You’ve heard the saying before, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Heck, if you look at a map of the contiguous United States, it’s even the biggest state! Texans take great pride in building up their state, and have ensured that everything is bigger and better in Texas. From gas stations with 60 pumps to the famous Giant Eyeball in Dallas measuring 30 feet in height, we assure you that everything is bigger in Texas.
Let’s look at three examples of things just being bigger in Texas than elsewhere. It can be truly astonishing to what degree this statement is true, as there are things that have been enlarged in Texas that no one would think to make bigger on their own.
Fortunately, Texans are able to put the time and money into creating such large monuments and places. Afterall, they enjoy a robust economy featuring successful companies in the financial services, technology, construction, and transportation industries — just to name a few. These, like so many others, have enabled this great Texan economy to build bigger. Texas would be the 10th largest economy in the world if it was a sovereign nation — just behind Brazil! In the U.S, Texas is the second largest economy, with California ahead and New York behind.
Without further ado, let’s explore these three fascinating examples of everything being bigger in the state of Texas!
- Dallas’s Giant Eyeball
If you live outside of the state of Texas, then your state almost certainly does not have a statue of an eyeball bigger than the one in Dallas, Texas. Surprisingly, Dallas is not the only state in America to have placed a statue of an eyeball in such a prominent location.
The artist of the Giant Eyeball in Dallas also made the structure in St. Louis, Missouri. However, the statue there is only 7 feet tall, making this a prime example of things in Texas just being bigger.
- Buc-ee’s Gas Station
The biggest gas station in the world is, of course, in Texas! People travel from around the country to this gas station in New Braunfels, Texas. In fact, many refer to it as a tourist destination of its own, rather than just a stop on the road.
Coming in at 66,335 square feet, Buc-ee’s gas station in New Braunfels is the largest convenience store — larger than an American football field. Their gas station itself is also the biggest in the country, with a staggering 60 pumps. You can truly spend an entire day exploring Buc-ee’s.
- The Katy Freeway
There is nothing more American than wide freeways scraping over the natural landscape, and Texas does it bigger and better than anyone else! The Katy Freeway, also known as Interstate 10, reaches up to 26 lanes in width. It is truly a sight to behold if you ever drive down this interstate.
Fortunately, you shouldn’t have to worry about traffic on this road as it comfortably serves over 200,000 vehicles daily.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully you found our list helpful and that you now have an idea on what Texas does bigger. There are countless more examples that we did not include in the article, but be sure to check out other lists such as AIA Dallas’s list of their own.