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Wading and Wandering
Some of the topics we looked into while you were reading last month’s issue

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    Swim all around the state in a Texas-shaped pool.
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    The Texas FFA, founded in 1929, is the largest chapter in the country.
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    No need to check your eyes. Carrots actually used to be purple or yellow.
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Splash Across Texas

In search of a Texas-sized photo op this summer? Here are some pools that are Texas-shaped, too.

Houston  The Marriott Marquis’ 550-foot-long rooftop lazy river opened in 2016.

Kerrville  The pool at the Holiday Inn Express has a lone star at the bottom that puts the city on the map.

Plano  The Texas Pool, a 168,000-gallon saltwater pool that opened in 1959, boasts a Panhandle diving board and South Texas wading area.

Know of a Texas-shaped pool near you? Let us know: letters@TexasCoopPower.com.

 

Current Favorite

One year into committing his family to an electric vehicle, John Kent, in a column for The Dallas Morning News, called his Tesla “the best thing I’ve ever paid money for.”

Kent said the vehicle has easily handled trips to Oklahoma City, Austin, Houston and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, with a range that tops out at about 264 miles.

 

The Future Looks Bright

The national FFA Organization reached a milestone late last year: 700,000 members. The student organization that supports and promotes agricultural education has chapters in all 50 states. Of course, the Texas chapter is the largest, with more than 137,000 members who “believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”

 

Counting on You

The 2020 U.S. census is well underway. The 2010 census showed that nearly half of all U.S. Latinos lived in two states: 28% in California, 19% in Texas.

 

Nature

The first cultivated carrots were purple or yellow.

 

Sport of King

Two Texas-bred horses have won the Kentucky Derby: Assault in 1946 and Middleground in 1950. Both were from the King Ranch.

 

Hail the Trail

The earliest known printed reference to the Chisholm Trail occurred 150 years ago. The Kansas Daily Commonwealth used the term to describe the major livestock route out of Texas on May 27, 1870.

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