The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex is known for its arts, entertainment, leading industries, August heat, and, of course, the Dallas Cowboys. However, not everything is as clear to see as its skyline against the flat Texas landscape. Here’s a list of crazy facts you may not know about the area (or what the locals may not be sharing):
Sixty percent of America’s paper money is printed in Fort Worth at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility.
The first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas in 1971.
There’s a white “X” in Dealey Plaza marking where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. You can stand in that exact spot if you’re willing to play Frogger with downtown traffic. (You were warned.)
Built in 1924, the Santa Fe Terminal Complex in Dallas was home to an underground railroad tunnel. It’s now bricked up, but you can still see it from the building’s parking garage. Rumor has it that the rail also helped smuggle alcohol during Prohibition.
As a part of Dallas’ “Big Things Happen Here” campaign, the city placed life-size letters “B” and “G” throughout the city for fun photo-op moments. (You stand between them, in case you were wondering.)
The historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth was one of the hideouts for the infamous Bonnie and Clyde.
On October 19, 2012, Big Tex, the beloved cowboy mascot of the Texas State Fair, burned to the ground due to an electrical accident. He was rebuilt for the 2013 Fair.
When someone says they’ll have a Coke in DFW, they may be referring to any kind of soft drink.
There are old underground pedestrian tunnels in downtown Dallas. The tunnels were built in the 1970s because an urban planner said the only way to survive the Texas heat was by going underground. He obviously wasn’t a Texan.
And, as the saying goes, “Everything’s Bigger in Texas.” Well, in these cases, they’re right:
The Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) International Airport covers more than 26.9 square miles—that’s larger than Manhattan.
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is also home to a number of world records: 1) world’s two longest arches, 2) world’s largest sliding glass doors, and 3) world’s largest HDTV video board, covering 60 yards and holding more than 30 million LED lights.
The Statue of Liberty (305 feet tall) can fit inside the AT&T Stadium (320 feet tall).
The DFW Metroplex is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.
The Texas State Fair’s iconic cowboy, Big Tex, stands 55 feet tall and wears size 96 boots. Back in 1949, Big Tex was originally the world’s largest Santa Claus till he got his cowboy makeover.
Dallas’ Galleria Mall holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest indoor Christmas tree, decorated with MORE THAN 250,000 lights and over 10,000 ornaments.