Did you know that Bridgeport is the Stagecoach Capital of Texas, the Lake Whitney area is the Getaway Capital of Texas, and Richardson is the International Business Capital of North Texas? Government Code § 391.003 lays out the guidelines for the legislature to assign “place designations.” The designations must reflect some historical or cultural significance, and the legislature may not assign the same designation to more than one event or location. A place designation lasts for 10 years but may be renewed with a new resolution. See below for a list of place designations established by the 83rd–85th Legislatures. (You can see a full list of place designations here.)

 

85th Legislature Designations

Place
Designation
Resolution
Big Spring
Lighted Poinsettia Capital of Texas
Dripping Springs
Wedding Capital of Texas
Rockwall
Live Music Capital of North Texas
Spurger
Knife Capital of Texas
Stamford
Western Art Show Capital of Texas

 

84th Legislature Designations

Place
Designation
Resolution
Abilene
Storybook Capital of Texas
Brownsville
Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley
Dripping Springs
Wedding Capital of Texas
Jasper
Butterfly Capital of Texas
Jim Hogg County
Vaquero Capital of Texas
Nocona
Classic Car Capital of Texas
Poteet
Strawberry Capital of Texas
Quitaque
Bison Capital of Texas
Terry County
Grape Capital of Texas

 

83rd Legislature Designations

Place
Designation
Resolution
Canton
Walking Capital of Texas
Floydada
Pumpkin Capital of Texas
Garland
Cowboy Hat Capital of Texas
Grand Prairie
Purple Martin Conservation Capital of Texas
Gregg County
Balloon Race Capital of Texas
Jewett
Sculpture Capital of Texas
Mansfield
Pickle Capital of Texas
Nacogdoches
Garden Capital of Texas