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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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11th Jul '17 11:06:09 AM RogueLeader
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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 actually hold the title.[[/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 the largest city in Texas not on the Interstate Highway System, although Brownsville may have once actually hold the title.held a claim to that title. Not anymore since Interstate 69E now ends in Brownsville.[[/note]]
12th Apr '17 12:01:35 PM DynamiteXI
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!Abilene and Sweetwater
Named for a town in Kansas that it has surpassed in population, Abilene is a mid-sized city in the west-central portion of the state. Though somewhat similar to San Angelo (see below), inasmuch as they're both mid-sized college towns with an Air Force base within 90 miles of each other (not far by Texas standards), Abilene is the city equivalent of AlwaysSomeoneBetter -- the population is a little bigger, the city has more universities (three to San Angelo's one), they have a zoo, and they have many chain stores and restaurants that San Angelo lacks.[[note]]In San Angelo, people joked for ''years'' that you had to drive to Abilene to eat at the Olive Garden, until San Angelo finally got its own Olive Garden in 2006. Today, the joke still applies for pretty much everything else.[[/note]] This growth is due largely to the fact that Abilene is located right on Interstate 20, which connects directly to the DFWMetroplex to the east, whereas San Angelo is on its own without an interstate connection. Naturally, this has led to a bit of a friendly rivalry between the two cities, most frequently on display come high school football season.

Despite this, Abilene loves its frontier roots, and prides itself on its educational merits. It's also very active in the energy industry; it's very close with the petroleum industry, and is not far from a plateau of wind turbines to its immediate south that is based out of nearby Sweetwater.

Speaking of Sweetwater, this smaller town shows up from time to time in media as a stereotypical Old West town, mostly due to its distinctive name.[[note]]Which is named for the area's water sources, but was derived from the Kiowa name for the region, "Mobeetie," which translates to "sweet water."[[/note]] Nowadays, it's best known for its annual rattlesnake roundup, and for the [[Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges 1993 Sweetwater All-Stars]].



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 actually hold the title.[[/note]] San Angelo came into national prominence a few years ago during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YFZ_Ranch#April_2008_raid 2008 YFZ Ranch raid]], as many of the associated criminal trials took place in San Angelo. Currently undergoing a smaller oil boom than the one in Odessa–Midland. San Angelo has a university and an Air Force base, a burgeoning art and live music scene (Los Lonely Boys are from San Angelo), and is somewhat cynically known by locals as a town of [[http://youtu.be/BR4grtllJxo bad driving]] and horrible tap water.

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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 actually hold the title.[[/note]] [[/note]]

In its original form in the late 1800s, the town was a WretchedHive of saloons and bordellos for the soldiers across the river at Fort Concho to enjoy. That changed in 1882 when
San Angelo came had to clean up its act and become county seat after the original county seat was destroyed in a flood. Today, though it's a modern city, San Angelo pretty much flies under the radar, though it did come into some slight national prominence a few years ago during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YFZ_Ranch#April_2008_raid 2008 YFZ Ranch raid]], as many of the associated criminal trials took place in San Angelo. Currently undergoing a smaller oil boom than the one in Odessa–Midland. Angelo.

San Angelo has a university and an Air Force base, a burgeoning art and live music scene (Los (OneHitWonder bands the Cavaliers and Los Lonely Boys are each from San Angelo), and is somewhat cynically known by locals as a town of [[http://youtu.be/BR4grtllJxo bad driving]] and horrible tap water.
27th Dec '16 8:07:42 AM DynamiteXI
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Home to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] and the [[FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLight 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 [[FridayNightLights [[Film/FridayNightLights Permian High School Panthers]] (not to be confused with the ''[[Series/FridayNightLight ''[[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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