Only a True Texan Can Name All of These Texas Landmarks! Can You?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

The state of Texas is the second largest in the United States, with an area of 268,597 square miles and as of July 2017, it also has one of the highest populations in the country.

Texas is a state with a mixed ethnicity of people as well as a rich history and numerous national landmarks. In the city of San Antonio Texas lies The Alamo, a fortress that became the center of the Texas Revolution; the war of Independence in Texas. The Texas State Capitol is also another historic site, which is known for housing a museum filled with portraits of past governors and presidents as well as records of the great state.

Other than the two which were previously mentioned, there are several other landmarks in the state of Texas. Other historical sites, such as the San Jacinto Battlefield, Fort Worth Stockyards and Rothko Chapel can be found in the cities that make up this vast state.

Just how much do you know about the state of Texas and its historic landmarks? Will you be able to identify some of them from just an image? Only a true Texan can! Let’s see how well you do in this Texas landmark quiz!

The Battle of the Alamo was between the Mexican Republic and the Republic of Texas. It lasted from February 23 until March 6, 1836, with a Mexican victory.

The Texas State Capitol was designed by Elijah E. Myers and was built in 1888 in Downtown Austin. It contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

The San Jacinto Monument is a 567.31-foot-high column located on the Houston Ship Channel in Harris County, Texas. It is topped with a 220-ton star that commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution.

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site includes the location of the Battle of San Jacinto, and the USS Texas. The site was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

The Padre Island National Seashore is located near Corpus Christi, Texas. It is approximately 70 miles long and sees about 666,000 visitors each year.

King Ranch is located in South Texas between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. It is the largest ranch in Texas, with approximately 825,000 acres of land founded by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis in 1853.

The Sam Houston sculpture was created by Enrico Cerracchio in 1925. It is located in Houston, Texas in the northwest corner of Hermann Park. Houston was instrumental in the victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, which secured the independence of Texas from Mexico.

Stephen F. Austin was born on November 3, 1793 and died from pneumonia at the age of 43. He is known as the "Father of Texas" and remembered for bringing 300 families to the region in 1825.

Formerly known as the Waco Mammoth National Monument, this is a paleontological site and museum in Waco, Texas where fossils of of 24 Columbian mammoths and other mammals from the Pleistocene Epoch have been uncovered! It received 69,000 visitors in 2016.

The Marfa lights are also known as the Marfa ghost lights! They have been observed near U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas and some people believe them to be ghosts or UFOs, though others believe them to be atmospheric reflections of automobile headlights and campfires...

Located in Groom, Texas, this is a 19-story cross located next to Interstate 40. This free-standing cross can be seen from 20 miles away!

Bishop's Palace is also known as Gresham's Castle. It is an ornate 19,082-square foot Victorian-style house located on Broadway and 14th Street in Galveston, Texas. It was built for Texas politician Walter Gresham, his wife and their nine children.

The San Antonio Missions National HIstorical Park was established on April 1, 1983 in an effort to preserve four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. This site receives more than 600,000 visitors each year.

Palo Duro Canyon is a canyon system of the Caprock Escarpment located in the Texas Panhandle near the cities of Amarillo and Canyon. It is the second-largest canyon in the United States. Palo Duro is Spanish for "hard wood".

Home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, Cowboys Stadium is also known as AT&T Stadium. It was built between 2005 - 2009 for approximately $1.3 billion! It has an 80,000-person capacity.

The Cass County Courthouse is located in Linden, Texas and was built in 1859. It has remained in operation since 1861, making it the only existing Antebellum courthouse in Texas and therefore the oldest courthouse in continuous operation!

The George W. Bush Presidential Center opened on April 25, 2013. It is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas.

The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, Texas, founded by John and Dominique de Menil. On its interior walls are 14 black but color hued paintings by American artist Mark Rothko

The Equestrian is located in El Paso, Texas. It stands 12 meters tall and is made up of 400 smaller pieces. It portrays Mexican conquistador Don Juan de Onate.

Caddo Lake State Park of 468 acres located in eastern Texas. The lake was created by a huge log jam known as the Great Raft.

