capital of America]]''[[note]] once in 1983 and again in 2014, both during the peak oil booms of their respective generations[[/note]]. Odessa's [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School]] also has the unsavory nickname of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Permian%20High%20School "Predator High"]] due to the number of StudentTeacherRomance scandals in recent years.

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Home to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] and the [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLights Dillon]]'' [[Series/FridayNightLights High School Panthers]]) and was also the boyhood home of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Their economy is driven by the oil industry, so it follows the oil booms and busts. As such, they were hit hard during the 1980s, when the easily-accessible oil started to get tapped out, but in recent years they have have had a resurgence, with new finds and drilling techniques leading to more oil production, as well as the development of natural gas and wind energy. This has produced a vastly expanding economy and an exploding population in both cities. The downside of this is that the housing market is through the roof, with individuals with high-paying jobs barely able to keep a roof over their heads. In addition, the traffic has substantially increased on roads that were not intended to handle that amount. From 2012 to 2013, traffic fatalities increased over 300%. On top of that, the region is currently in a severe drought, so more people puts additional strain on nearly depleted reservoirs. Odessa itself has the dubious honor of being [[http://www.mrt.com/news/article/Odessa-named-most-dangerous-city-in-Texas-7399052.php the most dangerous city in Texas]] and has twice ranked as ''[[WretchedHive the murder capital of America]]''[[note]] ranked as 'murders per capita' once in 1983 and again in 2014, both during the peak oil booms of their respective generations[[/note]]. Odessa's [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School]] also has the unsavory nickname of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Permian%20High%20School "Predator High"]] due to the number of StudentTeacherRomance scandals in recent years.
25th Jul '17 7:14:43 PM Mujaki
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Home to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] and the [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLights Dillon]]'' [[Series/FridayNightLights High School Panthers]]) and was also the boyhood home of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Their economy is driven by the oil industry, so it follows the oil booms and busts. As such, they were hit hard during the 1980s, when the easily-accessible oil started to get tapped out, but in recent years they have have had a resurgence, with new finds and drilling techniques leading to more oil production, as well as the development of natural gas and wind energy. This has produced a vastly expanding economy and an exploding population in both cities. The downside of this is that the housing market is through the roof, with individuals with high-paying jobs barely able to keep a roof over their heads. In addition, the traffic has substantially increased on roads that were not intended to handle that amount. From 2012 to 2013, traffic fatalities increased over 300%. On top of that, the region is currently in a severe drought, so more people puts additional strain on nearly depleted reservoirs.

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Home to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] and the [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLights Dillon]]'' [[Series/FridayNightLights High School Panthers]]) and was also the boyhood home of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Their economy is driven by the oil industry, so it follows the oil booms and busts. As such, they were hit hard during the 1980s, when the easily-accessible oil started to get tapped out, but in recent years they have have had a resurgence, with new finds and drilling techniques leading to more oil production, as well as the development of natural gas and wind energy. This has produced a vastly expanding economy and an exploding population in both cities. The downside of this is that the housing market is through the roof, with individuals with high-paying jobs barely able to keep a roof over their heads. In addition, the traffic has substantially increased on roads that were not intended to handle that amount. From 2012 to 2013, traffic fatalities increased over 300%. On top of that, the region is currently in a severe drought, so more people puts additional strain on nearly depleted reservoirs. \n Odessa itself has the dubious honor of being [[http://www.mrt.com/news/article/Odessa-named-most-dangerous-city-in-Texas-7399052.php the most dangerous city in Texas]] and has twice ranked as ''[[WretchedHive the murder capital of America]]''[[note]] once in 1983 and again in 2014, both during the peak oil booms of their respective generations[[/note]]. Odessa's [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School]] also has the unsavory nickname of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Permian%20High%20School "Predator High"]] due to the number of StudentTeacherRomance scandals in recent years.
25th Jul '17 1:25:35 PM DynamiteXI
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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10, and as any San Angeloan will boast, is the largest city not on an interstate highway.[[note]]Well, sort of. This boast is patently ''false'' on a national level; Fresno, California (and a few other cities) have them beat by a wide margin. That said, they're the largest non-interstate city in ''Texas'', and have been as of mid-2013, when I-69E was set up in Brownsville and I-2 was set up in [=McAllen=].[[/note]]

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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10, and as any San Angeloan will boast, is the largest city not on an interstate highway.[[note]]Well, sort of. This boast is patently ''false'' on a national level; Fresno, California (and a few and several other cities) US cities have them beat by a wide margin. That said, they're the largest non-interstate city in ''Texas'', and have been as of mid-2013, when I-69E was set up in Brownsville and I-2 was set up in [=McAllen=].[[/note]]
25th Jul '17 12:33:36 PM DynamiteXI
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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10, and as any San Angeloan will boast, is the largest city not on an interstate highway.[[note]]This boast is patently ''false'' on a national level; Fresno, California (and a few other cities) have them beat by a wide margin. That said, they're the largest non-interstate city in ''Texas'', and have been as of mid-2013, when I-69E was set up in Brownsville and I-2 was set up in [=McAllen=].[[/note]]

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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10, and as any San Angeloan will boast, is the largest city not on an interstate highway.[[note]]This [[note]]Well, sort of. This boast is patently ''false'' on a national level; Fresno, California (and a few other cities) have them beat by a wide margin. That said, they're the largest non-interstate city in ''Texas'', and have been as of mid-2013, when I-69E was set up in Brownsville and I-2 was set up in [=McAllen=].[[/note]]
25th Jul '17 12:32:54 PM DynamiteXI
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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, and lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10.[[note]]San Angeloans frequently claim that they are the largest city in Texas not on the Interstate Highway System, although Brownsville may have once actually held a claim to that title. Not anymore since Interstate 69E now ends in Brownsville.[[/note]]

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Known as the Oasis of West Texas (it has three rivers and three lakes), and once known as the Mohair Capitol of the World, San Angelo is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state, and lies almost exactly halfway between Interstates 20 and 10.[[note]]San Angeloans frequently claim that they are 10, and as any San Angeloan will boast, is the largest city in Texas not on an interstate highway.[[note]]This boast is patently ''false'' on a national level; Fresno, California (and a few other cities) have them beat by a wide margin. That said, they're the Interstate Highway System, although largest non-interstate city in ''Texas'', and have been as of mid-2013, when I-69E was set up in Brownsville may have once actually held a claim to that title. Not anymore since Interstate 69E now ends and I-2 was set up in Brownsville.[=McAllen=].[[/note]]
14th Jul '17 9:52:49 PM Triscon42
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Austin is also notable for its rapid growth. Since 1940, its population has been increasing by roughly 40% every decade, and it has grown from a fairly modest government/college town to one of the largest Cities in the United States; the 11th largest as of 2013.

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Austin is also notable for its rapid growth. growth; highly unusual for a state capitol. Since 1940, its population has been increasing by roughly 40% every decade, and it has grown from a fairly modest government/college town to one of the largest Cities in the United States; the 11th largest as of 2013.
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