Located within the Davis Mountains of West Texas, Fort Davis National Historic Site was established in 1961 to protect one of the best remaining examples of a US Army fort in southwestern United States.

Did you know that the LBJ Ranch was known as the Texas White House? President Johnson spent approximately 20% of his time in office there! LBJ Ranch is located about 50 miles west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.

This famous cemetery is located in Austin, Texas. It was originally the burial place of Edward Burleson, Texas Revolutionary general and vice-president of the Republic of Texas, and has since expanded to include other prominent Texans as well as veterans and their spouses.

Enchanted Rock is located near Fredericksburg, Texas. It is an enormous pink granite pluton batholith which rises 1,825 feet above the earth!

The Rainbow Bridge is a through truss bridge crossing the Neches River in Southeast Texas just upstream from Sabine Lake. It was built in 1936 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The McDonald Observatory is an astronomical observatory located in Jeff Davis County, Texas. William Johnson McDonald was a Texas banker who left $850,000 to the University of Texas System to endow an astronomical observatory.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located near Dell City, Texas. It contains Guadalupe Peak, which is the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet. It is also home to the well-known peak, El Capitan.

Big Bend National Park is located in West Texas on the border with Mexico. It is approximately 801,000 acres large and contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.

Located in the downtown cultural district of Abilene, Texas is the Story Book Capitol of Texas. This is the home of 24 sculptures of various characters such "David & Fergus", "Guardians of Childhood", "Seymour" as well as 6 Dr. Seuss friends!

Fair Park is a 277-acre recreational and educational complex located in Dallas, Texas. The site was originally established for the Dallas State Fair in 1886 and was developed by landscape architect and city planner George Kessler.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building. The museum examines the life, times, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and is located at the very spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the president on November 22, 1963.

The Dallas Zoo Giraffe Statue is 67 feet tall. You can see it about one-mile away on I-35 in Texas. It is the tallest statue in all of Texas!

Spindletop is a salt dome oil field located in Beaumont, Texas. The Lucas gusher was the first major gusher of the Texas Oil Boom in 1901.

The USS Lexington (CV-16) was nicknamed The Blue Ghost. It is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built for the US Navy during World War II. It is docked now in Corpus Christi, Texas and operates as a museum.

This historical building was built in 1849 by the German settlers of the Texas Hill Country. It now operates as a general store.

Fort Concho is a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the city of San Angelo, Texas since 1935. It is considered "one of the most beautiful and best ordered posts in Texas"!

Its full name is The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía! It is a fort constructed by the Spanish Army that became the center of the modern-day city of Goliad, Texas

The Stonehenge replica is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. It matches the original Stonehenge horizontally, but falls "short" in replicating the height.

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is located near the city of Quitaque, Texas. It is 15,314 acres of canyon land, making it the 3rd-largest state park in Texas.

NASA was formed on November 1, 1961, and this center was built by Joseph L. Smith & Associates, Inc. It is where human spaceflight training, research and flight control are conducted by NASA.

Tall Ship ELISSA is currently moored in Galveston, Texas. It is one of the oldest ships sailing today - it was originally launched in 1877!

Located in Kilgore, Texas, World's Richest Acre Park is where the greatest concentration of oil wells in the world once stood. Kilgore is known as The City of Stars.

Built in 1854, the Texas Governor's Mansion is located at 1010 Colorado Street in Austin, Texas. It has been the home of every governor since 1856.

Dr. Pepper is the oldest of the major brand soft drinks in America. It was created, manufactured and first sold in 1885 in Waco, Texas.

Though the original statue lives in Arlington, Virginia, this clay replica is located at The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. It sits adjacent to the airport and can be seen by travelers and visitors alike.

Located in Austin, Texas, this bridge has become famous as a temporary home for 1.5 million migrating Mexican bats. Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see them emerge!

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, members of the art group Ant Farm.

The Galveston Seawall is located in Galveston, Texas of course! It was built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 for protection from future hurricanes. It extends more than 10 miles along the coast.

Hermann Park is one of Houston's most-visited public parks. It was created in 1914 and has approximately 5.5 visitors each year.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse was built in 1852 to help guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. During the American Civil War the lighthouse was occupied by soldiers from both sides as a look-out post.

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